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Margaret Culkin Banning

  • What does one save for, anyhow? For a few tired hours at the end of life when one sits and counts dollars? Or do we save so that those last years will not be mentally barren or esthetically shabby? I try to save a few things to furnish my mind decently, on the theory that no auctioneer can get in there to sell off all the furniture.

    • Margaret Culkin Banning,
    • "Savings of a Lifetime," in The Saturday Evening Post ()
  • It isn't easy to be a person who sometimes has to try to preserve your happiness at the expense of your fun.

  • ... sentences that begin with 'all women' are never, never true.

  • She never quite leaves her children at home, even when she doesn't take them along.

    • Margaret Culkin Banning,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • ... when she got around to it she would entertain age pleasantly, just as she had put many another awkward guest at ease in her house.

  • She usually got a head start on the day before it knew she was in a race with it.

  • Regrets are as personal as fingerprints.

    • Margaret Culkin Banning,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • Fiction is not a dream. Nor is it guesswork. It is imagining based on facts, and the facts must be accurate or the work of imagining will not stand up.

    • Margaret Culkin Banning,
    • in The Writer ()
  • I don't believe that it's true that the poor will always be with us. I think that kind of pious fatalism is just an excuse for keeping things the way they are.

Margaret Culkin Banning, U.S. writer

(1891 - 1982)