"The future is built on brains, not prom court, as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion. But you'd never know it by talking to kids or listening to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools."
"The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."Anna Quindlen on Winston Churchill
"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."Anna Quindlen on Oscar Wilde
"Again, you can't connect the dots looking forward you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something - your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."Anna Quindlen on Steve Jobs
"I never think of the future - it comes soon enough."Anna Quindlen on Albert Einstein
"It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves."Anna Quindlen on William Shakespeare
"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
"There is little premium in poetry in a world that thinks of Pound and Whitman as a weight and a sampler, not an Ezra, a Walt, a thing of beauty, a joy forever."
"I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me."
"I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves."
"The clearest explanation for the failure of any marriage is that the two people are incompatible that is, that one is male and the other female."
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