Quotation by Anna Quindlen

I'm not making light of prayers here, but of so-called school prayer, which bears as much resemblance to real spiritual experience as that freeze-dried astronaut food bears to a nice standing rib roast. From what I remember of praying in school, it was almost an insult to God, a rote exercise in moving your mouth while daydreaming or checking out the cutest boy in the seventh grade that was a far, far cry from soul-searching.
Anna Quindlen (b. 1952), U.S. journalist, columnist, author. The New York Times, sect. A, p. 23 (December 7, 1994).
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