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Clare Booth Luce

Clare Booth Luce 1903-1987
English Writer, Poet, Moralist & Critic
 Great Truths       

Women know what men have long forgotten. The ultimate economic and spiritual unit of any civilization is still the family.

Young men still desire women as much as ever, even though they don’t want to marry them as much.

Advertising has done more to cause the social unrest of the 20th century than any other single factor.

The best defense against a powerful and positive dynamic ideology is neither verbal attack nor criticism, which are useful, but to set up an equally powerful and dynamic ideology against it.

I was wondering today what the religion of the country is: and all I could come up with is sex.

Remember, whenever a Republican leaves one side of the aisle and goes to the other, it raises the intelligence quotient of both parties.

Nature abhors a vacuum, even in the heads of statesmen.

If men had to bear babies, there would never be more than one child in a family.

I wish I were a virgin again. The only fun I ever had was holding out.

Censorship, like charity, should begin at home, but, unlike charity, it should end there

Nature abhors a virgin – a frozen asset.

Male supremacy has kept woman down. It has not knocked her out.

A man’s home may seem to be his castle on the outside; inside is more often his nursery.

No good deed goes unpunished.

There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.

A woman's best protection is a little money of her own.

They say that women talk too much. If you have worked in Congress you know that the filibuster was invented by men.

There is nothing like a good dose of another woman to make a man appreciate his wife.

What generally passes for “thought” among the majority of mankind is the time one takes out to rearrange one’s prejudices.

All history shows that the hand that cradles the rock has ruled the world, not the hand that rocks the cradle.

The Democrats are the troubadours and the crooners of catastrophe.

 A Democratic president is doomed to proceed to his goals like a squid, squirting darkness all about him.

Women do generally manage to love the guys they marry more than they manage to marry the guys they love.

Since the birth of our nation, the steady performance of the Marine Corps in fighting America’s battles has made it the very symbol of military excellence. The Corps has come to be recognized worldwide as an elite force of fighting men, renowned for their physical endurance, for their high level of obedience, and for the fierce pride they take, as individuals, in the capacity for self discipline..

I am for lifting everyone off the social bottom. In fact, I am for doing away with the social bottom altogether.

Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals - with no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.

In the final analysis there is no other solution to man’s progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest decision, the day’s generous utterances, and the day’s good deed.

You see few people here in America who really care very much about living a Christian life in a democratic world.

Money can't buy happiness, but it can make you comfortable while you're being miserable.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

If God had wanted us to think with just our wombs, why did he give us a brain?

Courage is the ladder on which all other virtues mount.

It is matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.

The politicians were talking themselves red, white and blue in the face.

In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.

HL Mencken told me once that he answered all his mail, pleasant and unpleasant, with just one line, “you may be right.“ That’s the way I feel now. It is in the realm of possibility, just barely, but I could be the one who’s wrong.