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Ann Landers

  • Hatred is like an acid. It can do more damage to the container in which it is stored than to the object on which it is poured.

  • Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and, when it comes, hold your head high, look it squarely in the eye and say, 'I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.' Then repeat to yourself the most comforting of all words: 'This too shall pass.'

  • ... trouble is the great equalizer.

  • Marriage is not a reform school.

  • More divorces start in the bedroom than in any other room in the house.

  • Some are cold but few are frozen.

  • It has been said that rose-colored glasses do not come in bifocals because nobody reads the small print in dreams.

  • Pity the poor millionaire. He'll never know the thrill of paying that final installment.

  • The real trick is to stay alive as long as you live.

  • In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.

  • Women complain about sex more often than men. Their gripes fall into two major categories: (1) Not enough. (2) Too much.

  • ... trouble is not a sign of inadequacy, stupidity or inferiority, but rather an inescapable part of life — proof that you are a card-carrying member of the human race.

  • ... a word to those of you who are trying to drown your sorrow. Please be aware that sorrow knows how to swim.

  • Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It's the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

  • Never let an opportunity pass to give a well-deserved compliment.

  • Keep skid chains on your tongue. Say less than you think. Cultivate a pleasant voice. How you say it is often more important than what you say.

  • If criticism is needed, do it tactfully. Don't use a sledgehammer when a fly swatter will do the job.

  • It is a mark of a superior mind to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.

  • Don't indulge in gossip. ... People who throw mudballs always manage to end up getting a little on themselves.

  • Keep in mind that the true measure of an individual is how he treats a person who can do him absolutely no good.

  • Experience, they say, is the best teacher, but we get the grade first and the lesson later.

  • Some people take pleasure in regaling one and all with details of their poor health. They are happy to give an organ recital to anyone who will listen.

  • ... guilt is a pollutant and we don't need any more of it in the world.

  • It's one of the ironies of human nature that the most sensitive people are generally insensitive to the feelings of others.

  • People, like water, seek their own level.

  • Love is friendship that has caught fire. ... Love is content with the present, it hopes for the future, and it doesn't brood over the past. It's the day-in and day-out chronicle of irritations, problems, compromises, small disappointments, big victories and working toward common goals. If you have love in your life it can make up for a great many things you lack. If you don't have it, no matter what else there is, it's not enough.

  • All marriages are happy, it's the living together afterward that's tough.

  • Often the difference between a successful marriage and a mediocre one is leaving four or five things a day — unsaid.

  • No one knows what a marriage is like except the two people in it — and sometimes one of them doesn't know.

  • TV has had a stronger impact on our society than any single invention since the automobile. It has put the dead hand on conversation ...

  • Women's magazines continue to print 'helpful' articles on How to Hang on to Your Husband while thousands of wives write to me and complain that 'hanging is too good for 'em.'

  • Remember, it takes two to make an argument. The one who is wrong is the one who will be doing most of the talking.

  • Parents do not owe their progeny an inheritance no matter how much money they have. One of the surest ways to produce loafers and freeloaders is to let children know that their future is assured.

  • Children have an uncanny way of living up — or down — to what is expected of them.

  • No one can exploit you without your permission.

  • Television has proved that people will look at anything rather than each other.

    • Ann Landers,
    • in Bob Chieger, Was It Good for You, Too? ()
  • ... the naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • At every party there are two kinds of people — those who want to go home and those who don't. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • ... the best things in life aren't things.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • There are two categories of people who never will amount to much. Those who cannot do what they are told, and those who can do nothing else.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • Wake up and smell the coffee.

    • Ann Landers,
    • book title ()
  • Being interested is more important than being interesting.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • Tact is the art of making people feel at home when that's where you wish they were.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • Some things get better with age, but after a certain point, the mind isn't among them.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another checkout line.

    • Ann Landers,
    • syndicated column ()
  • Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking, “What happened?”

    • Ann Landers
  • Don't give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you will stumble onto something terrific. I have never heard of someone stumbling over something while he was sitting down.

    • Ann Landers
  • I had no idea so many people in the United States and Canada were tying each other up.

    • Ann Landers
  • Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.

    • Ann Landers
  • A successful marriage is not a gift; it is an achievement.

    • Ann Landers
  • If you want your children to listen, try talking softly — to someone else.

    • Ann Landers
  • We wouldn't worry so much about what people thought of us if we knew how seldom they did.

    • Ann Landers
  • A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half.

    • Ann Landers
  • The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.

    • Ann Landers
  • If you want to catch trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.

    • Ann Landers
  • The only sure way to double your money is to fold it and put it in your pocket.

    • Ann Landers
  • Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

    • Ann Landers
  • Be bigger than what happens to you.

Ann Landers, U.S. advice columnist

(1918 - 2002)

Real name: Esther Pauline Friedman.