Literary Birthday – 21 March – Phyllis McGinley

Phyllis McGinley was born 21 March 1905, and died 22 February 1978.


  1. Words can sting like anything, but silence breaks the heart.
  2. Compromise, if not the spice of life, is its solidity. It is what makes nations great and marriages happy.
  3. A bit of trash now and then is good for the severest reader. It provides the necessary roughage in the literary diet.
  4. 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.
  5. In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
  6. 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.

Phyllis McGinley was a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author of children’s books and poetry. She is the author of The Most Wonderful Doll in the World.

by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 21st March 2014