"Please to put a nickel, please to put a dime. How petitions trickle in at Christmas time!"
"Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas."Phyllis McGinley on Calvin Coolidge
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."Phyllis McGinley on Roy L. Smith
"The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live."Phyllis McGinley on George Carlin
"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store."Phyllis McGinley on Dr. Seuss
"A good conscience is a continual Christmas."Phyllis McGinley on Benjamin Franklin
"Sisters are always drying their hair. Locked into rooms, alone, they pose at the mirror, shoulders bare, trying this way and that their hair, or fly importunate down the stair to answer the telephone."
"Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with a man, one man."
"Marriage was all a woman's idea and for man's acceptance of the pretty yoke, it becomes us to be grateful."
"Of one thing I am certain, the body is not the measure of healing, peace is the measure."
"In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime."