Judith Viorst Quotes

Adolescence involves our nutty-desperate-ecstatic-rash psychological efforts to come to terms with new bodies and outrageous urges. Judith Viorst

One advantage of marriage, it seems to me, is that when you fall out of love with him, or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you maybe fall in again. Judith Viorst

Somewhere slightly before or after the close of our second decade, we reach a momentous milestone – childhood’s end. We have left a safe place and can’t go home again. We have moved into a world where life isn’t fair, where life is rarely what it should be. Judith Viorst

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there. Judith Viorst

Because we believe ourselves to be better parents than our parents, we expect to produce ‘better’ children than they produced. Judith Viorst

We will have to give up the hope that, if we try hard, we somehow will always do right by our children. The connection is imperfect. We will sometimes do wrong. Judith Viorst

Friends broaden our horizons. They serve as new models with whom we can identify. They allow us to be ourselves – and accept us that way. They enhance our self-esteem because they think we’re okay, because we matter to them. And because they matter to us – for various reasons, at various levels of intensity – they enrich the quality of our emotional life. Judith Viorst

With four walk-in closets to walk in,
Three bushes, two shrubs, and one tree,
The suburbs are good for the children,
But no place for grown-ups to be.
Judith Viorst