"Till now I always thought of the gravy train as a good thing."
Keats's heart aches, and a drowsy numbness pains his sense.
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"I'd like to remind you again, Winﬁeld, that daydreaming is only a part of the creative process."
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"Thanks for walking a mile in my shoe but it's beginning to hurt now."
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"When I signed up for the thought police, I didn't know it would be so damn boring."
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"As soon as one problem is solved, another rears its ugly head."
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"This artist is a deeply religious feminist and anti-smoking advocate, who made a lot of money in the computer industry before going off to paint in Paris, where she now lives with her husband and two little girls."
"I can't seem to live in the present, so I'm opting for the future as I see it."
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"Well, we're alfresco. Now what?"
"Hey, Al! What do you know about shelf life?"
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"I'd give my right arm to play the violin like you do, Mr. Bolenska."
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"The National Basketball Association is here to see you, sir."
"It's Meals-on-Wheels, Mrs. Hokenstadt."
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"What can you do with him?"
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Laughing Gull Cottage
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"But it says 'no cover'."
"You asked if I could type blood."
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"So, how's the slag heap treating you?"
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"The fact that you've rolled up your sleeves since our last talk has been noted, Parminger. However, there's still something I'd like to discuss with you."
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"Confound it, Hawkins, when I said I meant that literally, that was just a ﬁgure of speech."
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"I got the tree down, dear."
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"Chris! You've just re-written the same paper you handed in yesterday!" "Well, you said to do it over again."
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Caution Dangerous Curve Ahead
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"When Daddy says we're dead broke, he doesn't mean we're poor."
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