Mignon McLaughlin

Mignon McLaughlin

Mignon McLaughlin (June 6, 1913 – December 20, 1983) was an American journalist and author. In the 1950s, she began publishing aphorisms that were later collected in three books, entitled, The Neurotic’s Notebook, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook and The Complete Neurotic’s Notebook. 

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

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

Even cowards can endure hardship, only the brave can endure suspense.

The proud man can learn humility, but he will be proud of it.

If you are brave too often people will come to expect it of you.

We are all born brave, trusting and greedy, and most of us remain greedy.

Youth is not enough. And love is not enough. And success is not enough. And if we could achieve it enough would not be enough.

It took man thousands of years to put words down on paper and his lawyers still wish he wouldn't.

Love is the silent saying and saying of a single name.

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

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

What you can't get out of get into wholeheartedly.

Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

Likely as not the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud.

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

Love unlocks doors and opens windows that weren't even there before.

If I knew what I was so anxious about I wouldn't be so anxious.

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

A woman telling her true age is like a buyer confiding his final price to an Armenian rug dealer.

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

What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper and then put them in my mouth.

No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.

Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we're going to show.

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

The young are generally full of revolt and are often pretty revolting about it.

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

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

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

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

Albert Einstein, when asked what he considered to be the most powerful force in the universe, answered: Compound interest! What you have become is the price you paid to get what you used to want.

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

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.

There is always some specific moment when we become aware that our youth is gone, but years after we know it was much later.

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

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

We lavish on animals the love we are afraid to show to people. They might not return it, or worse they might.

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

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

In the arithmetic of love one plus one equals everything and two minus one equals nothing.

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.

We all become great explorers during our first few days in a new city or a new love affair.

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

There are a handful of people whom money won't spoil and we all count ourselves among them.

When suffering comes we yearn for some sign from God forgetting we have just had one.

No matter how brilliantly an idea is stated we will not really be moved unless we have already half thought of it ourselves.

Learning too soon our limitations we never learn our powers.

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