1. Posted on 19 June, 2012

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    It’s odd when I think of the arc of my life, from child to young woman to aging adult. First I was who I was. Then I didn’t know who I was. Then I invented someone, and became her. Then I’d began to like what I’d invented. And finally, I was what I was again.

    — Anna Quindlen, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake (via nique)

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  1. All of the qualities that you need to be a good opinion columnist tend to be qualities that aren’t valued in women.

    — Anna Quindlen, who won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1992, on today’s Fresh Air.

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  1. I haven’t lost my faith but I’ve lost my religion. I still believe in something so deeply. … I’ve never really gotten past that quote from Anne Frank in her diary, where she says that people are really good at heart. But I feel like the Catholic Church – no – the Catholic hierarchy has been disinviting people like me and especially women like me for so many years that I finally took the hint.

    — Anna Quindlen on religion and faith [full interview here]

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  1. When you have a daughter and you say to her, ‘Look, things are not going to be fair for you. People might treat you in a certain way because you’re female. Might say this thing or that thing.’ That’s kind of easy. When you’re saying to your boys, ‘Okay, there’s a certain kind of privilege that comes along with being a white man and you should not take that.’ That’s a kind of craziness. That’s asking them to be different from people – certainly different from the macho men who they might see on TV or hear around them. I just felt like the payoff ultimately was going to be so great.

    — Anna Quindlen on raising feminist boys. [full interview here]

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  1. Hello! What is this, 1962? It’s being debated – it has no traction in the world. None of us are out there saying, ‘Gee, should you be able to buy the Pill or should you not be able to buy the Pill?’ All of this is an attempt in a rapidly changing age to put the genie of freedom back in the bottle and guess what? It does not work. We are accustomed to living a certain way. Our daughters take certain things as bedrock. And a couple of guys in Washington arguing about this? Or Presidential debates? They’re not going to change that.

    — Anna Quindlen on contraception [full interview here]

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  1. Posted on 23 April, 2012

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    Begin with that most terrifying of all things, a clean slate. Then look, every day, at the choices you are making, and when you ask yourself why you are making them, find this answer: for me, for me.

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    Anna Quindlen, 1999 Mount Holyoke Commencement Speech  (via le-toit)

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  1. Posted on 23 April, 2012

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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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    Anna Quindlen (via meeeeeeemz)

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