Mignon McLaughlin


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

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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.

If it came true, it wasn?t much of a dream.

In retrospect, our triumphs could as easily have happened to someone else; but our defeats are uniquely our own.

Love is often gentle, desire always a rage.

Most women would like to dress imaginatively, but they glare at any woman who does.

Of all second-class citizens, neurotics are the only ones who are so by choice.

Self-confidence grows on trees, in other people's orchards.

The neurotic has perfect vision in one eye, but he cannot remember which.

The woman just ahead of you at the supermarket checkout has all the delectable groceries you didn't even know they carried.

Too much money is as demoralizing as too little, and there's no such thing as exactly enough.

If the pain wanders, do not waste your time with doctors.

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