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Born: 1927-02-21
Profession: Journalist
Nation: American
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I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

Tags: Family, Food, Gravy

For years my wedding ring has done its job. It has led me not into temptation. It has reminded my husband numerous times at parties that it's time to go home. It has been a source of relief to a dinner companion. It has been a status symbol in the maternity ward.

Tags: Home, Marriage, Time

It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.

Tags: Courage, Dreams, Someone

I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: 'Checkout Time is 18 years.'

Tags: Children, Put, Time

In two decades I've lost a total of 789 pounds. I should be hanging from a charm bracelet.

Tags: Charm, Lost, Total

When a child is locked in the bathroom with water running and he says he's doing nothing but the dog is barking, call 911.

Tags: Child, Dog, Water

People shop for a bathing suit with more care than they do a husband or wife. The rules are the same. Look for something you'll feel comfortable wearing. Allow for room to grow.

Tags: Care, Husband, Wife

I've exercised with women so thin that buzzards followed them to their cars.

Tags: Cars, Funny, Women

Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people's children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it.

Tags: Children, Parents, Written

I never leaf through a copy of National Geographic without realizing how lucky we are to live in a society where it is traditional to wear clothes.

Tags: Lucky, National, Society

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.

Tags: Anyone, Car, Parenting

There's something wrong with a mother who washes out a measuring cup with soap and water after she's only measured water in it.

Tags: After, Mother, Wrong

I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security and too tired for an affair.

Tags: Old, Tired, Young

Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they're not trying to keep up with you.

Tags: Keep, Try, Trying

The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again.

Tags: Again, Hear, Reason

There is nothing more miserable in the world than to arrive in paradise and look like your passport photo.

Tags: Miserable, Paradise, Photo

No one ever died from sleeping in an unmade bed. I have known mothers who remake the bed after their children do it because there is wrinkle in the spread or the blanket is on crooked. This is sick.

Tags: After, Children, Sick

Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?

Tags: Anyone, Notice, Piece

Marriage has no guarantees. If that's what you're looking for, go live with a car battery.

Tags: Car, Looking, Marriage

My kids always perceived the bathroom as a place where you wait it out until all the groceries are unloaded from the car.

Tags: Car, Place, Wait

If a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.

Tags: Dead, Football, Sports

Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy.

Tags: Design, Human, Sometimes

Car designers are just going to have to come up with an automobile that outlasts the payments.

Tags: Automobile, Car, Designers

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.

Tags: Children, Courage, Lives

Like religion, politics, and family planning, cereal is not a topic to be brought up in public. It's too controversial.

Tags: Family, Food, Religion

A friend will tell you she saw your old boyfriend - and he's a priest.

Tags: Friend, Old, Tell
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Getting out of the hospital is a lot like resigning from a book club. You're not out of it until the computer says you're out of it.

Tags: Book, Getting, Medical

How come anything you buy will go on sale next week?

Tags: Next, Sale, Week

Never accept a drink from a urologist.

Tags: Accept, Drink

Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip.

Tags: Baseball, Gossip, National

There is one thing I have never taught my body how to do and that is to figure out at 6 A.M. what it wants to eat at 6 P.M.

Tags: Body, Eat, Wants

Who in their infinite wisdom decreed that Little League uniforms be white? Certainly not a mother.

Tags: Mom, Mother, Wisdom

Thanks to my mother, not a single cardboard box has found its way back into society. We receive gifts in boxes from stores that went out of business twenty years ago.

Tags: Business, Mother, Society

It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.

Tags: Car, Children, Saying

Never order food in excess of your body weight.

Tags: Body, Food, Order

I was terrible at straight items. When I wrote obituaries, my mother said the only thing I ever got them to do was die in alphabetical order.

Tags: Die, Mother, Said

Why would anyone steal a shopping cart? It's like stealing a two-year-old.

Tags: Anyone, Shopping, Why

God created man, but I could do better.

Tags: Created, God

House guests should be regarded as perishables: Leave them out too long and they go bad.

Tags: Bad, House, Leave

Most women put off entertaining until the kids are grown.

Tags: Kids, Put, Women

What's with you men? Would hair stop growing on your chest if you asked directions somewhere?

Tags: Hair, Men, Stop

I will buy any creme, cosmetic, or elixir from a woman with a European accent.

Tags: Accent, Buy, Woman

Someone once threw me a small, brown, hairy kiwi fruit, and I threw a wastebasket over it until it was dead.

Tags: Dead, Small, Someone

Once you get a spice in your home, you have it forever. Women never throw out spices. The Egyptians were buried with their spices. I know which one I'm taking with me when I go.

Tags: Home, Once, Women

For some of us, watching a miniseries that lasts longer than most marriages is not easy.

Tags: Easy, Longer, Watching

In general my children refuse to eat anything that hasn't danced in television.

Tags: Children, Eat, Television

Onion rings in the car cushions do not improve with time.

Tags: Car, Improve, Time

Humorists can never start to take themselves seriously. It's literary suicide.

Tags: Seriously, Start, Themselves

On vacations: We hit the sunny beaches where we occupy ourselves keeping the sun off our skin, the saltwater off our bodies, and the sand out of our belongings.

Tags: Off, Ourselves, Sun

Youngsters of the age of two and three are endowed with extraordinary strength. They can lift a dog twice their own weight and dump him into the bathtub.

Tags: Age, Him, Strength

I have a hat. It is graceful and feminine and give me a certain dignity, as if I were attending a state funeral or something. Someday I may get up enough courage to wear it, instead of carrying it.

Tags: Courage, Give, May

When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me'.

Tags: God, Hope, Life

A friend doesn't go on a diet because you are fat.

Tags: Diet, Friend, Funny

Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.

Tags: Hours, Prepare

Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.

Tags: Dreams, Lonely, Time

When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.

Tags: Advice, Matter, Mother

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt.

Tags: Humor, Hurt, Pain

It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.

Tags: Become, Mom, Mother

I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.

Tags: Life, Sex, Women

There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.

Tags: Child, Morning

Guilt: the gift that keeps on giving.

Tags: Funny, Gift, Giving

Do you know what you call those who use towels and never wash them, eat meals and never do the dishes, sit in rooms they never clean, and are entertained till they drop? If you have just answered, 'A house guest,' you're wrong because I have just described my kids.

Tags: House, Kids, Wrong

Never have more children than you have car windows.

Tags: Car, Children, Funny

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, smell, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?

Tags: Else, Fire, Why

Don't confuse fame with success. Madonna is one; Helen Keller is the other.

Tags: Confuse, Fame, Success

One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child's name and how old he or she is.

Tags: Life, Old, Tell

If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it.

Tags: Laugh

Housework, if you do it right, will kill you.

Tags: Housework

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint.

Tags: Head, Second, Until

A friend never defends a husband who gets his wife an electric skillet for her birthday.

Tags: Birthday, Husband, Wife

When humor goes, there goes civilization.

Tags: Goes, Humor

Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.

Tags: Doctor, Medical, Office

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.

Tags: Alone, Home, Work

Children make your life important.

Tags: Children, Life

Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.

Tags: Done, Graduation, School

I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.

Tags: Brain, Human, Mind
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