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Men can't be trusted with pruning shears any more than they can be trusted with the grocery money in a delicatessen ... They are like boys with new pocket knives who will not stop whittling.
—  Phyllis McGinley
Gardening has compensations out of all proportions to its goals. It is creation in the pure sense.
—  Phyllis McGinley
The trouble with gardening is that is does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession.
—  Phyllis McGinley
Praise is warming and desirable ... what the human race lives on like bread. But praise is an earned thing. It has to be deserved like an honorary degree or a hug from a child. A compliment is manna, a free gift.
—  Phyllis McGinley
Getting along with men isn't what's truly important. The vital knowledge is how to get along with one man.
—  Phyllis McGinley
God knows that a mother needs fortitude and courage and tolerance and flexibility and patience and firmness and nearly every other brave aspect of the human soul. But because I happen to be a parent of almost fiercely maternal nature, I praise casualness. It seems to me the rarest of virtues.
—  Phyllis McGinley
The story tells us, too, That if you cut a pine cone part way through, You find it bears within it like a brand The imprint of His hand.
—  Phyllis McGinley

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