Mignon McLaughlin Quotes

Who was Mignon McLaughlin?

Mignon McLaughlin was a twentieth-century American journalist and author best known for 'The Complete Neurotic's Notebook'.

Born June 6, 1913
Died December 20, 1983
Aged 70 years old

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Best 37 Quotes by Mignon McLaughlin – Page 1 of 2

“A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.”

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

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

“Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.”

“Children lack morality, but they also lack fake morality.”

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

“Don't be yourself. Be someone a little nicer.”

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“Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.”

“Few of us could bear to have ourselves for neighbors.”

“For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.”

“If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate.”

“It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.”

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

“It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.”

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“Many of us go through life feeling as an actor might feel who does not like his part and does not believe in the play.”

“Men who don't like girls with brains don't like girls.”

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“People talk vaguely about the innocence of a little child, but they take mighty good care not to let it out of their sight for twenty minutes.”

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“Most of us would rather risk a catastrophe than read the instructions.”

“No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.”

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

“Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.”

“The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive - perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.”

“The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.”

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

“There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.”

“True remorse is never just a regret over consequences; it is a regret over motive.”

“We choose those we like; with those we love, we have no say in the matter.”

“With each passing year, one has less to say, and knows better how to say it.”

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

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The Complete Neurotic's Notebook Quotes

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

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“Hate leaves ugly scars, love leaves beautiful ones.”

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“We must become acquainted with our emotional household: we must see our feelings as they actually are, not as we assume they are. This breaks their hypnotic and damaging hold on us.”

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