Mignon McLaughlin

Quotations

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

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

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

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

The Neurotic's Notebook (1963)

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

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

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

Most of us would rather risk catastrophe than read the directions.

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

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

The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966) (unverified)