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Anna Quindlen

Anna Quindlen is an American journalist and opinion columnist whose New York Times column, Public and Private, won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992.
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If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.

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O ye of little faith, who believe that somehow the birth of Christ is dependent upon acknowledgment in a circular from OfficeMax!

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A man who builds his own pedestal had better use strong cement.

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You cannot be really first-rate at your work if your work is all you are.

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Or what about the statue in California currently said to be crying bloody tears? Why worry about the alleged weeping of a plaster effigy when so many actual human beings have reason to cry?

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I show up. I listen. I try to laugh.

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I think that anyone who comes upon a Nautilus machine suddenly will agree with me that its prototype was clearly invented at some time in history when torture was considered a reasonable alternative to diplomacy.

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The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous.

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Don't ever confuse the two, your life and your work. That's what I have to say. The second is only a part of the first.

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The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

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A finished person is a boring person.

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All of us want to do well. But if we do not do good, too, then doing well will never be enough.

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When an actress takes off her clothes onscreen but a nursing mother is told to leave, what message do we send about the roles of women? In some ways we're as committed to the old madonna-whore dichotomy as ever. And the madonna stays home, feeding the baby behind the blinds, a vestige of those days when for a lady to venture out was a flagrant act of public exposure.

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When you leave college, there are thousands of people out there with the same degree you have; when you get a job, there will be thousands of people doing what you want to do for a living. But you are the only person alive who has sole custody of your life.

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If God had meant Harvard professors to appear in People magazine, She wouldn't have invented The New York Review of Books.

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But never fear, gentlemen; castration was really not the point of feminism, and we women are too busy eviscerating one another to take you on.

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I can't think of anything to write about except families. They are a metaphor for every other part of society.

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I realized that, while I would never be my mother nor have her life, the lesson she had left me was that it was possible to love and care for a man and still have at your core a strength so great that you never even needed to put it on display.

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Women are the glue that hold our day-to-day world together.

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I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

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There's a certain kind of conversation you have from time to time at parties in New York about a new book. The word "banal" sometimes rears its by-now banal head; you say "underedited," I say "derivative." The conversation goes around and around various literary criticisms, and by the time it moves on one thing is clear: No one read the book; we just read the reviews.

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But it's important, while we are supporting lessons in respecting others, to remember that many of our youngest kids need to learn to respect themselves. You learn your worth from the way you are treated.

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Think of life as a terminal illness, because, if you do, you will live it with joy and passion, as it ought to be lived.

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I came to the realization that there were certain public issues that were most usefully dealt with within some sort of framework of at least my private beliefs, if not my private life.

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It's so much easier to write a resume than to craft a spirit.

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