Authors — Q

Quotations by Anna Quindlen

A finished person is a boring person.

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

Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and dolphins from tuna nets, the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.

If men got pregnant, there would be safe, reliable methods of birth control. They’d be inexpensive, too.

Maybe someday it will seem quaint that, during a time of plague, some of the parents of the 1990s wanted to deny their children protection so that they could safeguard their own self-image. Or maybe we’ll just seem like a bunch of lunatics.

More than a decade after our fellow citizens began bedding down on the sidewalks, their problems continue to seem so intractable that we have begun to do psychologically what government has been incapable of doing programmatically. We bring the numbers down — not by solving the problem, but by deciding it’s their own damn fault.

My child looked at me and I looked back at him in the delivery room, and I realized that out of a sea of infinite possibilities it had come down to this: a specific person, born on the hottest day of the year, conceived on a Christmas Eve, made by his father and me miraculously from scratch.

The conclusion has never changed: the worst sort of people come here for the worst sort of reasons and put upon those of us who have conveniently forgotten where we came from and how we got here.

The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.

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.