Mignon McLaughlin


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

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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.

We tell our children things which we know are not so, but which we wish were so.

When you let money speak for you, it drowns out anything else you meant to say.

Youth is not enough. And love is not enough. And success is not enough. And, if we could achieve it, enough would not be enough.

We wake in the night, to stereophonic silence.

Whenever we safely land in a plane, we promise God a little something.

We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty.

Whether or not you love television, you've got to admit that it certainly loves itself.

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.

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