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“Never, never, never let yourself feel that anybody ought to do anything for you. Once you become a duty you also become a nuisance.”
“Remember that nothing is so damaging to self-esteem as waiting for a telephone or door-bell that doesn't ring.”
“She seems to be in chronic mourning for all the relatives who have died within her memory and in a state of chronic resentment over the neglect of all those who haven't died.”
“... there are hundreds who don't know the difference between a cleansing cream and an emollient — which to our minds is practically the same as being illiterate.”
“It is a curious fact that personal possessions take on fictitious values and exceptional charms when the owner, no matter how generous, is faced with giving them away or even selling them (which usually amounts to the same thing).”
“One of the most popular narcotics to ease the pain of economy is cherishing the belief that better days are ahead. This is both efficacious and commendable, but it sometimes turns out to be a habit-forming drug. ... Things to which you look forward too long are almost invariably disappointing when you get them, and you might die first anyway.”
“It is a regrettable, but undeniable, fact that the most delightful people are seldom big money-makers.”
“There's still another problem which puzzles a lot of people — whether or not a baby will come within the budget. Our sentimental advice is to have one anyway, if you want one and have been through the marriage ceremony. The people who wait till they can afford a baby seldom have one at all except by surprise.”
Marjorie Hillis, U.S. writer
(1889 - 1971)