Mignon McLaughlin

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Mignon McLaughlin (June 6, 1913 – December 20, 1983) was an American journalist and author.


In the 1950s, she began publishing aphorisms that later were 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."
  • "The hardest-learned lesson: that people have only their kind of love to give, not our kind."

Mignon McLaughlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in New York City, where her mother, Joyce Neuhaus, was a prominent attorney. She was 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 women's magazines.

She worked for Vogue magazine in the 1940s, and was copy editor and managing editor of Glamour magazine in the 1960s and early 1970s. She retired to Florida in 1973. She died in Coral Gables, Florida on December 20, 1983.

With her husband, Robert McLaughlin, an editor at Time magazine, she wrote the play Gayden, which had a limited run on Broadway during the 1949 season.

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