"I will never understand people who think that the way to show their righteous opposition to sexual freedom is to write letters full of filthy words."
"Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged."Anna Quindlen on Ronald Reagan
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."Anna Quindlen on Nelson Mandela
"If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom."Anna Quindlen on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do."Anna Quindlen on Robert A. Heinlein
"Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err."Anna Quindlen on Mahatma Gandhi
"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."