"I have two daughters and I have done everything in my power to prevent them from assimilating, even being aware of, my idiocy about my weight."
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."Ayelet Waldman on Abraham Lincoln
"Being powerful is like being a lady. If you have to tell people you are, you aren't."Ayelet Waldman on Margaret Thatcher
"Knowledge will give you power, but character respect."Ayelet Waldman on Bruce Lee
"All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth."Ayelet Waldman on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character is power."Ayelet Waldman on Booker T. Washington
"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?"
"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."
"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."