Find out what you like doing best, and get someone to pay you for it.— Katharine Whitehorn
The most cheerful Katharine Whitehorn quotes to get the best of your day
The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.
I am all for people having their heart in the right place;
but the right place for a heart is not inside the head.
The wind of change, whatever it is, blows most freely through an open mind.
Have you ever taken anything out of the clothes basket because it had become, relatively, the cleaner thing?
Why do born-again people so often make you wish they'd never been born the first time?
There are some circles in America where it seems to be more socially acceptable to carry a hand-gun than a packet of cigarettes.
A good listener is not someone with nothing to say.
A good listener is a good talker with a sore throat.
It is a pity that so often the only way to treat girls like people seems to be to treat them like boys.
When it comes to housework the one thing no book of household management can ever tell you is how to begin. Or maybe I mean why.
It has long been my boast that I can read or eat anything.
But unfortunately, although I eat like a Hoover, I read so slowly that I am always on the smart book three years after everyone else has finished.
The disease is painless; it's the cure that hurts.
Hats divide generally into three classes: offensive hats, defensive hats, and shrapnel.
Any committee that is the slightest use is composed of people who are too busy to want to sit on it for a second longer than they have to.
Spring makes everything look filthy.
I blame Rousseau, myself. "Man is born free", indeed. Man is not born free, he is born attached to his mother by a cord and is not capable of looking after himself for at least seven years (seventy in some cases).
The great rule is not to talk about money with people who have much more or much less than you.
From a commercial point of view, if Christmas did not exist it would be necessary to invent it.
I yield to no one in my admiration for the office as a social center, but it's no place actually to get any work done.
A good marriage is like Dr Who's Tardis: small and banal from the outside but spacious and interesting from within.
I suppose we all share this pipe-dream of being able to reach out a hand and find anything at will; what is amazing is that we think that good filing could somehow make it comes true. On the contrary: putting a letter into a filing system is like releasing your ferret in the Hampton Court maze.
Too great a preoccupation with motives (especially one's own motive) is liable to lead to too little concern for consequences.
I cannot for the life of me see why the umpires, the only two people on a cricket field who are not going to get grass stains on their knees, are the only two people allowed to wear dark trousers.
No nice men are good at getting taxis.
Perennials are the ones that grow like weeds, biennials are the ones that die this year instead of next and hardy annuals are the ones that never come up at all.
The Life and Soul, the man who will never go home while there is one man, woman or glass of anything not yet drunk.
Filing is concerned with the past; anything you actually need to see again has to do with the future.
I wouldn't say when you've seen one Western you've seen the lot;
but when you've seen the lot you get the feeling you've seen one.
It beats me how Freud could say "What do women want?" as if we all must want the same thing.
In hell they will bore you, in heaven you will bore them.
There's comfort to an awful old dressing-gown a pretty peignoir is powerless to provide, and aging bra elastic, is, I suspect, as near to liberation as most women ever get.
It would be nice to think that a censor could allow a genuine work of artistic seriousness and ban a titillating piece of sadism, but it would take a miracle to make such a distinction stick.
As ridiculous to approve of property and let a few men have a grossly unfair share of it, as say you are all for marriage, and then let one man have all the wives.
One reason you are stricken when your parents die is that the audience you've been aiming at all your life - shocking it, pleasing it - has suddenly left the theater.
I used to think the only use for sport was to give small boys something else to kick besides me.
Things a mother should know: how to comfort a son without exactly saying Daddy was wrong.
[On Malcolm Muggeridge:] He thinks he was knocked off his horse by God, like St.
Paul on the road to Damascus. His critics think he simply fell off it from old age.
It might be marvelous to be a man - then I could stop worrying about what's fair to women and just cheerfully assume I was superior, and that they had all been born to iron my shirts. Better still, I could be an Irish man - then I would have all the privileges of being male without giving up the right to be wayward, temperamental and an appealing minority.
In our society mothers take the place elsewhere occupied by the Fates, the System, Negroes, Communism or Reactionary Imperialist Plots; mothers go on getting blamed until they're eighty, but shouldn't take it personally.
The case against censoring anything is absolute: .
.. nothing that could be censored can be so bad in its effects, in the long run, as censorship itself.
And what would happen to my illusion that I am a force for order in the home if I wasn't married to the only man north of the Tiber who is even untidier than I am?
a perfectly managed Christmas correct in every detail is, like basted inside seams and letters answered by return, a sure sign of someone who hasn't enough to do.
I just wish, when neither of us has written to my husband's mother, I didn't feel so much worse about it than he does.
I am firm. You are obstinate. He is a pig-headed fool.
Whereas a lot of men used to ask for conversation when they really wanted sex, nowadays they often feel obliged to ask for sex even when they really want conversation.
Being young is not having any money; being young is not minding not having any money.
Does anybody who gave up smoking to save a pound a week have a pound at the end of the week? Not on your life.
Newish friends, if they get ghastly, can be weighed and found wanting, but you'd never do a thing like that to old ones; their terrible habits are just part of the universe.
In my next life I want to be a pessimist.
Then other people could spend all their time cheering me up.
As anyone who has ever fallen foul of an airport, a conventional hospital or a bad restaurant knows, misery is made up of little things.