"I can't figure out what's going on with him—he should have been a star by now."
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"The presentation is dreadful."
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"Start the economy."
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"And just how do you expect to become a made man, son, without a solid liberal-arts education?"
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"Attention, please. At 8:45 A.M. on Tuesday, July 29, 2008, you are all scheduled to take the New York State Bar Exam."
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"I've been a cow all my life, honey. Don't ask me to change now."
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"Even though you gave the CEO a kidney, this is a lot of sick days."
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"Your mother and I have seen your report card, and we've decided to distance ourselves from you."
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"I'm about to experience the totality of who I am!"
"I was hoping that heaven might be, you know, more transcendent."
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"My boyfriend is the son my parents always wanted."
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He Didn't Know How To Appreciate Nature
"Timothy, success is nothing to fear."
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"I'm looking for something slightly more perfect."
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"I shall require many menservants."
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"I'd much prefer to hide inside walls with original moldings."
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"Don't tell me about busy- I'm on my freaking honeymoon!"
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"I'll have the dressing on the side in a handblown glass container on a bamboo cloth with a sprig of something delicate placed gently nearby."
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"You cast a heavy shadow on your son."
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"Developing a layer of insulating fat isn't as easy as it sounds."
"Perhaps you're to blame for having unrealistic expectations."
"I can't help but feel I'm destined for something greater than having a job."
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"You'll have no problem squeezing 80 hours into a 30 hour week."
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"Feel free to take notes."
"But you can't miss her second-grade first-semester graduation!"