Dolly Quotes

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I always loved you, and if one loves anyone, one loves the whole person, just as they are and not as one would like them to be. -Dolly
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Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenin)
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Find out who you are and do it on purpose.
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Dolly Parton
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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita. Did she have a precursor? She did, indeed she did. In point of fact, there might have been no Lolita at all had I not loved, one summer, an initial girl-child. In a princedom by the sea. Oh when? About as many years before Lolita was born as my age was that summer. You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style. Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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If your actions create a legacy that inspires others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, then, you are an excellent leader.
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Dolly Parton
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She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else.
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Dolly Parton
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I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t’aimais, je t’aimais! And there were times when I knew how you felt, and it was hell to know it, my little one. Lolita girl, brave Dolly Schiller.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!
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Dolly Parton
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Nearly everything I know about love, I've learnt from my long-term friendships with women.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.
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Dolly Parton
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Its hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world.
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Dolly Parton
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Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to make a life.
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Dolly Parton
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I am always half in life, half in a fantastical version of it in my head.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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It's a good thing I was born a girl, otherwise I'd be a drag queen.
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Dolly Parton
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People always ask me how long it takes to do my hair. I don’t know, I’m never there.
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Dolly Parton
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Storms make trees take deeper roots.
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Dolly Parton
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Love is a quiet, reassuring, relaxing, pottering, pedantic, harmonious hum of a thing; something you can easily forget is there, even though its palms are outstretched beneath you in case you fall.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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The doll, Dallas. You know, Barbie doll. Jeez, didn't you ever have dollies?" "Dolls are like small dead people. I have enough dead people, thanks.
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J.D. Robb (Origin in Death (In Death, #21))
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I tried every diet in the book. I tried some that weren't in the book. I tried eating the book. It tasted better than most of the diets.
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Dolly Parton
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It costs a lot of money to look this cheap
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Dolly Parton
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I'm not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I'm not dumb - and I'm not blonde either.
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Dolly Parton
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I always just thought if you see somebody without a smile, give'em yours!
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Dolly Parton
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Because I am enough. My heart is enough. The stories and the sentences twisting around my mind are enough. I am fizzing and frothing and buzzing and exploding. I'm bubbling over and burning up. My early-morning walks and my late-night baths are enough. My loud laugh at the pub is enough. My piercing whistle, my singing in the shower, my double-jointed toes are enough. I am a just-pulled pint with a good, frothy head on it. I am my own universe; a galaxy; a solar system. I am the warm-up act, the main event, and the backing singers. And if this is it, if this is all there is- just me and the trees and the sky and the seas- I know now that that's enough.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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It is futile and knackering to try and make all your tiny choices representative of your moral compass then beat yourself up when this plan inevitably fails. Feminists can get waxed. Priests can swear. Vegetarians can wear leather shoes. Do as much good as you can. The weighty representation of the world cannot rest on every decision you make.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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When you’re looking for love and it seems like you might not ever find it, remember you probably have access to an abundance of it already, just not the romantic kind. This kind of love might not kiss you in the rain or propose marriage. But it will listen to you, inspire and restore you. It will hold you when you cry, celebrate when you’re happy, and sing All Saints with you when you’re drunk. You have so much to gain and learn from this kind of love. You can carry it with you forever. Keep it as close to you as you can.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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You’re too hard on yourself,’she said. β€˜You can do long-term love. You’ve done it better than anyone I know.’ β€˜How? My longest relationship was two years and that was over when I was twenty-four.’ β€˜I’m talking about you and me, ’she said
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know about Love: A Memoir)
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Life is a wonderful, mesmerizing, magical, fun, silly thing. And humans are astounding. We all know we’re going to die, and yet we still live. We shout and curse and care when the full bin bag breaks, yet with every minute that passes we edge closer to the end. We marvel at a nectarine sunset over the M25 or the smell of a baby’s head or the efficiency of flat-pack furniture, even though we know that everyone we love will cease to exist one day. I don’t know how we do it.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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My weaknesses have always been food and men - in that order.
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Dolly Parton
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I would like to pause the story a moment to talk about β€˜nothing will change’. I’ve heard it said to me repeatedly by women I love during my twenties when they move in with boyfriends, get engaged, move abroad, get married, get pregnant. β€˜Nothing will change.’ It drives me bananas. Everything will change. Everything will change. The love we have for each other stays the same, but the format, the tone, the regularity and the intimacy of our friendship will change for ever.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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You'll never do a whole lot unless you're brave enough to try.
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Dolly Parton
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Maybe friendship is being the guardian of another person's hope. Leave it with me and I'll look after it for a while , if it feels too heavy for now.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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To choose to love is to take a risk
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.
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Dolly Parton
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You sounded like Dolly parton on helium." (After kristy lee cook of season 7 on american idol,sang her country rendition of the Beatles'"Eight Days A Week.)
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Simon Cowell
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I leaned across the table towards the crumb-thrower. "Do that again," I said, loud enough to be heard over the opera singer, Dolly, my mother, and the smell of the breadsticks, "and I will sell your firstborn child to the devil.
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Maggie Stiefvater (Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls, #3))
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They think I’m simpleminded because I seem to be happy. Why shouldn’t I be happy? I have everything I ever wanted and more. Maybe I am simpleminded. Maybe that’s the key: simple.
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Dolly Parton (Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business)
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I was the first woman to burn my bra - it took the fire department four days to put it out.
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Dolly Parton
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When someone shows you their true colors, believe them.
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Dolly Parton (Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business)
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God is in everything I do and all my work glorifies Him.
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Dolly Parton
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The perfect man is kind, funny and generous. He bends down to say hello to dogs and puts up shelves.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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I hated lateness. Being late is a selfish habit adopted by boring people in search of a personality quirk who can't be bothered to take up an instrument
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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Smile -- it increases your face value.
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Dolly Parton
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If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.
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Dolly Parton
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I wish back then I’d known the Dolly Parton joke: β€œI’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb. And I also know that I’m not blonde.
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Britney Spears (The Woman in Me)
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Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze. Hair: brown. Lips: scarlet. Age: five thousand three hundred days. Profession: none, or "starlet" Where are you hiding, Dolores Haze? Why are you hiding, darling? (I Talk in a daze, I walk in a maze I cannot get out, said the starling). Where are you riding, Dolores Haze? What make is the magic carpet? Is a Cream Cougar the present craze? And where are you parked, my car pet? Who is your hero, Dolores Haze? Still one of those blue-capped star-men? Oh the balmy days and the palmy bays, And the cars, and the bars, my Carmen! Oh Dolores, that juke-box hurts! Are you still dancin', darlin'? (Both in worn levis, both in torn T-shirts, And I, in my corner, snarlin'). Happy, happy is gnarled McFate Touring the States with a child wife, Plowing his Molly in every State Among the protected wild life. My Dolly, my folly! Her eyes were vair, And never closed when I kissed her. Know an old perfume called Soliel Vert? Are you from Paris, mister? L'autre soir un air froid d'opera m'alita; Son fele -- bien fol est qui s'y fie! Il neige, le decor s'ecroule, Lolita! Lolita, qu'ai-je fait de ta vie? Dying, dying, Lolita Haze, Of hate and remorse, I'm dying. And again my hairy fist I raise, And again I hear you crying. Officer, officer, there they go-- In the rain, where that lighted store is! And her socks are white, and I love her so, And her name is Haze, Dolores. Officer, officer, there they are-- Dolores Haze and her lover! Whip out your gun and follow that car. Now tumble out and take cover. Wanted, wanted: Dolores Haze. Her dream-gray gaze never flinches. Ninety pounds is all she weighs With a height of sixty inches. My car is limping, Dolores Haze, And the last long lap is the hardest, And I shall be dumped where the weed decays, And the rest is rust and stardust.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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It may seem that life is difficult at times but it’s really as simple as breathing in and out,” she read. β€œRip open hearts with your fury and tear down egos with your modesty. Be the person you wish you could be, not the person you feel you are doomed to be. Let yourself run away with your feelings. You were made so that someone could love you. Let them love you.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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All the hours lost in the cul-de-sac of your head torturing yourself with all the stupid things you said and did, hating yourself for the following few days.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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You are moving out of the realm of fantasy "when I grow up" and adjusting to the reality that you're there; it's happening
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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the magic is inside you. there ain't no crystal ball
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Dolly Parton
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Sometimes my mouth is a little too big and a little too open and sounds too much like a sailor.
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Dolly Parton
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If you talk bad about country music, it's like saying bad things about my momma. Them's fightin' words
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Dolly Parton
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If I see something saggin', baggin', or draggin', I'm gone have it nipped, tucked, or sucked!
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Dolly Parton
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Cause I am strong and I can prove it And I got my dreams to see me through It's just a mountain, I can move it And with faith enough there's nothing I can't do And I can see the light of a clear blue morning And I can see the light of brand new day I can see the light of a clear blue morning And everything's gonna be all right It's gonna be okay [lyrics from "Light of a Clear Blue Morning"]
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Dolly Parton
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So much of the love you feel for a person is dependent on the vast archive of shared memories you can access just by seeing their face or hearing their voice.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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I don't know what the big deal is about old age. Old people who shine from the inside look 10 to 20 years younger.
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Dolly Parton
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Above everything else I've done, I've always said I've had more guts than I've got talent.
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Dolly Parton
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Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don't know whether you're in a trough until you're climbing out, or on a peak until you're coming down. And that's it you know, you never know what's round the corner. But it's all good. "If you want the rainbow, you've gotta put up with the rain." Do you know which "philosopher" said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she's just a big pair of tits.
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Ricky Gervais (Office, the Scripts)
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Being a heterosexual woman who loved men meant being a translator for their emotions, a palliative nurse for their pride and a hostage negotiator for their egos.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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If you see someone without a smile give them yours.
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Dolly Parton
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I would never stoop so low as to be fashionable.
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Dolly Parton
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You are the sum total of everything that has happened to you.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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Han spotted a childβ€Ÿs homespun dolly in the ditch, pressed into the mud. He reined in, meaning to climb down and fetch it so he could clean it up for his little sister. Then he remembered that Mari was dead and had no need of dollies anymore. Grief was like that. It gradually faded into a dull ache, until some simple sight or sound or scent hit him like a hammer blow.
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Cinda Williams Chima (The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, #2))
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Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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Be alone, Jen. You know how to be alone without being lonely. Do you know how rare that is? Do you know how much I wish I could do that? It’s a wonderful thing you’ve got going on there.
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Dolly Alderton (Good Material)
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Maybe you just have an unfillable void,’ he said with a gentle sigh. β€˜Maybe no man will ever be able to fill it.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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I thought of the blissful mundanity of life; of what a privilege it was to live it.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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The contents of supermarket baskets are surely evidence that none of us are coping with adulthood all that well.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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(...) maybe that’s all love is. So much is how we perceive someone and the memories we have of them, rather than the facts of who they are. Maybe instead of saying I love you we should say I imagine you.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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I hadn't ever thought that a man could love me in the same way that my friends love me; that I could love a man with the same commitment and care with which I love them. Maybe all this time I had been in a great marriage without even realising.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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Nostalgia: Greek compound combining nostos (homecoming) and Γ‘lgos (pain). The literal Greek translation for nostalgia is "pain from an old wound.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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Your life is here, now. You’re not about to live a tracing-paper copy of it.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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Back then I was still appalled that God would set down his barefoot boy and girl dollies into an Eden where, presumably, He had just turned loose elephantiasis and microbes that eat the human cornea. Now I understand, God is not just rooting for the dollies.
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Barbara Kingsolver (The Poisonwood Bible)
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I was grateful for understanding in that moment that life can really be as simple as just breathing in and out. And I was thankful to know what it was to love the person walking next to me as much as I did. So deeply, so furiously. So impossibly.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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Do you think we’d ever be friends if we met now?” β€œNo, I don’t think so.” β€œMe neither.” β€œSort of magic, isn’t it? To know that we could meet the most exciting person in the world, but they’d never be able to recreate the history you and I have. What a unique superpower we have over each other.
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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Wouldn't it be something if we could have things we love in abudance without their losing that special attraction the want of them held for us.
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Dolly Parton (Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business)
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The love we have for each other stays the same, but the format, the tone, the regularity, and the intimacy of our friendship will change forever.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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It takes a lot of time and money to look this cheap, honey,
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Dolly Parton (Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business)
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Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta. She was Lo, plain Lo, in the morning, standing four feet ten in one sock. She was Lola in slacks. She was Dolly at school. She was Dolores on the dotted line. But in my arms she was always Lolita.
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Vladimir Nabokov (Lolita)
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I make jokes about it, but it's the truth that I kind of patterned my look after the town tramp. I didn't know what she was, just this woman who was blond and piled her hair up, wore high heels and tight skirts, and, boy, she was the prettiest thing I'd ever seen. Momma used to say, "Aw, she's just trash," and I thought, That's what I want to be when I grow up. Trash.
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Dolly Parton
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Rambunctious, restless and ramshackle. Roving, raucous and rebellious. My roaming decade; my roaring twenties.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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When you are in the middle of a story it isn’t a story at all, but only a confusion; a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood; like a house in a whirlwind, or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard powerless to stop it. It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all. When you are telling it, to yourself or to someone else.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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To be a desirable womanβ€”the sky’s the limit. Have every surface of your body waxed. Have manicures every week. Wear heels every day. Look like a Victoria’s Secret Angel even though you work in an office. It’s not enough to be an average-sized woman with a bit of hair and an all-right sweater. That doesn’t cut it. We’re told we have to look like the women who are paid to look like that as their profession.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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What Do Women Want?" I want a red dress. I want it flimsy and cheap, I want it too tight, I want to wear it until someone tears it off me. I want it sleeveless and backless, this dress, so no one has to guess what's underneath. I want to walk down the street past Thrifty's and the hardware store with all those keys glittering in the window, past Mr. and Mrs. Wong selling day-old donuts in their cafΓ©, past the Guerra brothers slinging pigs from the truck and onto the dolly, hoisting the slick snouts over their shoulders. I want to walk like I'm the only woman on earth and I can have my pick. I want that red dress bad. I want it to confirm your worst fears about me, to show you how little I care about you or anything except what I want. When I find it, I'll pull that garment from its hanger like I'm choosing a body to carry me into this world, through the birth-cries and the love-cries too, and I'll wear it like bones, like skin, it'll be the goddamned dress they bury me in.
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Kim Addonizio
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Life is just a series of peaks and troughs, and you don't whether you're in a trough until you're climbing out, or on a peak until you're coming down. And that's it, you know, you never know what's round the corner. But it's all good. "If you want the rainbow you've got to put up with the rain". Do you know which "philosopher" said that? Dolly Parton. And people say she's just a big pair of tits.
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David Brent
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I gave almost all of my energy away to other people when no one had asked it of me.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love)
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It was at this time that I was reminded of the chain of support that keeps a sufferer afloat – the person at the core of a crisis needs the support of their family and best friends, while those people need support from their friends, partners and family. Then even those people twice removed might need to talk to someone about it too. It takes a village to mend a broken heart.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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Love was there in my empty bed. It was piled up in the records Lauren bought me when we were teenagers. It was in the smudged recipe cards from my mum in between the pages of cookbooks in my kitchen cabinet. Love was in the bottle of gin tied with a ribbon that India had packed me off with; in the smeary photo-strips with curled corners that would end up stuck to my fridge. It was in the note that lay on the pillow next to me, the one I would fold up and keep in the shoebox of all the other notes she had written before. I woke up safe in my one-woman boat. I was gliding into a new horizon; floating in a sea of love. There it was. Who knew? It had been there all along.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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It is, I suppose, the common grief of children at having to protect their parents from reality. It is bitter for the young to see what awful innocence adults grow into, that terrible vulnerability that must be sheltered from the rodent mire of childhood. Can we blame the child for resenting the fantasy of largeness? Big, soft arms and deep voices in the dark saying, "Tell Papa, tell Mama, and we'll make it right." The child, screaming for refuge, senses how feeble a shelter the twig hut of grown-up awareness is. They claim strength, these parents, and complete sanctuary. The weeping earth itself knows how desperate is the child's need for exactly that sanctuary. How deep and sticky is the darkness of childhood, how rigid the blades of infant evil, which is unadulterated, unrestrained by the convenient cushions of age and its civilizing anesthesia. Grownups can deal with scraped knees, dropped ice-cream cones, and lost dollies, but if they suspected the real reasons we cry they would fling us out of their arms in horrified revulsion. Yet we are small and as terrified as we are terrifying in our ferocious appetites. We need that warm adult stupidity. Even knowing the illusion, we cry and hide in their laps, speaking only of defiled lollipops or lost bears, and getting lollipop or a toy bear'd worth of comfort. We make do with it rather than face alone the cavernous reaches of our skull for which there is no remedy, no safety, no comfort at all. We survive until, by sheer stamina, we escape into the dim innocence of our own adulthood and its forgetfulness.
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Katherine Dunn (Geek Love)
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I make a point to appreciate all the little things in my life. I go out and smell the air after a good, hard rain. I re-read passages from my favorite books. I hold the little treasures that somebody special gave me. These small actions help remind me that there are so many great, glorious pieces of good in the world.
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Dolly Parton (Dream More)
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You have to take your chance, it’s not like you fall in love with someone every week. How arrogant are you, that you think you’re going to feel like this again about someone whenever you decide you’re ready, on your terms?
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Dolly Alderton (Ghosts)
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To lower your heart rate and drift off on nights when sleep feels impossible, dream of all the adventures that lie ahead of you and the distances you’ve traveled so far. Wrap your arms tightly round your body and, as you hold yourself, hold this one thought in your head: I’ve got you.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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The child, screaming for refuge, senses how feeble a shelter the twig hut of grown-up awareness is. They claim strength, these parents, and complete sanctuary. The weeping earth itself knows how desperate is the child's need for exactly that sanctuary. How deep and sticky is the darkness of childhood, how rigid the blades of infant evil, which is unadulterated, unrestrained by the convenient cushions of age and its civilizing anesthesia. Grownups can deal with scraped knees, dropped ice-cream cones, and lost dollies, but if they suspected the real reasons we cry they would fling us out of their arms in horrified revulsion. Yet we are small and as terrified as we are terrifying in our ferocious appetites.
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Katherine Dunn
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Another thing that no one tells you about drinking as you get older is that it isn’t the hangovers that become crippling, but rather the acute paranoia and dread in the sober hours of the following day that became a common feature of my mid-twenties. The gap between who you were on a Saturday night, commandeering an entire pub garden by shouting obnoxiously about how you’ve always felt you had at least three prime-time sitcom scripts in you, and who you are on a Sunday afternoon, thinking about death and worrying if the postman likes you or not, becomes too capacious.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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Lolita, luz de mi vida, fuego de mis entraΓ±as. Pecado mΓ­o, alma mΓ­a. Lo-li-ta: la punta de la lengua emprende un viaje de tres pasos paladar abajo hasta apoyarse, en el tercero, en el borde de los dientes. Lo. Li. Ta. Era Lo, sencillamente Lo, por la maΓ±ana, cuando estaba derecha, con su metro cuarenta y ocho de estatura, sobre un pie enfundado en un calcetΓ­n. Era Lola cuando llevaba puestos los pantalones. Era Dolly en la escuela. Era Dolores cuando firmaba. Pero en mis brazos fue siempre Lolita. ΒΏTuvo Lolita una precursora? Naturalmente que sΓ­. En realidad, Lolita no hubiera podido existir para mΓ­ si un verano no hubiese amado a otra niΓ±a iniciΓ‘tica. En un principado junto al mar. ΒΏCuΓ‘ndo? Aquel verano faltaban para que naciera Lolita casi tantos como los que yo tenΓ­a entonces. Pueden contar en que la prosa de los asesinos sea siempre elegante, vaya que lo sΓ©. SeΓ±oras y seΓ±ores del jurado, la prueba nΓΊmero uno es lo que los serafines, los mal informados e ingenuos Γ‘ngeles de majestuosas alas, envidiaron. Contemplen esta maraΓ±a de espinas.
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Vladimir Nabokov
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But I feel more powerful than ever. And more peaceful too. I am living more truthfully than I’ve ever lived. I may not be the exact portrait of womanhood that my teenage self envisaged (sophisticated and slim; wearing black dresses and drinking martinis and meeting men at book launches and exhibition openings). I may not have all the exact things I thought I’d have at thirty. Or all the things I’ve been told I should have. But I feel content; grateful for every morning that I wake up with another day on this earth and another chance to do good and feel good and make others feel good too.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: A Memoir)
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I have nothing to make me miserable," she said, getting calmer; "but can you understand that everything has become hateful, loathsome, coarse to me, and I myself most of all? You can't imagine what loathsome thoughts I have about everything." "Why, whatever loathsome thoughts can you have?" asked Dolly, smiling. "The most utterly loathsome and coarse; I can't tell you. It's not unhappiness, or low spirits, but much worse. As though everything that was good in me was all hidden away, and nothing was left but the most loathsome.
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Leo Tolstoy (Anna Karenina)
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Because I am enough. My heart is enough. The stories and the sentences twisting around my mind are enough. I am fizzing and frothing and buzzing and exploding. I'm bubbling over and burning up. My early-morning walks and my late-night baths are enough. My loud laugh at the pub is enough. My piercing whistle, my singing in the shower, my double-jointed toes are enough. I am a just-pulled pint with a good, frothy heard on it. I am my own universe; a galaxy; a solar system. I am the warm-up act, the main event, and the backing singers. And if this is it, if this is all there is- just me and the trees and the sky and the seas- I know now that that's enough.
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Dolly Alderton
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My friends, quite rightly, thought I was insane to have become so quickly obsessed with someone I didn’t know. But they were also used to it – me finding a new love interest had always been like a greedy child opening a toy on Christmas Day. I ripped the packaging open, got frustrated trying to make it work, played with it obsessively until it broke, then chucked the broken pieces of plastic in the back of a cupboard on Boxing Day.
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Dolly Alderton (Everything I Know About Love: Now a Major BBC One Series)
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Getting dumped is never really about getting dumped.' 'What is it about, then?' I ask. 'It's about every rejection you've ever experienced in your entire life. It's about the kids at school who called you names. And the parent who never came back. And the girls who wouldn't dance with you at the disco. And the school girlfriend who wanted to be single when she went to uni. And any criticism at work. When someone says they don't want to be with you, you feel the pain of every single one of those times in life where you felt like you weren't good enough. You live through all of it again.' 'I don't know how to get over it, Mum,' I say. 'At this point I'm so tired of myself. I don't know how to let go of her.' 'You don't let go once. That's your first mistake. You say goodbye over a lifetime. You might not have thought about her for ten years, then you'll hear a song or you'll walk past somewhere you once went together - something will come to the surface that you'd totally forgotten about. And you say another goodbye. You have to be prepared to let go and let go and let go a thousand times.' 'Does it get easier?' 'Much,' she says.
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Dolly Alderton (Good Material)