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Phyllis McGinley

"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday's triumphant Cause." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"Women are the fulfilled sex. Through our children we are able to produce our own immortality, so we lack that divine restlessness which sends men charging off in pursuit of fortune or fame or an imagined Utopia. That is why we number so few geniuses among us. The wholesome oyster wears no pearl, the healthy whale no ambergris, and as long as we can keep on adding to the race, we harbor a sort of health within ourselves." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"Sticks and stones are hard on bones aimed with angry art. Words can sting like anything but silence breaks the heart." Phyllis McGinley
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"Seventy is wormwood, Seventy is gall But its better to be seventy, Than not alive at all" Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"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 passŽ. People are no longer sinful, they are only immature or underprivileged or frightened or, more particularly, sick." Phyllis McGinley
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"Those wearing tolerance for a label call other views intolerable." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"The knowingness of little girls hidden underneath their curls." Phyllis McGinley
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"Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with a man, one man." Phyllis McGinley
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"Sometimes I have a notion that what might improve the situation is to have women take over the occupations of government and trade and to give men their freedom. Let them do what they are best at. While we scrawl interoffice memos and direct national or extranational affairs, men could spend all their time inventing wheels, peering at stars, composing poems, carving statues, exploring continents -- discovering, reforming, or crying out in a sacramental wilderness. Efficiency would probably increase, and no one would have to worry so much about the Gaza Strip or an election." Phyllis McGinley
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Phyllis McGinley

"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." Phyllis McGinley
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"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure." Phyllis McGinley
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"Seventy is wormwood, Seventy is gall But its better to be seventy, Than not alive at all." Phyllis McGinley
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"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." Phyllis McGinley
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