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.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

hope

Spite is never lonely; envy always tags along.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

envy

Many are saved from sin by being so inept at it.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

sin

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

attitude

Hate leaves ugly scars; love leaves beautiful ones.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

love and hate

Failure can get to be a rather comfortable old friend.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Second Neurotic’s Notebook)

failure

We welcome passion, for the mind is briefly let off duty.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

passion

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Complete Neurotic’s Notebook)

sense of humor

Healthy parakeets have the nervous energy of tennis players.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Second Neurotic’s Notebook)

birds

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

ignorance innocence

Whatever we worship, short of God, is sure to be our undoing.
— Mignon McLaughlin

God

Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

courage

When 'Why not do it?' barely outweighs 'Why do it?'—don't do it.
— Mignon McLaughlin

decision-making

If you have to do it every day, for God's sake learn to do it well.
— Mignon McLaughlin
Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
— Mignon McLaughlin

change the world conformity

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

hope

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.
— Mignon McLaughlin (Born for Love: Reflections on Loving)

head and heart

If you hate your lot but wouldn't trade it, it's not your lot you hate.
— Mignon McLaughlin

fate

We have to call it 'freedom': who'd want to die for 'a lesser tyranny'?
— Mignon McLaughlin

freedom

Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

anxiety

We'd all like a reputation for generosity and we'd all like to buy it cheap.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

generosity

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

funny

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

listening

True remorse is never just a regret over consequence; it is a regret over motive.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

remorse

We are all such a waste of our potential, like three-way lamps using one-way bulbs.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Complete Neurotic’s Notebook)

potential

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

boring people

The past is strapped to our backs.  We do not have to see it; we can always feel it.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

the past

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

manners New York City

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

marriage love

You can't truthfully explain your smallest action without fully revealing your character.
— Mignon McLaughlin

deeds character

Nobody wants constructive criticism. It's all we can do to put up with constructive praise.
— Mignon McLaughlin

criticism

The hardest learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind.
— Mignon McLaughlin

love relationships

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

kindness sense of humor

You will turn over many a futile new leaf till you learn we must all write on scratched-out pages.
— Mignon McLaughlin

failure

There are whole years for which I hope I'll never be cross-examined, for I could not give an alibi.
— Mignon McLaughlin

time years

One of life's few really reliable pleasures: to have a family you love, and to leave them for a week.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

family

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

religion

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

life

Character is what emerges from all the little things you were too busy to do yesterday, but did anyway.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Second Neurotic’s Notebook)

character

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

clergy religion

There's something in every atheist, itching to believe, and something in every believer, itching to doubt.
— Mignon McLaughlin

religion

When first we fall in love, we feel that we know all there is to know about life, and perhaps we are right.
— Mignon McLaughlin
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.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

neurotics

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

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.
— Mignon McLaughlin

aging

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

friendship

It is important for our friends to believe that we are unreservedly frank with them, and important to friendship that we are not.
— Mignon McLaughlin (The Neurotic’s Notebook)

friendship

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.
— Mignon McLaughlin

marriage relationships divorce

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

marriage