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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 1, p. 21 (April 16, 1994).

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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 4, p. 13 (April 11, 1993).

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  • Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around, and nearly every book represents what my son's third grade teacher refers to as a "teachable moment."
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times (June 29, 1994).

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  • Like cellulite creams or hair-loss tonics, capital punishment is one of those panaceas that isn't. Only it costs a whole lot more.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 1, p. 23 (November 19, 1994).

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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. 4, p. 17 (January 31, 1993).
  • The misdeeds of ordinary men can be buried with them, and their lives described in half-truths that are really half-lies. But not a public man. Particularly not this one.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. A, p. 17 (April 27, 1994). on media coverage of the funeral of former president Richard M. Nixon.
  • Amid attempts to protect elephants from ivory poachers and dolphins from tuna nets, the rights of children go remarkably unremarked.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. A, p. 23 (November 23, 1994). On the absence of provisions against child labor in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, known as GATT.

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  • Kids and violent TV, violent TV and violence, violence and kids. The only people missing from this discussion are the parents. Where are we? Gone. Abdicated.
    Anna Quindlen (b. 1953), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. A, p. 27 (October 28, 1993).

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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. One True Thing, p. 172, Random House (1994).

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  • 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 (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. (July 29, 1990). Thinking Out Loud, p. 55, Random House (1993).

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