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. She is known for a number of quotes, among them: "A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person." "Anything you lose automatically doubles in value." "Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers." Mignon McLaughlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in New York City, where her mother, Joyce Neuhaus, was a prominent lawyer. She graduated from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in 1933 and returned to New York, where she embarked on a career as a journalist and a writer of short stories for Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and other wom... More


Mignon McLaughlin Quotes

Mignon McLaughlin #Strength

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

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

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

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

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.
Mignon McLaughlin #Love #Marriage

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

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 #God

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

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

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.
Mignon McLaughlin #Humor

A sense of humor is a major defense against minor troubles.
Mignon McLaughlin #Learning

Learning too soon our limitations, we never learn our powers.
Mignon McLaughlin #Life

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.
Mignon McLaughlin #Love

No one has ever loved anyone the way everyone wants to be loved.
Mignon McLaughlin #Money

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

Society honors its living conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Mignon McLaughlin #Society

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.
Mignon McLaughlin #Success

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.
Mignon McLaughlin #Friendship

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 #Change #Fear

It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.
Mignon McLaughlin #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 #Great

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