Mignon McLaughlin


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

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We work for praise, and dawdle once we have it.

With each passing year, one has less to say, and knows better how to say it.

What a shame that allowances have to stop with the teens: both those that are paid to us and those that are made for us.

With men, as with women, the main struggle is between vanity and comfort; but with men, comfort often wins.

What we forgive too freely doesn?t stay forgiven.

Without enthusiasm, virtue functions not at all, and vice only poorly.

What we love about love is the fever, which marriage puts to bed and cures.

Women are good listeners, but it?s a waste of time telling your troubles to a man unless there?s something specific you want him to do.

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"?

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