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Abigail Van Buren Quotes


Abigail Van Buren is the pen name of Pauline Phillips and carried on by her daughter, Jeanne Phillips. They write the advice column "Dear Abby".


A church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum for saints.
[Religion]
 

Accept every blind date you can get, even with a girl who wears jeans. Maybe you can talk her out of them.
[Sex]
 

If we could sell our experiences for what they cost us, we'd all be millionaires.
[Experience]
 

If you want a place in the sun, you've got to put up with a few blisters.
[Acceptance]
 

If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
[Children]
 

It is a sad commentary of our times when our young must seek advice and counsel from "Dear Abby" instead of going to Mom and Dad.
[Advice]
 

It is almost impossible to throw dirt on someone without getting a little on yourself.
[Forgiveness]
 

It is true that I was born in Iowa, but I can't speak for my twin sister.
[Funny]
 

Loneliness is the ultimate poverty.
[Loneliness]
 

Never give a golfer an ultimatum unless you're prepared to lose.
[Golf]
 

People who fight fire with fire usually end up with ashes.
[Motivation]
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Religion, like water, may be free, but when they pipe it to you, you've got to help pay for piping. And the Piper!
[Religion]
 

The best index to a person's character is (a) how he treats people who can't do him any good, and (b) how he treats people who can't fight back.
[Helping Other People]
 

The less you talk, the more you're listened to.
[Experience]
 

There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who walk into a room and say, "There you are" and those who say, "Here I am"
 

True, a little learning is a dangerous thing, but it still beats total ignorance.
[Ignorance]
 

Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does - except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.