Mignon McLaughlin


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

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Many who would not take the last cookie would take the last lifeboat.

Neurotics are always looking for something new to overdo.

People find it hard to be both comic and serious, though life manages it easily enough.

The fear of being laughed at makes cowards of us all.

The poor have the same basic pleasures as the rich, and the rich will always resent it.

There?s nothing wrong with most men?s egos that the kowtowing of a headwaiter can?t cure.

We are like people with short-term leases on summer cottages; we can never seem to make our provisions come out even with our stay.

I do not trust those who are above name-dropping. The suppression of small vices always exacts too high a toll.

If your children spend most of their time in other people's houses, you're lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you're blessed.

It took man thousands of years to put words down on paper, and his lawyers still wish he wouldn't.

Men feel that women somehow drag them down, and women feel that way about men. It's possible they are right.

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.

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