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1 " Never use the passive voice. Do not say, 'It will get done.' Say, 'I'll do it,' and then stick to a solid, unwavering deadline "
3 " I was raised a Roman Catholic, but it was the kind of domesticated Catholicism that focused mostly on the length of your skirt rather than, say, the depth of your penitential observance "
4 " I'd say it's time for women to make a stand. And it's far, far easier to make a stand when you're wearing comfortable shoes. "
6 " After a certain age, you finally become the indisputable authority on the subject of yourself. "
7 " When the Apocalypse comes, you'll find me pushing Marie Antoinette out of the way and saying, 'Let me eat cake! Forget them; I want the cake! Two helpings! I have some friends with me! Is there coffee with the cake, Marie? I'm just asking. "
" Boys are rewarded for playing games where they line up by height and then run into walls. Perhaps I'm making that up--or perhaps you should do a Google search for "Guy Runs into Wall for Fun."
Not only do women hold up half the sky; we do it while carrying a 500-pound purse.
From age sixteen to age twenty, a woman's body is a temple. From twenty-one to forty-five, it's an amusement park. From forty-five on, it's a terrarium.
Bring your sense of humor with you at all times. Bring your friends with a sense of humor. If their friends have a sense of humor, invite them, too "
9 " There are now skin products supposedly created with 24-karat gold extract. I guess if financial times got really tough, you could always pawn your own head. "
10 " From age sixteen to age twenty, a woman's body is a temple. From twenty-one to forty-five, it's an amusement park. From forty-five on, it's a terrarium. "
11 " Boys are rewarded for playing games where they line up by height and then run into walls. Perhaps I'm making that up--or perhaps you should do a Google search for "Guy Runs into Wall for Fun. "
12 " I see birthdays as a reward for having shown up 365 in a row. It's like getting a badge for attendance. "
13 " Ever notice there are no clocks in stores? It's like casinos; they don't want you to know how much time you've spent dropping your quarters. "
14 " We don't want to settle down anymore; we've been settled, like some western township, and now we want to kick up the dust and tear down the fences. Not only won't we settle down; we also won't settle for less than what we've always wanted: a good time and a fair fight. "
17 " I will count my blessings when I am in the doldrums, count to ten when I am quarrelsome, and count on my friends when I need a laugh. "
18 " My therapist has helped me learn to understand that if you don't unpack your own emotional baggage it's no longer baggage--it's deadweight. "
19 " Having an unresolved Bad Boyfriend issue is like carrying around credit card debt . . . which can still show up and wreck your rating. "