Erma Bombeck was born 21 February 1927 and died 22 April 1996.
- When humour goes, there goes civilisation.
- One thing they never tell you about child raising is that for the rest of your life, at the drop of a hat, you are expected to know your child’s name and how old he or she is.
- I was too old for a paper route, too young for Social Security and too tired for an affair. [On becoming a writer.]
- It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
- Humourists can never start to take themselves seriously. It’s literary suicide.
Erma Bombeck was an American humourist who wrote newspaper columns and books. She penned more than 4 000 newspaper columns about the ordinary life of a mid-western suburban housewife. Her columns were read 30 million readers in the 1970s. Bombeck also published 15 books, most of which became bestsellers, including these titles: I Lost Everything in the Post-Natal Depression, The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank, and If Life Is a Bowl of Cherries, What Am I Doing in the Pits?
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