a diplomat ... is not worthy of the name unless he can say 'no' and make the other person like it - or at least not be offended by it.— Margery Wilson
The most astonishing Margery Wilson quotes that are proven to give you inner joy
The hope of any nation lies in the personal qualities of its individual members.
The steadily inward look leads us all to death, nations as well as persons, and is equally infantile in them all. Perhaps the most useful thing I have learned in my lifetime is that the process of maturing gradually turns the mind away from the small-self to the greater-self that is only served by serving others.
If Democracy should fail, it would be because we had been so lacking in self-discipline that our personal problems had taken all our substance and energies, leaving us nothing of value to contribute to the commonwealth.
Charm lies in complete forgetfulness of self.
The very thing that seems to impede your progress can often be turned to account for you.
No one could have been more surprised than I at my successes, and yet deep within me there was acknowledgment that had I not succeeded, I would have been equally surprised.
People make life. The more people, the more life.
Try to think of your thoughts as boomerangs - that is actually what they are - except that our thoughts multiply and each returns to us with a brood like itself.
Flirting is a cheap, dangerous shortcut to get something you can't hold after you get it.
You can never be free from limitation until you are willing to recognize that you and you alone are responsible for what you are. After you have passed infancy you are not a victim of anything but your own thinking.
Time is a friend - perhaps the best one we shall ever have.
... Time is a now - and there is only now. Memories look backward. Hope looks ahead. But there is in reality only now.
All life is a delusion of the senses.
To be alive is sufficient evidence that we are needed in the world. Otherwise we wouldn't be here.
So few people can think and talk at the same time.
Life pulls at bewildered humanity in so many ways! Blessed is the woman who makes her life a career of stimulating the courage of others.
Speaking of opinions, the charming woman does not air hers very freely.
The crude woman is eager to let you know what she thinks of every matter, person or object that bobs up. She comments on every passing item - even in public, as you may have noticed. Not only is it bad taste for her to be so desperately interested in her own reactions and opinions - but she throws away the precious aura of reserve and mystery that makes a woman attractive.
Women will not, for many a year, perhaps never, descend again to the status of toys.
any fair-minded person will agree that humanity hasn't the faintest inkling, at this time, of the powers and laws that will, sometime, be known and used.
People will invite you and seek you constantly if you learn how to give them the extreme pleasure of being clever. People adore the one who encourages them to display their conversational wares and admires the display.
Conversation is much like a tennis game except that in tennis you try to put the ball in the most difficult position for the one who must hit it - while in conversation you must try to put it where it will be easy to hit.
they're the sort of people one invites to lunch or tea, but never to dinner.
Probably one of the reasons why gushing is so unattractive is that it leaves nothing for the listener to do.