Mignon McLaughlin


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

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People will disapprove of you if you're unhappy, or if you're happy in The Wrong Way.

The mark of the neurotic: to imagine that you're the only one who cares deeply for anything.

The real is very real to him, the unreal even more so.

There's no way to repay a mother's love, or lack of it.

I often pray, though I?m not really sure Anyone?s listening; and I phrase it carefully, just in case He?s literary.

I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth.

It?s easy enough to get along with a loved and loving child?at least till you try to get him to do something.

Minor vices lead to major ones, but minor virtues stay put.

Neurotics dream of a good life, or a great suicide note.

Philosophy teaches a man that he can't take it with him; taxes teach him he can't leave it behind either.

The marriage of convenience has this to recommend it: we are better judges of convenience than we are of love.

The soul may sleep and the body still be happy, but only in youth.

There's only one person who needs a glass of water oftener than a small child tucked in for the night, and that's a writer sitting down to write.

I wish I'd said it first, and I don't even know who did: The only problems that money can solve are money problems.

In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits.

It?s the most unhappy people who most fear change.

Money is much more exciting than anything it buys.

Neurotics would like to sleep all the time, and to be awakened only when there is good news.

'Pull yourself together' is seldom said to anyone who can.

The neurotic always wishes people would let him alone - until they do.

The three horrors of modern life - talk without meaning, desire without love, work without satisfaction.

They threaten me with lung cancer, and still I smoke and smoke. If they'd only threaten me with hard work, I might stop.

If an article is attractive, or useful, or inexpensive, they'll stop making it tomorrow; if it's all three, they stopped making it yesterday.

In church, sacred music would make believers of us all?but preachers can be counted on to restore the balance.

It's important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to our friendship that we are not.

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