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Joyce Brothers

  • It is not so much a question of what love is as of what love does.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • Woman
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  • The simple but observable fact is that the more you love, the more you are able to love.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • Woman
    • ()
  • Sex and love are like tea and milk. They can be mixed or they can be taken straight. Each has certain distinctive characteristics, but when they are combined they form a unique substance.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • Woman
    • ()
  • The only people who don't make mistakes are the people who don't do anything.

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    • Woman
    • ()
  • When success comes in the door, it seems, love often goes out the window.

  • ... a woman has been trained ever since she was a little girl to look in the mirror, not to see what's right, but to check what's wrong. Women are inclined to see their flaws rather than their assets.

  • For some reason, we see divorce as a signal of failure despite the fact that each of us has a right and an obligation to rectify any other mistake we make in life.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • ... no matter how great the differences are between men and women, the differences among members of the same sex are usually equally great if not greater.

  • A woman should never underestimate the power of the child in the man. Sometimes the child seems to be in the driver's seat at the very moment when all a man's adult judgment and insight is needed.

  • Men have two basic needs. Neither of them, no matter what they say, is sex. They need love and they need work. And work takes priority over love. If a woman could know only one fact about men and work, it should be that work is the most seductive mistress most men ever have.

  • It is a man's world at the top, at the bottom, and in between. Men are in the catbird seat as far as income, opportunity, status, and power are concerned. This is the way it always has been and, as far as men are concerned, it is the way it always should be.

  • Whatever a man thinks about sex, you can be sure that he thinks about sex almost constantly.

  • There is a rule in sailing where the more maneuverable ship should give way to the less maneuverable craft. I think this is sometimes a good rule to follow in human relationships as well.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • Listening, not imitation, may be the sincerest form of flattery.

  • Trust your hunches. They're usually based on facts filed away just below your conscious level.

  • Hunches are a kind of subterranean logic shorthand.

  • Don't fool yourself that you are going to have it all. You are not. Psychologically, having it all is not even a valid concept. The marvelous thing about human beings is that we are perpetually reaching for the stars. The more we have, the more we want. And for this reason, we never have it all.

  • Love, real love, is not simply a state of bliss. It is an ever-changing state, the result of time and emotional development, of trust and commitment.

  • Accept that all of us can be hurt, that all of us can — and surely will at times — fail. Other vulnerabilities, like being embarrassed or risking love, can be terrifying, too. I think we should follow a simple rule: if we can take the worst, take the risk.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • They say that money is not everything. I say that when you don't have any, it is everything.

  • Feeling gratitude isn't born in us — it's something we are taught, and in turn, we teach our children.

    • Joyce Brothers,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • The best of all possible marriages is a seesaw in which first one, then the other partner is dominant.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • If we did get a divorce, the only way my husband would find out about it is if they announced it on Wide World of Sports.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • When you come right down to it, the secret of having it all is loving it all.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • Marriage is not just spiritual communion and passionate embraces; marriage is also three meals a day, sharing the workload and remembering to carry out the trash.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • Anger repressed can poison a relationship as surely as the cruelest words.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • [On what women want:] Exactly what men want: love, money, excitement, pleasure, happiness, fulfilling work — and sometimes a child who will say 'I love you.'

    • Joyce Brothers
  • If Shakespeare had to go on an author tour to promote Romeo and Juliet he never would have written Macbeth.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • No matter how love-sick a woman is, she shouldn't take the first pill that comes along.

    • Joyce Brothers
  • Credit buying is much like being drunk. The buzz happens immediately, and it gives you a lift ... The hangover comes the day after.

    • Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers, U.S. psychologist, TV/radio personality, columnist

(1927 - 2013)

Full name: Joyce Diane Bauer Brothers.