Ann Landers Quotes

Who is Ann Landers?

Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer.

Born July 04, 1918
Died June 22, 2002

Best 30 Quotes by Ann Landers

“Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another check-out line.”

“Asking a writer what he thinks about critics is like asking what a fire hydrant feels about dogs.”

“Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.”

“Difficulty, my brethren, is the nurse of greatness – a harsh nurse, who roughly rocks her foster-children into strength and athletic proportion.”

“Don’t accept your dog’s admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.”

“Don’t give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you stumble onto something terrific. I have never heard of anyone stumbling over anything while he was sitting down.”

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.'”

“Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”

“If you marry a man who cheats on his wife, you’ll be married to a man who cheats on his wife.”

“If you want to catch a trout, don’t fish in a herring barrel.”

“Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking, “What happened?”

“It is far better to be alone than to wish you were.”

“It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.”

“Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.”

“Make somebody happy today, and mind your own business.”

“Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.”

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“Atrocity is recognized as such by victim and perpetrator alike, by all who learn about it at whatever remove. Atrocity has no excuses, no mitigating argument. Atrocity never balances or rectifies the past. Atrocity merely arms the future for more atrocity. It is self-perpetuating upon itself--a barbarous form of incest. Whoever commits atrocity also commits those future atrocities thus bred.”

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“No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.”

“Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.”

“Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.”

“One of the best ways to measure people is to watch the way they behave when something free is offered.”

“Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don’t recognize them.”

“People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.”

“Problems are inevitable but misery is a choice.”

“Rose-colored glasses are never made in bifocals. Nobody wants to read the small print in dreams.”

“Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.”

“The Lord gave us two ends – one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most.”

“The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.”

“The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.”

“There are really only three types of people: Those who make things happen, those who watch things happen, and those who say, “What happened?”

“Too many people today know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

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“There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory.”


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