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Jacquelyn Mitchard

  • Cats regard people as warm-blooded furniture.

  • ... our sons and daughters are only passing through. ... If we are lucky, they always will consider our home their harbor, but they are headed out to the open sea, almost from the first.

  • Being wanted is the tender heel of everything human.

  • Anybody can become a widow. There aren't any special qualifications. It happens in less time than it takes to draw a breath. It doesn't require the planning, for example, that it takes to become a wife or a mother or any of the other ritual roles of womanhood.

  • Here is how it is for women. We become our schedules. That starts to feel good. Then it starts to feel necessary. Then it starts to feel like everything.

  • Work is a slice of your life. It's not the entire pizza.

    • Jacquelyn Mitchard,
    • in Reader's Digest ()
  • I live in a social setting in which people are as deep in denial about drinking as they are into drinking.

    • Jacquelyn Mitchard,
    • in Leah Odze Epstein and Caren Osten Gerszberg, Drinking Diaries ()

Jacquelyn Mitchard, U.S. writer, journalist