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67 Inspiring Quotes by Ann Landers

  • Last updated Jul 26 2021

Welcome to our collection of quotes by Ann Landers.

Wikipedia Summary for Ask Ann Landers

Ann Landers was a pen name created by Chicago Sun-Times advice columnist Ruth Crowley in 1943 and taken over by Esther Pauline "Eppie" Lederer (July 4, 1918 – June 22, 2002) in 1955. For 56 years, the Ask Ann Landers syndicated advice column was a regular feature in many newspapers across North America. Owing to this popularity, "Ann Landers", though fictional, became something of a national institution and cultural icon.

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People who drink to drown their sorrow should be told that sorrow knows how to swim.

--Ask Ann Landers

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Children have an uncanny way of living up -- or down -- to what is expected of them.

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It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.

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At age 20, we worry about what others think of us. At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At age 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all.

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Anyone who believes the competitive spirit in America is dead has never been in a supermarket when the cashier opens another check-out line.

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Nobody says you must laugh, but a sense of humor can help you overlook the unattractive, tolerate the unpleasant, cope with the unexpected, and smile through the day.

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Maturity is the ability to harness your abilities and your energies and do more than is expected. The mature person refuses to settle for mediocrity. He she would rather aim high and miss the mark than low-and make it.

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It is a mark of a superior mind to be able to disagree without being disagreeable.

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If at first you do succeed, try something harder.

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Trouble is not a sign of inadequacy, stupidity or inferiority, but rather an inescapable part of life -- proof that you are a card-carrying member of the human race.

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Class is real. It can't be faked.

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Grown-up people can wait.

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Love is friendship that has caught fire.

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Longer Version:

Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyal through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses.


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Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which cannot be changed, the courage to change that which should be changed, no matter what it takes, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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Know yourself. Don't accept your dog's admiration as conclusive evidence that you are wonderful.

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People of integrity expect to be believed. They also know time will prove them right and are willing to wait.

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The Lord gave us two ends: one to sit on and the other to think with. Success depends on which one we use the most.

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A man spends the first half of his life learning habits that shorten the other half.

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Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.

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I was naive, but I certainly was not duplicitous.

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Nobody ever drowned in his own sweat.

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Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life and repeat to yourself, the most comforting words of all; this, too, shall pass.

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A husband is a man who wishes he had as much fun when he goes on business trips as his wife thinks he does.

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An open marriage is nature's way of telling you that you need a divorce.

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Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it. Immature people spend their lives exploring endless possibilities and then doing nothing. Action requires courage. Without courage, little is accomplished.

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Warmth, kindness, and friendship are the most yearned for commodities in the world. The person who can provide them will never be lonely.

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The minute more than two people know a secret, it is no longer a secret.

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When life's problems seem overwhelming, look around and see what other people are coping with. You may consider yourself fortunate.

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Opportunities are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them.

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The naked truth is always better than the best-dressed lie.

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Strong role models and unconditional love can heal even the most emotionally impoverished person, and that goes for adults as well as youngsters.

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In recent years, there have been reports of people with twisted minds putting razor blades and poison in taffy apples and Halloween candy. It is no longer safe to let your child eat treats that come from strangers.

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The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.

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No person who can read is ever successful at cleaning out an attic.

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TV has had a stronger impact on our society than any single invention since the automobile. It has put the dead hand on conversation.

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You need that guy like a giraffe needs strep throat.

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Love is content with the present, it hopes for the future and it doesn't brood over the past.

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Class can 'walk with kings and keep its virtue and talk with crowds and keep the common touch.' Everyone is comfortable with the person who has class because that person is comfortable with himself.

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If you want your children to listen, try talking softly to someone else.

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Friends with benefits? More than friends? Don't sample the goodies unless you're willing to risk addiction and withdrawal.

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All marriages are happy, it's living together afterward that's tough.

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If you want to catch trout, don't fish in a herring barrel.

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Wake up and smell the coffee.

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One out of four people in this country is mentally unbalanced. Think of your three closes friends; if they seem OK, then you're the one.

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Some people believe holding on and hanging in there are signs of great strength. However, there are times when it takes much more strength to know when to let go and then do it.

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All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love.

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Longer Version:

All married couples should learn the art of battle as they should learn the art of making love. Good battle is objective and honest never vicious or cruel. Good battle is healthy and constructive, and brings to a marriage the principles of equal partnership.


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Don't give up. Keep going. There is always a chance that you stumble onto something terrific. I have never heard of anyone stumbling over anything while he was sitting down.

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Parents do not owe their progeny an inheritance no matter how much money they have. One of the surest ways to produce loafers and freeloaders is to let children know that their future is assured.

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Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you've always wanted to do but couldn't find the time.

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Longer Version:

Let this coming year be better than all the others. Vow to do some of the things you have always wanted to do but could not find the time. Call up a forgotten friend. Drop an old grudge, and replace it with some pleasant memories. Vow not to make a promise you do not think you can keep. Walk tall, and smile more. You will look 10 years younger. Do not be afraid to say, I love you. Say it again. They are the sweetest words in the world.


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Inside every seventy-year-old is a thirty-five-year-old asking, 'What happened?

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Class is considerate of others. It knows that good manners is nothing more than a series of petty sacrifices.

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Some people take pleasure in regaling one and all with details of their poor health. They are happy to give an organ recital to anyone who will listen.

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Blessed are they who hold lively conversations with the helplessly mute, for they shall be called dentists.

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My personal recipe for success is- Do what you love and don't look at the clock.

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Assume nothing. Inside every dumb blond there may be a very smart brunette.

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Class never tries to build itself up by tearing others down. Class is already up and need not strive to look better by making others look worse.

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I made up my mind when I was 15 years old that I would never smoke or drink. I have kept that pledge to myself, and it was one of the smartest decisions I ever made.

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A successful marriage is not a gift; it is an achievement.

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At age 40, we don't care what they think of us. At 60, we discover they haven't been thinking of us at all.

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Maturity is humility.

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Longer Version:

Maturity is humility. It is being big enough to say, "I was wrong." And, when he she is right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, "I told you so."


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A happy marriage has the tranquility of a lovely sunset.

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