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Mary Jo Putney

  • ... what one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever.

  • Principles are sometimes an unaffordable luxury.

  • Friendship was as much a matter of knowing when not to speak as when one should.

  • Parents and children were put on earth to give each other grief. You were my punishment for how I behaved to my own father. And I'll have my revenge when you have children of your own.

  • Death and guilt were natural partners.

  • I've always thought of this city as Disneyland for adults. ... There's no danger of Las Vegas expiring from an excess of good taste.

  • Humor was one of the most seductive things about a man.

  • Like cats and ice cream, showers were among life's simple, uncomplicated pleasures.

  • [On New York City:] From a dating point of view, it's like a really large rummage sale — lots of strange items, but darned little that you'd want to take home.

  • Competence is a great creator of confidence.

  • I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

  • ... we all grow up thinking our parents found us under cabbage leaves and that sex didn't exist before our personal coming-of-age.

  • Enigmatic — the quality of keeping silent and making people wonder if one is stupid rather than opening one's mouth and removing all doubt.

  • Once you can fake sincerity, you can fake anything.

Mary Jo Putney, U.S. writer