Mignon McLaughlin (June 6, 1913 – December 20, 1983) was an American journalist and author.
Mignon McLaughlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in New York City, where her mother, Joyce Neuhaus, was a prominent attorney. She graduated from Smith College in 1933 and returned to New York, embarking on a career as a journalist and a writer of short stories for Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and other women's magazines.
In the 1950s, she began publishing aphorisms that were later collected in three books:The Neurotic’s Notebook, The Second Neurotic’s Notebook, and The Complete Neurotic’s Notebook. In his commentary on aphorisms, Melvin Maddocks notes the focus in McLaughlin's book on selections that speak in a personal voice.
She retired in 1973 and died in Coral Gables, Florida, on December 20, 1983.
McLaughlin 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 honours its live conformists and its dead troublemakers".
- "The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind".
- "Our strength is often composed of the weakness that we're damned if we're going to show".
- “Joyce Bushel Dead at 83; Lawyer, Amateur Golfer,” The New York Times, December 29, 1975, p. 28.
- Internet Broadway Database https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/gayden-1836
- Playbill http://www.playbill.com/production/gayden-plymouth-theatre-vault-0000009634
- Louis Calta, “GAYDEN' TO DEPART ON SATURDAY NIGHT; Gaither Production Will Leave Plymouth After 7 Shows -- Fay Bainter in Cast” The New York Times, May 12, 1949, Section AMUSEMENTS, p. 27.
- Melvin Maddocks. “The Art of the Aphorism,” The Sewanee Review, Vol. 109, No. 2 (Spring, 2001), 171-184. p. 183.
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