Mignon McLaughlin

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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.[1] 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.

With her husband, Time editor Robert McLaughlin, she wrote the play Gayden, which had a limited run on Broadway during the 1949 season.[2][3][4]

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.[5]

She worked for Vogue in the 1940s, '50s and '60s and was copy editor and managing editor of Glamour in the 1960s and early 1970s.

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".


  1. ^ “Joyce Bushel Dead at 83; Lawyer, Amateur Golfer,” The New York Times, December 29, 1975, p. 28.
  2. ^ Internet Broadway Database https://www.ibdb.com/broadway-production/gayden-1836
  3. ^ Playbill http://www.playbill.com/production/gayden-plymouth-theatre-vault-0000009634
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Melvin Maddocks. “The Art of the Aphorism,” The Sewanee Review, Vol. 109, No. 2 (Spring, 2001), 171-184. p. 183.

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