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Helen Nielsen

  • Ada always sounded excited when she spoke, as if speech was a new art she had just mastered and was showing off.

  • There's never been a night yet that didn't end eventually.

  • ... there was nothing like necessity to supply a lack of nerve.

  • I wonder if that isn't the most sinful thing of all — thinking all the pleasant things are wicked.

  • Starlet ... That's Hollywood for photogenic female, unemployed.

  • When ignorance mobilizes, it's always the free minds it destroys first.

  • Thorkild smiled, and the gold caps gleamed. Then he went back to work on an open-faced sandwich that rather frightened Larry. He doubted that everything on it was completely dead.

  • A worried man could borrow a lot of trouble with practically no collateral ...

  • ... humility is like underwear — essential, but indecent if it shows.

  • Silence can be the worst ridicule.

  • There's nothing more unforgivable than someone who thinks he knows more about yourself than you do.

  • It's the guided thought that conquers; not the guided missile.

  • All Americans suffer from anxiety; it's a national disease.

  • Jealousy ... is the most obvious sign of impotency.

  • When a man mentally undresses a woman it's merely sex; but when a woman mentally dresses a man he's in dire danger of matrimony.

  • Marriage is something that should be tried at least once. It's educational.

Helen Nielsen, U.S. writer

(1918 - 2002)

Full name: Helen Berniece Nielsen.