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Quotes of the day: Clare Boothe Luce

Published Wednesday, October 09, 2013 @ 12:00 AM EDT
Oct 09 2013

Clare Boothe Luce (March 10, 1903 – October 9, 1987) was the first American woman appointed to a major ambassadorial post abroad. A versatile author, she is best known for her 1936 hit play The Women, which had an all-female cast. Her writings extended from drama and screen scenarios to fiction, journalism, and war reportage. She was the wife of Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life and Fortune. (Click for full Wikipedia article.)


A hospital is no place to be sick.

A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self in the mirror of some woman's eyes.

A man's home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside is more often his nursery.

A woman's best protection is a little money of her own.

Advertising has done more to cause the social unrest of the 20th century than any other single factor.

But if God had wanted us to think with our wombs, why did he give us a brain?

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home; but, unlike charity, it should end there.

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.

I don't have a warm personal enemy left. They've all died off. I miss them terribly because they helped define me.

I refuse the compliment that I think like a man; thought has no sex, one either thinks or one does not.

I'm in my anecdotage.

In the final analysis there is no other solution to man's progress but the day's honest work, the day's honest decision, the day's generous utterances, and the day's good deed.

It is only in lies, wholeheartedly and bravely told, that human nature attains through words and speech the forebearance, the nobility, the romance, the idealism, that- being what it is- it falls so short of in fact and in deed.

It is ridiculous to think you can spend your entire life with just one person. Three is about the right number. Yes, I imagine three husbands would do it.

It's matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.

Lying increases the creative faculties, expands the ego, and lessens the frictions of social contacts.

Love is a verb.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you awfully comfortable while you're being miserable.

Nature abhors a virgin- a frozen asset.

No good deed goes unpunished.

Technological man can't believe in anything that can't be measured, taped, or put into a computer.

The oppressed never free themselves- they do not have the necessary strengths.

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.
(on campaigning)

There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.

There is nothing harder than the softness of indifference.

There is nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife.

They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.

Widowhood is a fringe benefit of marriage.

Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.

You know, that's the only good thing about divorce; you get to sleep with your mother.

You see few people here in America who really care very much about living a Christian life in a democratic world.

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