Clare Boothe Luce
American writer, politician, ambassador, journalist and anti-Communist activist
- You see few people here in America who really care very much about living a Christian life in a democratic world.
- Europe in the Spring, ch. 12 (1940)
- Communism is the opiate of the intellectuals [with] no cure except as a guillotine might be called a cure for dandruff.
- Newsweek (Jan. 24, 1955)
- No good deed goes unpunished.
- Roman Candle (Leticia Baldridge), p. 129 (1956)
- A man has only one escape from his old self: to see a different self — in the mirror of some woman's eyes.
- Mrs. Morehead, act I
- You know, that's the only good thing about divorce; you get to sleep with your mother.
- Little Mary, act III
- Always remember, Peggy, it's matrimonial suicide to be jealous when you have a really good reason.
- Edith, act III
- This famous quip was first quoted in print by Luce's social secretary Letitia Baldrige in Roman Candle (Houghton Mifflin, Boston, 1956), 129: "When I would entreat her to engage in resolving a specific case, she replied, 'No good deed goes unpunished, Tish, remember that.'" Oscar Wilde, Billy Wilder, and Andrew Mellon have also been cited as sources, but without written evidence.