Abigail Mccarthy Quotes

Abigail Quigley McCarthy (April 16, 1915, Wabasha, Minnesota – February 1, 2001, Washington, D.C.) was an American academic and writer, best known as the wife of politician and presidential contender Eugene McCarthy. She predeceased her estranged husband by almost five years

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Abigail Mccarthy


I don't think life offers any greater experience than the joyful sense of recognition when one finds in a new acquaintance a real friend, or when an old relationship deepens into friendship, or when one finds an old friendship intact despite the passage of years and many absences.

Abigail Mccarthy


By the very fact of public life, one seems to lose humanity in people's eyes.

Abigail Mccarthy


growth requires purposeful division. Responsible dissent is the essence of democracy.

Abigail Mccarthy


... men of power are seldom protected from their own infirmities by the men subordinate to them -- not even in the sad circumstances of mental exhaustion.

Abigail Mccarthy


[What she told herself before interviews:] I am the way I am; I look the way I look; I am my age.

Abigail Mccarthy


the apathy and inattention of the average citizen is beyond comprehension.

Abigail Mccarthy


It is hard for many people today to make the distinction between religion and religiosity, the latter a dangerous parody of the former.

Abigail Mccarthy


When I was young I thought of friendship as a matter of total loyalty and unchanging preference and I was often disappointed. But as an adult I had come to see that it was more the refraction of some total faithfulness and joy of which we all had some primordial notion. The exchange of trust and the experience of understanding between two people was like a sign or witness to the possibilitity of eternal caring and understanding and communication.

Abigail Mccarthy


One is not allowed a grief for a life never lived. Yet one has buried the fruit of love, and a great deal of hope and many dreams.

Abigail Mccarthy