Mignon McLaughlin


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

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The neurotic keeps minute track of his enemies; it is only his friends he is careless about.

Theatre audiences can't be made to think and cry: at best, they can be made to think and laugh, or to feel and cry.

Traditions are group efforts to keep the unexpected from happening.

If you are brave too often, people will come to expect it of you.

Insult, not flattery, is the great aphrodisiac.

Luck: when your burst of energy doesn't run afoul of someone else's.

My thoughts, I guess, are bitter; who but the bitter have thoughts?

One day you are an apprentice, and everybody's pet; the next, you are coldly expected to deliver. There is never sufficient warning that the second day is coming.

Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don't, you don't.

The neurotic listens to weather reports about Small Craft Warnings, and he thinks: They're talking about me.

There are a handful of people whom money won't spoil, and we all count ourselves among them.

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.

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