"Why can't you be more like little Hester Prynne? She's getting straight A's."
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"You can't hold yourself to those impossible standards."
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"Fetch and roll over weren't enough-then they sent me to philosophy classes."
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"My boyfriend is the son my parents always wanted."
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"I'm looking for something slightly more perfect."
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'Be My Valentine'
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"Excellent, but not fit for a king."
"I want to have at least two children - I have too much guilt to give for just one."
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"'Good' is not enough."
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"The board is going to have to talk to 5-G again."
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"The innocence seems forced."
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"And, Cath- even if you say no, I want you to know that you'll always be the template."
"Let's face it. The only play you've ever liked is 'Stop the World - I Want to Get Off.'"
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"Sorry, but 'cute' isn't a word I just throw around."
"Nice sonata, but it wouldn't hurt him to comb his hair and smile now and then."
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"This is bad work, Edwards! Bad! Bad! Bad! Bad!"
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"It isn't much of a dragon, but then, she wasn't much of a maiden."
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"I was with you right up to the cumin."
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"What we have here is technically impressive, Jason, but regrettably lacking in passion."
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Why Do We Always Want Something Better For Our Children Than What We Had For Ourselves?
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"If you don't hurry up, you're never going to be the first openly gay anything."
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"I've taken a vow of chastity with guys living in poverty."
"I'd like a full canteen with lemon."
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"I have my standards even if they're only industry standards."
Rubbish, Poppycock, Balderdash
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