Every society honors its live conformists
and its dead troublemakers.
It is important to our friends to believe
that we are unreservedly frank with them,
and important to friendship that we are not.
The death of someone we know always reminds us that we are still alive – perhaps for some purpose which we ought to re-examine.
We are like people with short-term leases on summer cottages; we can never seem to make our provisions come out even with our stay.
People are made of flesh and blood and a miracle fibre called courage.
Surrounded by people who love life, you love it too; surrounded by people who don’t, you don’t.
Don’t fool yourself that important things can be put off till tomorrow; they can be put off forever, or not at all.
Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.
Men prefer brief praise, pitched high; women are satisfied with praise in a lower key, just so it goes on and on.
A new wound makes all the old ones ache again.
In any family, measles are less contagious than bad habits.
- Midge Decter American Journalist, Activist
- Sydney J. Harris American Journalist
- Jim Bishop American Journalist, Author
- H. L. Mencken American Journalist
- Norman Cousins American Journalist
- Thomas Masson American Journalist, Humorist
- Gail Sheehy American Journalist
- Katherine Anne Porter American Journalist
- Lincoln Steffens American Journalist, Academic
- Robert Quillen American Journalist, Humorist