Mignon McLaughlin


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

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Throughout our lives, we see in the mirror the same innocent trusting face we have seen there since childhood.

If he suddenly falls in love with someone else, a husband may not start wanting a divorce; but if he suddenly makes a lot of money, he usually will.

In life, as in restaurants, we swallow a lot of indigestible stuff just because it comes with the dinner.

Loneliness, insomnia, and change: the fear of these is even worse than the reality.

Most of us can easily do two things at once; what?s all but impossible is to do one thing at once.

Nostalgia for what we have lost is more bearable than nostalgia for what we have never had, for the first involves knowledge and pleasure, the second only ignorance and pain.

Says the rude child: "No, I won't do it." Says the courteous grown-up: "Yes, I won't do it."

The neurotic feels as though trapped in a gas-filled room where at any moment someone, probably himself, will strike a match.

The way the neurotic sees it: bars on his door mean that he's locked in; bars on your door mean that he's locked out.

To smoke or not to smoke: I can make of either a life work.

A woman asks little of love: only that she be able to feel like a heroine.

At the beginning of a love affair, not even the neurotic is neurotic.

Desire is in men a hunger, in women only an appetite.

Good-looking girls break hearts, and good-hearted girls mend them.

A woman telling her true age is like a buyer confiding his final price to an Armenian rug dealer.

Be glad that you're greedy; the national economy would collapse if you weren't.

Despair is anger with no place to go.

Grasp your opportunities, no matter how poor your health; nothing is worse for your health than boredom.

A woman's mink coat represents the sacrifice of a lot of little animals, including her husband.

Beauty often fades, but seldom so swiftly as the joy it gives us.

Did that leave an undesirable taste in your mouth? Let?s take a swig.

Groups of girls are pretty, or not; they are seldom mixed.

A young woman can live off the folly of men; a man of any age can live off the folly of women.

Being Irish is, no matter how real, a pose.

Don't fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all.

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