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Mignon McLaughlin

1913-1983 ,  American magazine editor
Mignon McLaughlinAmerican journalist, columnist and author. She worked for Vogue magazine in the 1940s, and was Copy Editor and Managing Editor of Glamour magazine in the 1960s and early 1970s.
In the 1950s, she began publishing aphorisms that were later collected in three books, “The Neurotic’s Notebook” series.

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Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.

What you can't get out of, get into whole-heartedly.

Anything you lose automatically doubles in value.

As we are human, we can't do what we can't do; as we're neurotic, we can't do what we can.

Youth is not enough. And love is not enough. And success is not enough. And, if we could achieve it, enough would not be enough.

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

We hear only half of what is said to us, understand only half of that, believe only half of that, and remember only half of that.

We'd all like a reputation for generosity, and we'd all like to buy it cheap.

Despair is anger with no place to go.

What we forgive too freely doesn’t stay forgiven.

If it came true, it wasn’t much of a dream.

Courage can't see around corners but goes around them anyway.

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.

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.

When we first fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right.

We all dream of being the darling of everybody's darling.

What we love about love is the fever, which marriage puts to bed and cures

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

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

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

Women are good listeners, but it’s a waste of time telling your troubles to a man unless there’s something specific you want him to do.

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

Women are the right age for just a few years; men, for most of their lives.

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

Women usually love what they buy, yet hate two-thirds of what is in their closets.

No good neurotic finds it difficult to be both opinionated and indecisive.

The neurotic longs to touch bottom, so at least he won't have that to worry about anymore.

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

The neurotic always wishes people would let him alone - until they do.

The mark of the neurotic: to imagine that you're the only one who cares deeply for anything.

Neurotics think of the past with resentment, and the future with dread; the present just doesn't exist.

Neurotics expect you to remember all the things that they tell you, and many that they don't.

I'm always there to tell people that their life is not that bad. I wish it was easy to follow that advice.

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

We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city, or a new love affair.

If you made a list of the reasons why any couple got married, and another list of the reasons for their divorce, you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.

The total history of almost anyone would shock almost everyone.

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.

If you have to do it every day, for God’s sake learn to do it well.

The fault no child ever loses is the one he was most punished for.

Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.

Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

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

How strange that the young should always think the world is against them when in fact that is the only time it is for them.

When threatened, the first thing a democracy gives up is democracy.

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

Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.

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

Most sermons sound to me like commercials — but I can't make out whether God is the Sponsor or the Product.

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

Most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the directions.

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


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