Caitlin Flanagan Quotes & Wallpapers

Caitlin Flanagan
Total Quotes: 22

Mothers ... would do anything to steer their daughter the right way. It is frustrating beyond measure for them when a daughter screams, 'You don't understand, and you'll never understand!' The mother stamps her foot in aggravation, but in this case the daughter is right: the mother doesn't understand. She merely remembers, and memory is separate from experience. Caitlin Flanagan

In many respects a teenage girl's home is more important to her than at any time since she was a small child. She also needs emotional support and protection from the most corrosive cultural forces that seek to exploit her when she is least able to resist. Caitlin Flanagan

Becoming a woman is an act partly of nature and partly of self-invention. Caitlin Flanagan

It can be demonstrated from history that no society has ever survived after its family life deteriorated. Caitlin Flanagan

I miss my mother very much, and I feel closest to her when I have dinner in the oven and the children are nearby playing and I'm reading a book or doing some little project. Caitlin Flanagan

Every great culture has cared a lot, one way or another, about the fate of its girls. Caitlin Flanagan

I was really influenced by Joan Didion and Pauline Kael; they were both at the height of their influence when I was coming into my own as a reader. Caitlin Flanagan

Pubescent girls, it seems, are manifestly more likely to exhibit extreme and bizarre psychological symptoms than are teenage boys. Caitlin Flanagan

My father was a writer; I've known a lot of children of writers - daughters and sons of writers, and it can be a hard way to grow up. Caitlin Flanagan

To really love Joan Didion-to have been blown over by things like the smell of jasmine and the packing list she kept by her suitcase-you have to be female. Caitlin Flanagan

Planning a wedding is hell. Things are said. Doors are slammed. Quarrels about the most inconsequential things-yellow tablecloths or white? hors d'oeuvres set out on tables or passed around on trays?-are often pitched at such a level that it seems the combatants may never recover from them. Much of the anxiety, of course, is tribal. It is wrenching to have to open the sacred circle to admit an outsider. Caitlin Flanagan

Divorce in a young-adult novel means what being orphaned meant in a fairy tale: vulnerability, danger, unwanted independence. Caitlin Flanagan

I used to teach at a private school, and the parents thought I loved their children. I did not love their children! I liked them well enough, but I was always delighted to see them go off for summer vacation. Caitlin Flanagan

My mother was very involved with Cesar Chavez's work on behalf of the migrant farm workers in California. Caitlin Flanagan

Marriage remains the most efficient engine of disenchantment yet invented. Caitlin Flanagan

What the altar-bound of today end up buying from their numberless vendors is a dog's breakfast of bridal excess - part society wedding of the twenties, part Long Island Italian wedding of the fifties. It's The Philadelphia Story and The Wedding Singer served up together in one curious and costly buffet. Caitlin Flanagan

I come from an immigrant culture. I'm only a couple of generations away from having been a servant girl myself. Caitlin Flanagan

If you're a writer, you just keep following the path - keep going deeper and deeper into the things that interest you. Caitlin Flanagan

Female adolescence is - universally - an emotionally and psychologically intense period. Caitlin Flanagan

Girls are the best readers in the world. Reading is really a way of kind of escaping so deeply into yourself and pursuing your own thoughts within the construct of a story. Caitlin Flanagan

Girls are really looking to places that have limits and boundaries: where adults are the adults and there are rules, and where they feel safe. Caitlin Flanagan

Keeping a diary is like closing your bedroom door and refusing to come out until dinnertime: it is a declaration of self. Caitlin Flanagan

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