Mignon McLaughlin


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

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We are all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.

If you jot down every silly thought that pops into your mind, you will soon find out everything you most seriously believe.

It is always safe to tell people that they?re looking wonderful.

Many things can make you miserable for weeks; few can bring you a whole day of happiness.

Neurotics always feel as though they were going way up or way down, which is odd in people going sideways.

People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fiber called courage.

The fault we admit to is seldom the fault we have, but it has a certain relationship to it, a somewhat similar shape, like that of a sleeve to an arm.

The plague of government is senile delinquency.

There?s an awful lot of blood around that water is thicker than.

We are irritated by rascals, intolerant of fools, and prepared to love the rest. But where are they?

"Your money or your life." We know what to do when a burglar makes this demand of us, but not when God does.

Always live up to your standards - by lowering them, if necessary.

Boredom is often the cause of promiscuity and always its result.

Few novels or plays could exist without at least one troublemaker in the group, and perhaps life couldn't either.

How tired God must be of guilt and loneliness, for that is all we ever bring to Him.

A car is useless in New York, essential everywhere else. The same with good manners.

An artist is a socially unattractive person whom socially attractive people make money out of.

Broadway audiences are dependably square. "Well, I'll be a son of a bitch" always gets a laugh; spoken by a little old lady, it brings down the house.

Few of us could bear to have ourselves for neighbors.

A childhood can be judged sheltered or not according to which was learned first, the four-letter word or the euphemism.

An attractive woman likes feminine company until she's twenty, and after she's twenty-five.

Cash is the one gift everyone despises and no one turns down.

Few of us write great novels; all of us live them.

A critic can only review the book he has read, not the one which the writer wrote.

An old racetrack joke reminds you that your program contains all the winners' names. I stare at my typewriter keys with the same thought.

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