Erma Bombeck was born on February 21 in the year 1921, in Bellbrook, Ohio, and she grew up to become one of the most popular humorists of her time. Her newspaper column describing the Suburban home life lead her to fame and success. People enjoyed reading her column daily from 1965 to 1996. It is estimated that her column was read by 300 million readers in the U.S as well as Canada.
Erma was born in a working-class family and was raised in Dayton. Her first steps towards her future career were when she wrote a humorous column for her junior college and her first journalistic work was when she interviewed Shirley Temple. Later on, realizing her potential, Erma started her first job very early and worked as a stenographer and typist after high school. With the money she got from this work she started her college in Ohio at Ohio University, but she couldn't pass her subjects and kept failing until she gave up and left the university. Later on, Erma completed her degree in Literature from Dayton university, where she learned writing as she was associated with various clubs in the university.
However, Erma left her Journalism and writing after having adopted a child. But very surprisingly, this experience of leaving her job and becoming a housewife instead leads her to have ideas for her novels and columns, and she restarted her career again. Later in life, Erma wrote 15 novels, most of which were bestsellers, adding to her success and nationwide fame. Below are some of the famous Erma Bombeck Quotes.
Never go to a doctor whose office plants have died.
Erma puts forth a quote full of humour but with a deep meaning. A man must be organized enough to deal with other people, and how organized must he be if he cannot take care of himself? In some way, if bad lurks around a person, it will be a wrong decision to go to that person for help.
It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.
Most humans have dreams. Some dreams are so big that the dreamer feels shy even to mention them. But being open to all criticism and ridicule if a person with confidence shares his dream and has a conviction to complete it that shows real courage.
A child develops individuality long before he develops taste.
A child's brain is majorly developed in his/her childhood. Children observe things and listen to things keenly very early in life, which forms a deep impression on them. However, the taste buds develop very soon too, so to say that individuality develops before taste buds mean everything in the first few months a child experience shapes him/her very deeply.
Dreams have only one owner at a time. That's why dreamers are lonely.
Many people have dreams in the world, but all dreamers dream of a different thing. No two dreamers ever want the same things. Therefore, dreamers are very lonely because they alone walk their path. Each path is built for a single dreamer.
I worry about scientists discovering that lettuce has been fattening all along. . . .
Every day scientists keep exposing new facts and challenge new theories. Everything we know keeps changing. All the facts we know keep getting challenged. Therefore, Erma fears what the scientist will discover next. What if the simple things in life we know as facts are challenged too?
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Never go to your high school reunion pregnant or they will think that is all you have done since you graduated.
Erma mixes up humour with a deep message in this quote. Women are often subjected to a lot of criticism, and everything they do out of norms is going to be talked about. So, Erma tells women to be careful for the world is harsh for them. And one mistake might make people forget all the good they have done.
A friend doesn't go on a diet because you are fat.
We as an individual have to solve our problem. The people who are close to us can help us in our tough times, but they cannot solve our problems. Our friends can give us advice or offer mental support, but our problems are solely ours to solve.
It seemed rather incongruous that in a society of super-sophisticated communication, we often suffer from a shortage of listeners.
In our society, we speak in a very sophisticated manner. Deep conversations are rarely made. We are too busy to talk or rather too uptight to let go of our thoughts. And even in such a society, we lack listeners. We rarely speak, and even when we try to speak a little, people rarely listen.
At some point in your life, if you're lucky, you throw practicality to the wind and start living.
There are two ways to live. One can either be very practical and logical or one can be bold and outgoing. But to many people practical approach seems better because calculated risks are taken thus. But there always comes a point in life where risk is necessary. Where we do not want to survive but thrive. And at that point, we must let go of our practicality and take the risk, for not taking a risk is by far more risky.
When your mother asks, "Do you want a piece of advice?" it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.
Mother is a person one can completely call his own. No one knows a child as a mother does, and due to her immense care, she thinks that his/her child's life belongs to her. The mother does not hesitate to give advice which the child may or may not need. The need for such advice might be non-existent, but the intention they have are always pure.
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Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the 'Titanic' who waved off the dessert cart.
Time is fleeting and evanescent. Nothing can bring back time. Time is the most precious thing a man has. Therefore, we must seize the moment. Erma tries to convey this message with humour stating the example of rich women in titanic who refuse the dessert. We never know how much time we have, so we must live to the fullest and eat that dessert life offers!
There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and cut.
Humans feel a variety of emotions. Some emotions may be exactly opposite to each other, but these emotions are different sides of the same coin. And without pain, there is no value to happiness and likewise for other emotions. Therefore, we must embrace each emotion that we feel.
If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it.
While many things can be changed and altered, some things cannot be altered. Some things are a permanent glitch in time, and because we cannot do anything about them, we should accept it or make jokes about these situations so that we can cope with such things in a better way.
You should never have more children than you have car windows.
Most couples want children, and everyone chooses how many kids they want. But it is practical to say that a person should not have more children than what they can afford to pay for. Likewise, anything we want must be thought about first. Though we may afford something at a given time, we must also think about the future expenses of what we want.
It is not until you become a mother that your judgment slowly turns to compassion and understanding.
No love is truer than a mother's love. Mother is selfless and full of love. And as a woman becomes a mother, she learns to have compassion more than she ever had. And she becomes more understanding than ever before. Motherhood teaches qualities to a person that never before existed.
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
Festivities are the most exciting part of childhood. As children, we enjoy these days the most and treasure these memories for a lifetime. But as we grow up, we feel nostalgic remembering these days because we live different lives as we grow up. To get out of nostalgia and realize we are not kids anymore is the most painful realization ever.
Never order food over your body weight.
Erma understands the importance of body weight and diet. Eating more or less than what the body requires is very bad for our health. And therefore, we must particularly care that we aren't eating in the wrong way. Eat more especially is a very bad habit that can lead to various problems and diseases in the long term.
Before you try to keep up with the Joneses, be sure they're not trying to keep up with you.
While we may follow a lot of celebrities and try to talk and dress like them, we should understand that these celebrities did not reach such heights by such things but by working hard and perfecting their skills.
So to become like celebrities, we must work like them and not just try to look like them.
I have a theory about the human mind. A brain is a lot like a computer. It will only take so many facts, and then it will go on overload and blow up.
Humans always have believed that they are more intelligent than computers, but quite honestly, we just function like computers in many ways. Computers have memories that get used up and batteries that get exhausted. In a parallel sense, humans have brains that fill memories that later get distorted or forgotten and even exhausted.
Sometimes I can't figure designers out. It's as if they flunked human anatomy.
Designers have a special place in this modern world, and fashion designers are especially well respected and paid in the world today. However, due to the increasing anxiety and self-consciousness, people want to look a certain way, which makes designers make uncomfortable dresses for people. It is as if that all people have the same body types. It is as if human anatomy does not matter.