Mignon McLaughlin


American Author and Journalist, Copy Editor for Vogue magazine and Managing Editor of Glamour magazine

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What you can't get out of, get into whole-heartedly.

Women are never landlocked: they?re always mere minutes away from the briny deep of tears.

What you were sure of yesterday, you know now to be false, but what you are sure of today is absolutely true.

Women are the right age for just a few years; men, for most of their lives.

We catch frightful glimpses of ourselves in the hostile eyes of others.

Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing.

Women flirt to keep their stock high, men to get somewhere.

We choose those we like; with those we love, we have no say in the matter.

When a man comes to love a woman exactly as she had dreamed, she decides he is a weakling.

Women gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food, and forget how unresponsive their husbands are. Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food, and forget how demanding their wives are. Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.

We climb mountains because they are there, and worship God because He is not.

When a stranger identifies you from a friend's description, it's just as well you didn't hear the description.

You never realize how tacky your furniture is till you try to give it to the Salvation Army and they won't take it.

We come late, if at all, to wine and philosophy; whiskey and action are easier.

When a woman reaches forty, she must wait twenty years for her husband to catch up.

You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.

We have to call it "freedom": who'd want to die for "a lesser tyranny"?

When children are bored, it reflects on us all.

Young lovers and young nations face the same problem: after orgasm, what?

We hear only half of what is said to us, understand only half of that, believe only half of that, and remember only half of that.

When we first fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right.

Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time.

We sometimes feel that we have been really understood, but it was always long ago, by someone now dead.

When we have been humiliated by someone we love, it takes all our strength to pretend to recover from it.

Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn't.

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American Author and Journalist, Copy Editor for Vogue magazine and Managing Editor of Glamour magazine