"Even as we enumerate their shortcomings, the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear to us our mothers' incredible strength. We fear both. If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect, how can we equal them?"
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Anna Quindlen on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Anna Quindlen on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Anna Quindlen on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Anna Quindlen on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Anna Quindlen on Ernest Hemingway
"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."