Mignon McLaughlin Quotes

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Men gossip less than women, but mean it.
— Mignon McLaughlin

men and women gossip

When hope is hungry, everything feeds it.


Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.


Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.


Hate leaves ugly scars; love leaves beautiful ones.

love and hate

What you can't get out of, get into wholeheartedly.
— Mignon McLaughlin


Failure can get to be a rather comfortable old friend.


We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty.


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

sense of humor

Healthy parakeets have the nervous energy of tennis players.


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

innocence ignorance

Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing.
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Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.


When 'Why not do it?' barely outweighs 'Why do it?'—don't do it.
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If you have to do it every day, for God's sake learn to do it well.
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Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
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change the world conformity

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

head and heart

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.


If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate.
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We have to call it 'freedom': who'd want to die for 'a lesser tyranny'?
— Mignon McLaughlin


Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.


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


No one really listens to anyone else. Try it for a while, and you'll see why.
— Mignon McLaughlin


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


True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.


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

We are all such a waste of our potential, like three-way lamps using one-way bulbs.


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

The past is strapped to our backs.  We do not have to see it; we can always feel it.

the past

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

You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.
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character deeds

Nobody wants constructive criticism. It's all we can do to put up with constructive praise.
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The hardest learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.
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love relationships

In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.
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Tough and funny and a little bit kind: that is as near to perfection as a human being can be.
— Mignon McLaughlin

sense of humor kindness

You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.
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There are whole years for which I hope I'll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi.
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One of life's few really reliable pleasures: to have a family you love, and to leave them for a week.


My religious position: I think that God could do a lot better, and I'm willing to give Him the chance.
— Mignon McLaughlin


Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those changes that would make all the difference.
— Mignon McLaughlin


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


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

There's something in every atheist, itching to believe, and something in every believer, itching to doubt.
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When first we fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right.
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Neurosis is no worse than a bad cold; you ache all over, and it's made you a mess, but you won't die from it.


In church, sacred music would make believers of us all—but preachers can be counted on to restore the balance.
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church clergy

There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone; but, years after, we know it was much later.
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It is important to our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
— Mignon McLaughlin


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


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

If you made a list of 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.
— Mignon McLaughlin