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I would be most content if my children grew up to be
by Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

Related topics: Design

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

There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one,
and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents
into whatever it takes to keep you afloat.
- Anna Quindlen

Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.
- Anna Quindlen

 

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.
- Anna Quindlen

I will never understand people who think that the way
to show their righteous opposition to sexual freedom
is to write letters full of filthy words.
- Anna Quindlen

In the family sandwich, the older people and the younger
ones can recognize one another as the bread.
Those in the middle are, for a time,
the meat.
- Anna Quindlen

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A finished person is a boring person.
- Anna Quindlen

New York City has finally hired women to pick up the garbage,
which makes sense to me, since, as I've discovered,
a good bit of being a woman consists of picking up garbage.
- Anna Quindlen

People always blame the girl; she should have said no.
A monosyllable, but conventional wisdom has always
been that boys can't manage it.
- Anna Quindlen

Here is the real domino theory - gay man to gay man,
bisexual man to straight woman, addict mother to newborn baby,
they all fall down and someday it will come to you.
- Anna Quindlen

Ignorant free speech often works against the speaker.
That is one of several reasons why it must be given
rein instead of suppressed.
- Anna Quindlen

The victim mentality may be the last uncomplicated
thing about life in America.
- Anna Quindlen

There is something so settled and stodgy about turning
a great romance into next of kin on an emergency room form,
and something so soothing and special,
too.
- Anna Quindlen

The greatest public health threat for many American
women is the men they live with.
- Anna Quindlen

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

Look back, to slavery, to suffrage, to integration and one thing is clear.
Fashions in bigotry come and go.
The right thing lasts.
- Anna Quindlen

If you want something, it will elude you.
If you do not want something, you will get ten of it in the mail.
- Anna Quindlen

America is a country that seems forever to be toddler or teenager,
at those two stages of human development characterized
by conflict between autonomy and security.
- Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

I once wanted to be a personage.
Now I am comfortable being a person.
- Anna Quindlen

There is a lot of talk now about metal detectors and gun control.
Both are good things.
But they are no more a solution than forks and spoons
are a solution to world hunger.
- Anna Quindlen

Life is not so much about beginnings and endings as
it is about going on and on and on.
It is about muddling through the middle.
- Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people,
they may be mocking or cursing their own child.
- Anna Quindlen

Somewhere between a third and a quarter of all people
living in America today were born between 1946 and
1965 and if you think you're tired of hearing about us,
you should try being one of us.
- Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

The issue is privacy.
Why is the decision by a woman to sleep with a man
she has just met in a bar a private one,
and the decision to sleep with the same man for $100
subject to criminal penalties?
- Anna Quindlen

Ideas are only lethal if you suppress and don't discuss them.
Ignorance is not bliss, it's stupid.
Banning books shows you don't trust your kids to think
and you don't trust yourself to be able to talk to them.
- Anna Quindlen

Even as we enumerate their shortcomings,
the rigor of raising children ourselves makes clear
to us our mothers' incredible strength.
We fear both.
If they are not strong, who will protect us? If they are not imperfect,
how can we equal them?
- Anna Quindlen

The future is built on brains, not prom court,
as most people can tell you after attending their high school reunion.
But you'd never know it by talking to kids or listening
to the messages they get from the culture and even from their schools.
- Anna Quindlen

I would even go to Washington, which is saying something for me,
just to glimpse Jane Q. Public, being sworn in as the
first female president of the United States,
while her husband holds the Bible and wears a silly
pill box hat and matching coat.
- Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

The problem...
is emblematic of what hasn't changed during the equal
opportunity revolution of the last 20 years.
Doors opened; opportunities evolved.
Law, institutions, corporations moved forward.
But many minds did not.
- Anna Quindlen

If I get the forty additional years statisticians say are likely coming to me,
I could fit in at least one, maybe two new lifetimes.
Sad that only one of those lifetimes can include being
the mother of young children.
- Anna Quindlen

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.
- Anna Quindlen

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When you are content to be simply yourself
and don't compare or compete,
everybody will respect you.
- Lao Tzu

You should never be content with so little,
when you can reach out for something big.
- Charles L. Allen
(This quote is about making a big difference
in the world - not about greed)

The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
- Plato

Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu

If you want to improve,
be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
- Epictetus

The mystery of the beginning
of all things is insoluble by us;
and I for one, must be content to remain an agnostic.
- Charles Darwin

I look to a day when people will not be judged
by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

My great concern is not whether you have failed,
but whether you are content with your failure.
- Abraham Lincoln

I have a dream that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will
not be judged by the color of their skin,
but by the content of their character.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

One cannot have a mind that is empty of all thoughts,
but one can have a mind that is content with
whatever thoughts fill it at the moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A man content to go to heaven alone will never go to heaven.
- Boethius

Although personally I am quite content with existing explosives,
I feel we must not stand in the path of improvement.
- Winston Churchill

Everything has its wonders, even darkness and silence,
and I learn, whatever state I may be in, therein to be content.
- Helen Keller

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

People disparage knowing and the intellectual life,
and urge doing.
I am content with knowing, if only I could know.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was always interested in doing it,
but I was so content with my life that I didn't really go after it.
- Shannyn Sossamon

We havent really paid much attention to thought as a process.
we have engaged in thoughts, but we have only paid
attention to the content,
not to the process.
- David Bohm

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
- Ansel Adams

I'm content to stand on tradition.
I'm even more content to wipe my feet on it.
- Aaron Allston

Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry
are all categories of man's expression which are valid
only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

As a rule, one should never place form over content.
- Manuel Puig

Comedy is really not like any other art form in that
it's very specialized and varied in it's content,
but generic in it's title.
- Joe Rogan

Author: A fool who, not content with having bored those who have lived with him,
insists on tormenting generations to come.
- Baron de Montesquieu

I knew style and content went hand in hand.
- Boy George

My music has always been strong in melodic content.
- Chuck Mangione

While you are experimenting, do not remain content
with the surface of things.
- Ivan Pavlov

What really decides consumers to buy or not to buy
is the content of your advertising,
not its form.
- David Ogilvy

Success is getting and achieving what you want.
Happiness is wanting and being content with what you get.
- Bernard Meltzer

There are very few things that are purely conceptual
without any hard content.
- Kevin Bacon

I resent the idea that people would blame the messenger for the message,
rather than looking at the content of the message itself.
- Anita Hill

Be content with what you are, and wish not change;
nor dread your last day,
nor long for it.
- Marcus Aurelius


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