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Lois Wyse

  • ... it was only long after the ceremony / That we learned / Why we got married / In the first place.

    • Lois Wyse,
    • "The Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel," Love Poems for the Very Married ()
  • Love is a great glue, but there is no cement like mutual hate.

  • Fear is born in uncertainty and nourished by pessimism.

  • The older he got, the more comfortable his prejudices became and now, like his pipe, they seemed a part of his manner and dress.

  • ... what she didn't know was the loss of self when a husband dies. What she didn't know was the cold side of the bed, the side that would never be warm again. What she didn't know was the hollowness of the halls of her home. Where was the deep voice, the heavy walk?

  • ... the only people in the whole world who can change things are those who can sell ideas.

  • ... there is no noise louder than a silent phone.

  • I have a theory that since everyone is always dieting, no one at a convention dinner ever eats the potatoes. Therefore, they go back to the kitchen uneaten. And the next night they reappear at another convention. Therefore, one should never eat the potatoes. Who knows? They may be six or seven years old.

  • Power, like fear, had a taste. But power tasted better.

  • For most of us, dreams come true only after they do not matter. Only in childhood do we ever have the chance of making dreams come true when they mean everything.

  • Survival must come before civilization.

  • Men are taught to apologize for their weaknesses, women for their strengths.

    • Lois Wyse,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • Don't ever take advice from anyone who starts a sentence with, 'You may not like me for this, but it's for your own good — ' It never is.

  • If you can't add to the discussion, don't subtract by talking.

  • Carelessness with details sinks more careers than anyone will admit.

  • No matter what the job description says, your real job is to make the boss look good.

  • Women on the way up generally fail to win popularity contests. The only compensation is that once you're there you will become very well liked.

  • Always hire people who are better than you. Hiring dummies is shortsighted. You can't move up the ladder until everyone is comfortable with your replacement.

  • Repeat nothing — absolutely nothing — that is told you in confidence. There is no such thing as telling just one person.

  • If you are hired to shake up the system, do it. No one will believe you're the boss until you do one or more of the following: 1. Add a new division; 2. Lop off a present department; 3. Add new people or reassign and reward present employees; 4. Get rid of deadwood; 5. Change the method of accounting; 6. Change lawyers, accountants, or other outside services; 7. Ask a lot of questions, and demand answers by a certain date; 8. Get in touch with key people in your industry or city and arrange personal meetings; 9. Improve working conditions; 10. Update present benefit plans.

  • Most meetings are too long, too dull, too unproductive — and too much a part of corporate life to be abandoned.

  • The single most dangerous word to be spoken in business is 'no.' The second most dangerous word is 'yes.' It is possible to avoid saying either ...

  • Briefcases, like CEOs, should never look new and unused.

  • Power never takes two weeks off. Power takes long weekends.

  • Power always works from the corner office.

  • Nothing is more stylish than power.

  • Corporations, being only human, make mistakes. Sometimes you may end up working for one of those mistakes.

  • ... in this impersonal world of the nine-digit zip code, credit cards, and numbered bank accounts, in this world of no marriage, late marriage, and remarriage, the operative word in office relationships is 'family.'

  • Age becomes reality when you hear someone refer to 'that attractive young woman standing next to the woman in the green dress,' and you find that you're the one in the green dress.

  • A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.

  • We are the generation that came of age in an ageless society.

  • A child who has a grandparent has a softened view of life, the feeling that there is more to life than what we see, more than getting and gaining, winning and losing.

  • Margaret was a corporate wife back in the days when that was the best job a woman could get in the business world.

    • Lois Wyse,
    • in Good Housekeeping ()
  • A letter is never ill-timed; it never interrupts. Instead it waits for us to find the opportune minute, the quiet moment to savor the message. There is an element of timelessness about letter writing ...

  • ... letters freeze time for us, eternalizing shared experiences so we can go back and draw strength from them. Letters are like deposits in a secret bank that can be withdrawn when they are needed. And as we look back in love, we appreciate anew the thought and time that was taken to express those feelings.

  • Letters remind us that when we write we can bring back the best of times, even make time stand still, if only for a few minutes.

  • Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.

    • Lois Wyse,
    • in Jennifer Gates Hayes, ed., Pearls of Wisdom From Grandma ()
  • Your mother calls and says she hasn't seen you for a long time. The first year: You invite her for a week. You give her your room, and you both sleep on the lumpy studio couch. The fifth year: Your mother sleeps on the lumpy studio couch. The tenth year: You send the children to mother.

Lois Wyse, U.S. advertising executive, writer, columnist

(1926 - 2007)

Full name: Lois Helen Wyse. Born Lois Wohlgemuth. Co-founded Wyse Advertising; “With a name like Smucker’s it has to be good.”