Mignon McLaughlin


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

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Neurotics are anxiety prone, accident prone, and often just prone.

People who won't have a TV set in their house get more pleasure from their refusal than most of us get from TV.

The ideal home: big enough for you to hear the children, but not very well.

The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.

There's little enough to be said for nationalism, so let's say it and have done.

We are seldom happy with what we now have, but would go to pieces if we lost any part of it.

I have seen messed-up people of forty who still seemed salvageable, and children of six or seven who almost surely were not.

If you're a gifted flirt, talking about the price of eggs will do as well as any other subject.

It upsets women to be, or not to be, stared at hungrily.

Men prefer brief praise, pitched high; women are satisfied with praise in a lower key, just so it goes on and on.

Neurotics are sure that no one understands them, and they wouldn't have it any other way.

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.

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