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Mary McCarthy Quotes and Sayings

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People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children.
- Mary McCarthy

Life for the European is a career; for the American it is a hazard.
- Mary McCarthy

In politics, it seems, retreat is honorable if dictated
by military considerations and shameful if even suggested for ethical reasons.
- Mary McCarthy

In science, all facts, no matter how trivial or banal,
enjoy democratic equality.
- Mary McCarthy

 

The immense popularity of American movies abroad demonstrates
that Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
- Mary McCarthy

When an American heiress wants to buy a man,
she at once crosses the Atlantic.
The only really materialistic people I have ever met have been Europeans.
- Mary McCarthy

We are the hero of our own story.
- Mary McCarthy

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You musn't force sex to do the work of love or love to do the work of sex.
- Mary McCarthy

We all live in suspense from day to day;
in other words,
you are the hero of your own story.
- Mary McCarthy

The theater is the only branch of art much cared for by people of wealth;
like canasta,
it does away with the brother of talk after dinner.
- Mary McCarthy

Europe is the unfinished negative of which America is the proof.
- Mary McCarthy

Liberty, as it is conceived by current opinion,
has nothing inherent about it; it is a sort of gift
or trust bestowed on the individual by the state pending good behavior.
- Mary McCarthy

Every word she writes is a lie, including and and the.
- Mary McCarthy

Is it really so difficult to tell a good action from
a bad one? I think one usually knows right away or a moment afterward,
in a horrid flash of regret.
- Mary McCarthy

I am putting real plums into an imaginary cake.
- Mary McCarthy

The suspense of a novel is not only in the reader,
but in the novelist, who is intensely curious about
what will happen to the hero.
- Mary McCarthy

Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted.
- Mary McCarthy

Bureaucracy, the rule of no one, has become the modern form of despotism.
- Mary McCarthy

If someone tells you he is going to make a "realistic decision,"
you immediately understand that he has resolved to do something bad.
- Mary McCarthy

I suppose everyone continues to be interested in the quest for the self,
but what you feel when you're older,
I think,
is that you really must make the self.
- Mary McCarthy

I'm afraid I'm not sufficiently inhibited about the
things that other women are inhibited about for me.
They feel that you've given away trade secrets.
- Mary McCarthy

In violence, we forget who we are.
- Mary McCarthy

Being abroad makes you conscious of the whole imitative side of human behavior.
The ape in man.
- Mary McCarthy

The American character looks always as if it had just
had a rather bad haircut,
which gives it, in our eyes at any rate,
a greater humanity than the European,
which even among its beggars has an all too professional air.
- Mary McCarthy

Labor is work that leaves no trace behind it when it is finished,
or if it does, as in the case of the tilled field,
this product of human activity requires still more labor,
incessant, tireless labor, to maintain its identity as a "work" of man.
- Mary McCarthy

The labor of keeping house is labor in its most naked state,
for labor is toil that never finishes,
toil that has to be begun again the moment it is completed,
toil that is destroyed and consumed by the life process.
- Mary McCarthy

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White PHOTO

To laugh often and much;
to win the respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children,
to leave the world a better place,
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived,
this is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson PHOTO

Truth is not defined by
how many people believe something.
Ask. Question. Think.
Decide - for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

When people get caught up with that which is right
and they are willing to sacrifice for it,
there is no stopping point short of victory.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fear defeats more people than
any other one thing in the world.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason.
People change so that you can learn to let go,
things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they're right,
you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.
- Marilyn Monroe

People that seem so glorious are all show;
underneath they are like everyone else.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don't live your life to please other people.
- Oprah Winfrey

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world.
For, indeed, that's all who ever have.
- Margaret Mead

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou

Whenever you're in conflict with someone,
there is one factor that can make the difference
between damaging your relationship and deepening it.
That factor is attitude.
- William James

When dealing with people, remember you are
not dealing with creatures of logic,
but creatures of emotion.
- Dale Carnegie

People are like stained glass windows,
they sparkle and shine when the sun is out,
but when darkness sets in their true beauty
is revealed only if there is a light from within.
- Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Knowing your own darkness is the best method
for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
- Carl Jung

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

A common denominator of all religions is that
they have the power to bring out the best and the worst in people.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The enlightened give thanks
for what most people take for granted.
- Michael Beckwith

People are just as happy
as they make up their minds to be.
- Abraham Lincoln

The wicked leader is he who the people despise.
The good leader is he who the people revere.
The great leader is he who the people say, "We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

A hero may or may not lead other people,
but all heroes lead themselves.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

To lead people walk behind them.
- Lao Tzu

Most of the important things in the world
have been accomplished by people
who have kept on trying
when there seemed to be no hope at all.
- Dale Carnegie

"Go to the people and live among them
in order to know them and learn from them.
- Jimmy Yen

People rarely succeed unless they
have fun in what they are doing.
- Dale Carnegie

Most people give up just when
they're about to achieve success.
They quit on the one yard line.
They give up at the last minute of the game,
one foot from a winning touch down.
- Ross Perot

Envy comes from people's ignorance of,
or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
- Jean Vanier

Anyone who proposes to do good
must not expect people to roll stones out of his way,
but must accept his lot calmly,
even if they roll a few stones upon it.
- Albert Schweitzer

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

When the best leader's work is done the people say,
"We did it ourselves."
- Lao Tzu

People are not lazy.
They simply have impotent goals -
that is, goals that do not inspire them.
- Tony Robbins

Small is the number of people who
see with their eyes
and think with their minds.
- Albert Einstein

In spite of everything, I still believe
that people are really good at heart.
I simply can't build up my hopes on a foundation
consisting of confusion, misery and death.
- Anne Frank

We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic.
Different people, different beliefs,
different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
- Jimmy Carter

People generally complain about only two things:
when they have less than yesterday,
and when they have less than their neighbor.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

That you may retain your self-respect, it is better
to displease the people by doing what you know is right,
than to temporarily please them by doing what you know is wrong.
- William J. H. Boetcker

You can choose to be peaceful right here and now ...
it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.
- Gerald Jampolsky

What people believe prevails over the truth.
- Sophocles

You don't lead by hitting people over the head -
that's assault, not leadership.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful,
committed people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
- Margaret Mead

I suppose leadership at one time meant muscles;
but today it means getting along with people.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi


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