Gail Sheehy

Gail
Sheehy
1937

American Writer, Journalist, Lecturer and Author

Author Quotes

The perceptions of middle age have their own luminosity.

Ah, mastery... what a profoundly satisfying feeling when one finally gets on top of a new set of skills... and then sees the light under the new door those skills can open, even as another door is closing.

The secret of a leader lies in the tests he has faced over the whole course of his life and the habit of action he develops in meeting those tests.

Because men have to, and women can chose to. Women remind men and guilt them into it.

The source of continuing aliveness was to find your passion and pursue it, with whole heart and single mind.

Changes are not only possible and predictable, but to deny them is to be an accomplice to one's own unnecessary vegetation.

There certainly are middle-aged children who have an oh-my-God, Mom's-gone-wild reaction if Mom starts to date. But what they should recognize is that if Mom has a boyfriend, she won't be nagging them about how they have to come to her for Christmas.

Every day is an awakening, you will never grow old. You will just keep growing.

There is no more defiant denial of one man's ability to possess one woman exclusively than the prostitute who refuses to be redeemed.

Going to Hollywood to talk about menopause was a little like going to Las Vegas to sell savings accounts.

There is nothing in the world as great as finding your sexual excitement in your fifties.

Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. It may mean a giving up of familiar but limiting patterns, safe but unrewarding work, values no longer believed in, relationships that have lost their meaning. As Dostoevsky put it, Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most. The real fear should be of the opposite course.

To hear how special and wonderful we are is endlessly enthralling.

He was right. In those first days after the President's admission to the nation, even his staunchest supporters had been scarcely able to contain their rage. I wish ... I had the guts to tell him what I really think.

Transformation also means looking for ways to stop pushing yourself so hard professionally or inviting so much stress.

If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security. If we don't change, we don't grow. If we don't grow, we are not really living. Growth demands a temporary surrender of security.

We are not unlike a particularly hardy crustacean. . . With each passage from one stage of human growth to the next we, too, must shed a protective structure. We are left exposed and vulnerable -- but also yeasty and embryonic again, capable of stretching in ways we hadn't known before. These sheddings may take several years or more. Coming out of each passage, though, we enter a longer and more stable period in which we can expect relative tranquility and a sense of equilibrium regained.

It is a paradox that as we reach our prime, we also see there is a place where it finishes.

We hear the haunting presentiment of a dutiful middle age in the current reluctance of young people to select any option except the one they feel will impinge upon them the least.

It is a silly question to ask a prostitute why she does it. These are the highest-paid "professional" women in America.

When men reach their sixties and retire, they go to pieces. Women go right on cooking.

No sooner do we think we have assembled a comfortable life than we find a piece of ourselves that has no place to fit in.

With each passage of human growth we must shed a protective structure (like a hardy crustacean). We are left exposed and vulnerable - but also yeasty and embryonic again, capable of stretching in ways we hadn't known before.

Over the next few years the boardrooms of America are going to light up with hot flashes.

With the only certainty in our daily existence being change, and a rate of change growing always faster in a kind of technological leapfrog game, speed helps people think they are catching up.

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First Name
Gail
Last Name
Sheehy
Birth Date
1937
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American Writer, Journalist, Lecturer and Author