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Phyllis McGinley Quotes


25 Phyllis McGinley quotes:



"A lady is smarter than a gentleman, maybe, she can sew a fine seam, she can have a baby, she can use her intuition instead of her brain, but she can't fold a paper in a crowded train."
"Praise is warming and desirable. But it is an earned thing. It has to be deserved, like a hug from a child."
"A hobby a day keeps the doldrums away."
"Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday's triumphant Cause."
"Sisters are always drying their hair. Locked into rooms, alone, they pose at the mirror, shoulders bare, trying this way and that their hair, or fly importunate down the stair to answer the telephone."
"Sin has always been an ugly word, but it has been made so in a new sense over the last half-century. It has been made not only ugly but passT. People are no longer sinful, they are only immature or underprivileged or frightened or, more particularly, sick."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Sin Quotes
"The thing to remember about fathers is, they're men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat -- like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle I it took such months to get."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Fathers Quotes
"Marriage was all a woman's idea and for man's acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful."
"Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shop-talk of the scientist, and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Gossip Quotes
"Of course we women gossip on occasion. But our appetite for it is not as avid as a man s. It is in the boys gyms, the college fraternity houses, the club locker rooms, the paneled offices of business that gossip reaches its luxuriant flower."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Gossip Quotes
"Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart."
"Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!"
"In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime."
"Say what you will, making marriage work is a woman's business. The institution was invented to do her homage; it was contrived for her protection. Unless she accepts it as such --as a beautiful, bountiful, but quite unequal association --the going will be hard indeed."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Marriage Quotes
"Those wearing tolerance for a label call other views intolerable."
"To be a housewife is a difficult, a wrenching, sometimes an ungrateful job if it is looked on only as a job. Regarded as a profession, it is the noblest as it is the most ancient of the catalogue. Let none persuade us differently or the world is lost indeed."
"Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with a man, one man."
"When blithe to argument I come, Though armed with facts, and merry, May Providence protect me from The fool as adversary, Whose mind to him a kingdom is Where reason lacks dominion, Who calls conviction prejudice And prejudice opinion."
"Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Silence Quotes
"Seventy is wormwood, Seventy is gall But its better to be seventy, Than not alive at all."



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