"By presenting a faithful and honest record of my experience as a mother, I hope to show both my readers and my children how truth can redeem even what you fear might be the gravest of sins."
"Life can only be understood backwards but it must be lived forwards."Ayelet Waldman on Soren Kierkegaard
"The only source of knowledge is experience."Ayelet Waldman on Albert Einstein
"Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn."Ayelet Waldman on C. S. Lewis
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."Ayelet Waldman on Oscar Wilde
"A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way."Ayelet Waldman on Mark Twain
"By the time the children go to bed, I am as drained as any mother who has spent her day working, car pooling, building Lego castles and shopping for the precisely correct soccer cleat."
"Despite the fact that in America we incarcerate more juveniles for life terms than in any other country in the world, the truth is that the vast majority of youth offenders will one day be released. The question is simple and stark. Do we want to help them change or do we want to help them become even more violent and dangerous?"
"Before I was married, I didn't consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn't do 'do-it-yourself.' When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers."
"Personally, I think four is the perfect number of children for our particular family. Four is enough to create the frenzied cacophony that my husband and I find so joyful."
"As a novelist, I mined my history, my family and my memory, but in a very specific way. Writing fiction, I never made use of experiences immediately as they happened. I needed to let things fester in my memory, mature and transmogrify into something meaningful."