Mignon McLaughlin


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

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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.

After the chills and fever of love, how nice is the 98.6 degrees of marriage!

Being neurotic is like shooting fish in a barrel, and missing them.

Every American child should grow up knowing a second language, preferably English.

He's in for trouble?the man whose wife is detested by all women and desired by all men.

Age is a slowing down of everything except fear.

Between a man and a woman both aged fifty there are two full generations, for she might well wed a man in his seventies, and he a girl of twenty.

Every group of six or more has its inner circle, its outer circle, and its hangers-on.

Hot dogs always seem better out than at home; so do French-fried potatoes; so do your children.

Air that has been much quarreled in becomes very hard to breathe.

Between two married couples there are five possibilities for friendship: man to man, woman to woman, each man to the woman not his wife, and couple to couple. It's seldom that more than two of these will actually materialize.

Everybody can write; writers can't do anything else.

How can a man marry wisely in his twenties? The girl he's going to wind up wanting hasn't even been born.

"I am as I am" is another way of saying "I can do without your love."

All women are basically in competition with each other for a handful of eligible men.

Bored with your present enemies? Make new ones! Tell two of your women friends that they look alike.

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