Mignon McLaughlin


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

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It does not undo harm to acknowledge that we have done it; but it undoes us not to acknowledge it.

Many beautiful women have been made happy by their own beauty, but no intelligent woman has ever been made happy by her own intelligence.

Neurosis is no worse than a bad cold; you ache all over, and it's made you a mess, but you won't die from it.

Others follow patterns; we alone are unpredictable.

The family unit is man's noblest device for being bored.

The neurotic thinks himself both Hamlet and Claudius, in a world that belongs to Polonius.

There are now electrical appliances with the main unit so sealed in that it cannot be got at for repair. There have always been human beings like that.

We all dream of being the darling of everybody's darling.

If you have to do it every day, for God?s sake learn to do it well.

It is a feeling at once stimulating and flat, to know that someone you do not love is in love with you.

Many of us are equal to life's emergencies who cannot bear its day-after-dayness.

Neurotic: someone who can go from the bottom to the top, and back again, without ever once touching the middle.

Others settle for small rewards; the neurotic must always go for broke.

The fault no child ever loses is the one he was most punished for.

The past is rich in lessons from which we would greatly profit except that the present is always so full of Special Circumstances.

There are whole years for which I hope I?ll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi.

We are all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.

If you jot down every silly thought that pops into your mind, you will soon find out everything you most seriously believe.

It is always safe to tell people that they?re looking wonderful.

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.

Neurotics always feel as though they were going way up or way down, which is odd in people going sideways.

People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fiber called courage.

The fault we admit to is seldom the fault we have, but it has a certain relationship to it, a somewhat similar shape, like that of a sleeve to an arm.

The plague of government is senile delinquency.

There?s an awful lot of blood around that water is thicker than.

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