Phyllis McGinley Quotes


25 Phyllis McGinley quotes:



"Marriage was all a woman's idea and for man's acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful."
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart."
"Seventy is wormwood, Seventy is gall But its better to be seventy, Than not alive at all."
"The system -- the American one, at least -- is a vast and noble experiment. It has been polestar and exemplar for other nations. But from kindergarten until she graduates from college the girl is treated in it exactly like her brothers. She studies the same subjects, becomes proficient at the same sports. Oh, it is a magnificent lore she learns, education for the mind beyond anything Jane Austen or Saint Theresa or even Mrs. Pankhurst ever dreamed. It is truly Utopian. But Utopia was never meant to exist on this disheveled planet."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Education Quotes
"I do not know who first invented the myth of sexual equality. But it is a myth willfully fostered and nourished by certain semi-scientists and other fiction writers. And it has done more, I suspect, to unsettle marital happiness than any other false doctrine of this myth-ridden age."
"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
"Our bodies are shaped to bear children, and our lives are a working out of the processes of creation. All our ambitions and intelligence are beside that great elemental point."
Author: McGinley Quotes Category: Body Quotes
"Oh, high is the price of parenthood, and daughters may cost you double. You dare not forget, as you thought you could, that youth is a plague and a trouble."



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