"Women who marry early are often overly enamored of the kind of man who looks great in wedding pictures and passes the maid of honor his telephone number."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Anna Quindlen on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Anna Quindlen on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Anna Quindlen on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Anna Quindlen on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Anna Quindlen on Winston Churchill
"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."