"I'm sorry, I didn't hear what you said. I was listening to my body."
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"Dinner was absolutely delicious, and thanks again for the bombers."
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"She's promiscuous. She's in five book groups."
"Do you think of yourself as a spiritual person?"
"We're still getting used to feeling patriotic."
"Whatever you do, please don't edit yourself."
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"I've bought home some work, which I'll be doing in my study. See you in the morning. Good night."
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"He's either Upstairs at the Downstairs or Downstairs at the Upstairs, but anyway he's a scream."
"What might you have written that I might say I've read?"
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"Funny, you don't look hawkish."
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"Donald is an appendicitis survivor, too."
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"Ben is my given name, and E-Z Stomper is my street name."
"So - how long have you lived in New York?"
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"Who am I to question our government's policies? I'll tell you who I am! I'm Bernard A. Nesbitt, who reads the 'Times,' the 'Wall Street Journal,' the 'Post,' 'Newsweek,' 'Time,' 'Business Week,' 'U.S.News & World Report,' 'Look,' 'Life,' and 'Saturday Evening Post.' That's who I am!"
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"You look good, Al, in a midlife-crisis-y sort of way."
"Neil, here, is a retired Army general who has been on Ted Koppel a lot recently, shooting his mouth off."
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Small Talk Outlet
"Have you met my backstory?"
"So, how long have you been old?"
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Conversation Starter Kit
Conversation Starter Kit
"Relax. You're a famous author - no one expects you to talk about anything other than yourself."
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"Natalie tells me you're the one who makes all the fog happen in 'Phantom'."
"Virginia Woolf meets 'Car Talk.'"
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