"The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."
"Sometimes I think my husband is so amazing that I don't know why he's with me. I don't know whether I'm good enough. But if I make him happy, then I'm everything I want to be."Anna Quindlen on Angelina Jolie
"If you tell people where to go, but not how to get there, you'll be amazed at the results."Anna Quindlen on George S. Patton
"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit."Anna Quindlen on Harry S. Truman
"If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you."Anna Quindlen on Les Brown
"Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."Anna Quindlen on Conan O'Brien
"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."
"I'm sure not afraid of success and I've learned not to be afraid of failure. The only thing I'm afraid of now is of being someone I don't like much."