Mignon McLaughlin


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

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Vanity, revenge, loneliness, boredom, all apply: lust is one of the least of the reasons for promiscuity.

If you can tell anyone about it, it's not the worst thing you ever did.

Irrelevant things may happen to you, but once they have happened they all become relevant.

Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first.

Naturally, the neurotic wants you to love him twice as much, for he's going to cut it in half anyway.

One of life's few really reliable pleasures: to have a family you love, and to leave them for a week.

The chief reason for drinking is the desire to behave in a certain way, and to be able to blame it on alcohol.

The neurotic longs to touch bottom, so at least he won't have that to worry about anymore.

There are children born to be children, and others who must mark time till they can take their natural places as adults.

We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair.

If you had an unhappy childhood, you will always want to sleep late in the morning.

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.

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