Katharine Whitehorn Quotes

Who is Katharine Whitehorn?

Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn was a British journalist, columnist, author and radio presenter.

Born March 02, 1928
Died January 08, 2021

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“A food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it.”

“American patriotism is generally something that amuses Europeans, I suppose because children look idiotic saluting the flag and because the constitution contains so many cracks through which the lawyers may creep.”

“Americans, indeed, often seem to be so overwhelmed by their children that they'll do anything for them except stay married to the co-producer.”

“Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.”

“As ridiculous to approve of property and let a few men have a grossly unfair share of it, as say you are all for marriage, and then let one man have all the wives.”

“Being young is not having any money; being young is not minding not having any money.”

“Children and zip fasteners do not respond to force... except occasionally.”

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“Does anybody who gave up smoking to save a pound a week have a pound at the end of the week? Not on your life.”

“Find out what you like doing best and get someone to pay you for it.”

“From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.”

“Have you ever taken something out of the clothes hamper because it had become, relatively, the cleanest thing?”

“I am all for people having their heart in the right place; but the right place for a heart is not inside the head.”

“I blame Rousseau. "Man is born free", indeed. Man is not born free, he is born attached to his mother by a cord and is not capable of looking after himself for at least seven years (seventy in some cases).”

“I used to think the only use for sport was to give small boys something else to kick besides me.”

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“I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot; but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.”

“In hell they will bore you, in heaven you will bore them.”

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“If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.”


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“In my next life I want to be a pessimist. Then other people could spend all their time cheering me up.”

“It is a pity that so often the only way to treat girls like people seems to be to treat them like boys.”

“It might be marvelous to be a man - then I could stop worrying about what's fair to women and just cheerfully assume I was superior, and that they had all been born to iron my shirts. Better still, I could be an Irish man - then I would have all the privileges of being male without giving up the right to be wayward, temperamental and an appealing minority.”

“It's a pity more men are not b*stards by birth instead of vocation.”

“One reason you are stricken when your parents die is that the audience you've been aiming at all your life - shocking it, pleasing it - has suddenly left the theater.”

“Outside every thin woman is a fat man trying to get in.”

“The disease is painless; it's the cure that hurts.”

“The main purpose of children's parties is to remind you that there are children more awful than your own.”

“The rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you.”

“The wind of change, whatever it is, blows most freely through an open mind.”

“There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.”

“Whereas a lot of men used to ask for conversation when they really wanted sex, nowadays they often feel obliged to ask for sex even when they really want conversation.”

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“Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born the first time?”

“A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.”

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“Find things that shine and move toward them.”


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