"Mignon McLaughlin" was an American journalist and author. In the 1950s, she began publishing aphorisms that were later 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."

Mignon McLaughlin was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in New York City, where her mother, Joyce Neuhaus, was a prominent lawyer. She 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 (magazine)/Cosmopolitan, and other women's magazines.

She worked for Vogue (magazine)/Vogue magazine in the 1940s, and was Copy Editor and Managing Editor of Glamour (magazine)/Glamour magazine in the 1960s and early 1970s. She retired to Florida in 1973. She died in Coral Gables, Florida on December 20, 1983.

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In the arithmetic of love, one plus one equals everything, and two minus one equals nothing.

The only courage that matters is the kind that gets you from one moment to the next.

It's innocence when it charms us, ignorance when it doesn't.

When suffering comes, we yearn for some sign from God, forgetting we have just had one.

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

For the happiest life, days should be rigorously planned, nights left open to chance.

We lavish on animals the love we are afraid to show to people. They might not return it; or worse, they might.

If I knew what I was so anxious about, I wouldn't be so anxious.

There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

It's the most unhappy people who most fear change.

Hope is the feeling we have that the feeling we have is not permanent.

The head never rules the heart, but just becomes its partner in crime.

Every society honors its live conformists and its dead troublemakers.

I'm glad I don't have to explain to a man from Mars why each day I set fire to dozens of little pieces of paper, and then put them in my mouth.

No one really listens to anyone else, and if you try it for a while you'll see why.