Phyllis McGinley was born 21 March 1905, and died 22 February 1978.
- Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.
- Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.
- A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet.
- Sin has always been an ugly word, but it has been made so in a new sense over the last half-century. It has been made not only ugly but passé. People are no longer sinful, they are only immature or underprivileged or frightened or, more particularly, sick.
- In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
- A bookworm in bed with a new novel and a good reading lamp is as much prepared for pleasure as a pretty girl at a college dance.
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