101. “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
102. “If childhood is still a state, it is now chiefly a state of confusion.”
103. “Not reading poetry amounts to a national pastime here.”
104. “Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!”
105. “The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.”
106. “Meanness inherits a set of silverware and keeps it in the bank. Economy uses it only on important occasions, for fear of loss. Thrift sets the table with it every night for pure pleasure, but counts the butter spreaders before they are put away.”
107. “It is the leisured, I have noticed, who rebel the most at an interruption of routine.”
108. “The ability to forget a sorrow is childhood’s most enchanting feature.”
109. “Children are forced to live very rapidly in order to live at all. They are given only a few years in which to learn hundreds of thousands of things about life and the planet and themselves.”
110. “Gossip isn’t scandal and it’s not merely malicious. It’s chatter about the human race by lovers of the same.”
111. “Say what you will, making a marriage work is a woman’s business.”
112. “Marriage was all a woman’s idea and for man’s acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful.”
113. “Nothing fails like success; nothing is so defeated as yesterday’s triumphant Cause.”
114. “O, merry is the Optimist, With the troops of courage leaguing. But a dour trend In any friend Is somehow less fatiguing.”
115. “One applauds the industry of professional philanthropy. But it has its dangers. After a while the private heart begins to harden. We fling letters into the wastebasket, are abrupt to telephoned solicitations. Charity withers in the incessant gale.”
116. “The East is a montage. It is old and it is young, very green in summer, very white in winter, gregarious, withdrawn and at once both sophisticated and provincial.”
117. “There is satisfaction in seeing one’s household prosper; in being both bountiful and provident.”
118. “Words may sting, but silence is what breaks the heart.”
119. “Housewives more than any other race deserve well-furnished minds. They have to live in them such a lot of the time.”
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