Elaine Quotes

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You know how sometimes you lie in bed at night and think, β€œWhat if the law of gravity just wears out and lets go and I drift into space?” Does that ever make you anxious?
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Elaine May
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You backbiting, poisonous, treacherous, deceitful, wicked, clever girl. If this works I'll buy you a pony.
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Jim Butcher (Summer Knight (The Dresden Files, #4))
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Elaine: Ugh, I hate people. Jerry: Yeah, they're the worst.
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Jerry Seinfeld
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I believe everything happens for a reason. Whether it is decided by the Mother, or the Cauldron, or some sort of tapestry of Fate, I don't know. I don't really care. But I am grateful for it, whatever it is. Grateful that it brought you all into my life. If it hadn't... I might have become as awful as that prick we're going to face today. If I had not met an Illyrian warrior-in-training," he said to Cassian, "I would not have known the true depths of strength, of resilience, of honor and loyalty." Cassian's eyes gleamed bright. Rhys said to Azriel, "If I had not met a shadowsinger, I would not have known that it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters. I would not have known what it is to truly hope, even when the world tells you to despair." Azriel bowed his head in thanks. Mor was already crying when Rhys spoke to her. "If I had not met my cousin, I would neer have learned that light can be found in even the darkest of hells. That kidness can thrive even amongst cruelty." She wiped away her teas as she nodded. I waited for Amren to offer a retort. But she was only waiting. Rhys bowed his head to her. "If I had not met a tiny monster who hoards jewels more fiercely than a firedrake..." A quite laugh from all of us at that. Rhys smiled softly. "My own power would have consumed me long ago." Rhys squeezed my hand as he looked to me at last. "And if I had not met my mate..." His words failed him as silver lined his eyes. He said down the bond, I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have... The wait was worth it. He wiped away the tears sliding down my face. "I believe that everything happened, exactly the way it had to... so I could find you." He kissed another tear away.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3))
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The only safe thing is to take a chance.
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Elaine May
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Sure, we'd faced some things as children that a lot of kids don't. Sure, Justin had qualified for his Junior de Sade Badge in his teaching methods for dealing with pain. We still hadn't learned, though, that growing up is all about getting hurt. And then getting over it. You hurt. You recover. You move on. Odds are pretty good you're just going to get hurt again. But each time, you learn something. Each time, you come out of it a little stronger, and at some point you realize that there are more flavors of pain than coffee. There's the little empty pain of leaving something behind - gradutaing, taking the next step forward, walking out of something familiar and safe into the unknown. There's the big, whirling pain of life upending all of your plans and expecations. There's the sharp little pains of failure, and the more obscure aches of successes that didn't give you what you thought they would. There are the vicious, stabbing pains of hopes being torn up. The sweet little pains of finding others, giving them your love, and taking joy in their life they grow and learn. There's the steady pain of empathy that you shrug off so you can stand beside a wounded friend and help them bear their burdens. And if you're very, very lucky, there are a very few blazing hot little pains you feel when you realized that you are standing in a moment of utter perfection, an instant of triumph, or happiness, or mirth which at the same time cannot possibly last - and yet will remain with you for life. Everyone is down on pain, because they forget something important about it: Pain is for the living. Only the dead don't feel it. Pain is a part of life. Sometimes it's a big part, and sometimes it isn't, but either way, it's a part of the big puzzle, the deep music, the great game. Pain does two things: It teaches you, tells you that you're alive. Then it passes away and leaves you changed. It leaves you wiser, sometimes. Sometimes it leaves you stronger. Either way, pain leaves its mark, and everything important that will ever happen to you in life is going to involve it in one degree or another.
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Jim Butcher
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Elain had always been gentle and sweetβ€”and I had considered it a different sort of strength. A better strength. To look at the hardness of the world and choose, over and over, to love, to be kind. She had been always so full of light. Perhaps
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3))
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Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force.
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Elaine Maxwell
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It's already ended badly. Now it's just a matter of deciding how we meet the consequences.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3))
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to have great pain is to have certainty; to hear that another person has pain is to have doubt.
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Elaine Scarry (The Body in Pain: The Making and Unmaking of the World)
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All virtues have a shadow.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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The philosopher Elaine Scarry has observed that "beauty always takes place in the particular." Cruelty, on the other hand, prefers abstraction.
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Jonathan Safran Foer (Eating Animals)
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But Elain said, β€œI went into the Cauldron, too, you know. And it captured me. And yet somehow all you think of is what my trauma did to you.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4))
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I am deeply moved by things. I’d hate to miss the intense joy of that.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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Elaine: He saved my life twice. He's the only grown-up I know who keeps his promises. Michael: Yes. It is a point of pride with him. But please β€” don't mistake it for a virtue.
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Mike Carey (Lucifer, Vol. 2: Children and Monsters)
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If Elain's mental gates were those of a sleeping garden, Nesta's...They belonged to an ancient fortress, sharp and brutal. The sort I imagined they once impaled people upon.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3))
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when the world tells you to shrink, expand.
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Elaine Welteroth (More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say))
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HSPs make such good targets because we react so strongly.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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...there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don't really have to do. Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.
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Elaine St. James (Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More)
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I always expect people to behave much better than I do. When they actually behave worse, I am frankly incredulous.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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You're still lovely," Mor said a bit gently. Elain offered a half smile. "I suppose that war makes wanting things like that unimportant." Mor was quiet for a heartbeat. "Perhaps. But you should not let war steal it from you regardless.
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Sarah J. Maas
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That's my answer to the question what is your strongest emotion, if you ever want to ask me: Curiosity, old bean. Curiosity every time.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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It's amazing how right you can be about a person you don't know; it's only the people you do know who confuse you.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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We are a package deal, however. Our trait of sensitivity means we will also be cautious, inward, needing extra time alone. Because people without the trait (the majority) do not understand that, they see us as timid, shy, weak, or that greatest sin of all, unsociable. Fearing these labels, we try to be like others. But that leads to our becoming overaroused and distressed. Then that gets us labeled neurotic or crazy, first by others and then by ourselves.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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How one walks through the world, the endless small adjustments of balance, is affected by the shifting weights of beautiful things.
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Elaine Scarry
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Make good boundaries your goal. They are your right, your responsibility, your greatest source of dignity.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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But, I believe," I continue, "I know what true love is - or what it should be." "What should it be?" Tristan asks, his voice soft now. "It should be a friendship and truly knowing who a person is, knowing his flaws and hopes and strengths and fears, knowing all of it. And admiring and caring for - loving the person because of those things.
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Lisa Ann Sandell (Song of the Sparrow)
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Even a moderate and familiar stimulation, like a day at work, can cause an HSP to need quiet by evening.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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Whatever the times, suffering eventually touches every life. How we live with it, and help others to, is one of the great creative and ethical opportunities
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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The world is wide, wide, wide, and I am young, young, young, and we’re all going to live forever!
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.
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Elaine S. Dalton
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When we give children advice or instant solutions, we deprive them of the experience that comes from wrestling with their own problems.
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Adele Faber (How To Talk So Kids Will Listen (Participant's Workbook))
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But his heart had been made as a match for Elaine's, and now it was unable to bear the burden which hers had been forced to lay down.
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T.H. White (The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4))
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You're still lovely," Mor said a bit gently. Elain offered a half smile. "I suppose that war makes wanting things like that unimportant." Mor was quiet for a heartbeat. "Perhaps. But you should not let war steal it from you regardless.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3))
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When your dreams are bigger than the places you find yourself in, sometimes you need to seek out your own reminders that there is more. And there is always more waiting for you on the other side of fear.
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Elaine Welteroth (More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say))
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I smiled at the thought - at how handsome they would be together. If the warrior ever stopped loving Mor. I doubted it. Azriel would likely love More until he was a whisper of darkness between the stars.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2))
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You were born to be among the advisors and thinkers, the spiritual and moral leaders for your society. There is every reason for pride.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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There is no glory in a grind that literally grinds you down to dust.
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Elaine Welteroth (More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say))
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Slowly, a gentle, quiet, personal victory of the spirit grows out of her fear and doubt.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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Baggage means no matter how far you go, no matter how many times you immigrate, there are countries in you you’ll never leave
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Elaine Castillo (America Is Not the Heart)
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What’s the use of remembering anything? If it was unpleasant it was unpleasant and if it was pleasant it’s over.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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A teacher of meditation once told the story of a man who wanted nothing to do with the stress of life, so he retreated to a cave to meditate day and night for the rest of his life. But soon he came out again, driven to overwhelming distress by the sound of the dripping of water in his cave. The moral is that, at least to some extent, the stresses will always be there,
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.
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Insights from the Secret Teachings of Jesus: The Gospel of Thomas
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Many gnostics, on the contrary, insisted that ignorance, not sin, is what involves a person in suffering.
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Elaine Pagels (The Gnostic Gospels (Modern Library 100 Best Nonfiction Books))
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The vehemence of my moral indignation surprised me. Was I beginning to have standards and principles, and, oh dear, scruples? What were they, and what would I do with them, and how much were they going to get in my way?
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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I don't always understand other people's motives. I will repeat that for my own benefit, if you don't mind. I don't always understand other people's motives.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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Finally, being sensitive to the discomfort, disapproval, or anger of others probably made you quick to follow every rule as perfectly as possible, afraid to make a mistake.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness.
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Elaine Castillo (America Is Not the Heart)
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What I know now is that when we derive our worth from the relationships in our livesβ€”the intimate ones, the social circles we belong to, the companies we work forβ€”we give away our power and become dependent upon external validation. When that is taken away, our sense of value, and identity, goes with it.
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Elaine Welteroth (More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say))
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I felt, more than saw, my sister go still as he approached. Her throat bobbed. β€œAre you just going to hold that chicken all night?” Cassian asked me from the table. Scowling, I stomped toward him, plunking the platter onto the wooden surface. β€œI spat in it,” I said sweetly. β€œMakes it all the more delicious,” Cassian crooned, smiling right back. Rhys snickered, drinking deeply from his wine. But I strode to my seatβ€”nestled between Amren and Morβ€”in time to see Elain say to Azriel, β€œHello.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.5))
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This willingness continually to revise one's own location in order to place oneself in the path of beauty is the basic impulse underlying education. One submits oneself to other minds (teachers) in order to increase the chance that one will be looking in the right direction when a comet makes its sweep through a certain patch of sky.
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Elaine Scarry (On Beauty and Being Just)
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You are sunshine and moonlight, laughter and joy, a life lived entirely without fear. You heard the call of a dream and made it a reality. You are everything I believed I was fighting for all those years.
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Elaine Levine (The Edge of Courage (Red Team, #1))
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We are forced to make choices and set priorities, but being very conscientious, HSPs often put themselves last. Or at least we give ourselves no more time off or opportunity to learn new skills than anyone else. In fact, however, we need more.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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Beauty always takes place in the particular.
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Elaine Scarry
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If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world
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Elaine S. Dalton
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The universe will use any vehicle and any medium to communicate with us. Our job is to be alert and to listen.
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Elaine Seiler
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If you have any doubts that we live in a society controlled by men, try reading down the index of contributors to a volume of quotations, looking for women's names.
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Elaine Gill
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I love you. If you hadn't existed I would have had to invent you.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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There was a tiny box left on the table by the window- a box the Mor lifted, squinted and the name tag, and said, "Az, this one's for you." The shadowsinger's brows lifted, but his scarred hand extended to take the present. Elain turned from where she'd been speaking to Nesta. "Oh, that's from me." Azriel's face didn't so much as shift at the words. Not even a smile as he opened the present and revealed- "I had Madja make it for me," Elain explained. Azreil's brows narrowed at the mention of the family's preferred healer. "It's a powder to mix in with any drink." Silence. Elain bit her lip and then smiled sheepishly. "It's for the headaches everyone always gives you. Since you rub your temples so often." Silence again. Then Azriel tipped his head back and laughted.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.5))
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Raining. Oh, brother, a scratch on the fender. Damn rabbi on his unicycle. Wait a minute, where are my car keys? Could have sworn I left them in this pocket. No, just some loose change and ticket stubs from the all-black version of Elaine Stritch’ s one-woman show. Did I check my desk? Better go back inside. What’s in the top drawer here? Hmm. Envelopes, my paper clips, a loaded revolver in case the tenant in 2A begins yodelling again.
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Woody Allen
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Mor opened her mouth, laughter dancing on her face, but Elain asked, β€œCould you have done it? Decided to take a male form?” The question cut through the laughter, an arrow fired between us. Amren studied my sister, Elain’s cheeks red from our unfiltered talk at the table. β€œYes,” she said simply. β€œBefore, in my other form, I was neither. I simply was.” β€œThen why did you pick this body?” Elain asked, the faelight of the chandelier catching in the ripples of her golden-brown braid. β€œI was more drawn to the female form,” Amren answered simply. β€œI thought it was more symmetrical. It pleased me.” Mor frowned down at her own form, ogling her considerable assets. β€œTrue.” Cassian snickered.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.5))
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Then, for no reason I could tell you, I tossed the spool again, even though Elaine had asked me not to. Maybe only because, in a way, him chasing a spool was like old people having their slow and careful version of sex - you might not want to watch it , you who are young and convinced that, when it comes to old age, an exception will be made in your case, but they still want to do it.
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Stephen King (The Green Mile)
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A hectic schedule is a lifestyle choice . . .
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Elaine St. James
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There is something about just setting the pen to paper that lifts me and helps to focus my energy and thoughts.
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Susan Elaine Jenkins
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It's amazing how right you can sometimes be about a person you don't know; it's only the people you do know who confuse you.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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Spend enough time putting yourself out there in the worldβ€”your sensitivity is not something to be feared.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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Being highly sensitive does not at all rule out being, in your own way, a tenacious survivor.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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Frequently, walking down the streets in Paris alone, I've suddenly come upon myself in a store window grinning foolishly away at the thought that no one in the world knew where I was at just that moment.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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There is a common misunderstanding that emotions cause us to think illogically But recent scientific thinking, reviewed by psychologist Roy Baumeister and his colleagues, has placed emotion at the center of wisdom. One reason is that most emotion is felt after an event, which apparently serves to help us remember what happened and learn from it. The more upset we are by a mistake, the more we think about it and will be able to avoid it the next time. The more delighted we are by a success, the more we think and talk about it and how we did it, causing us to be more likely to be able to repeat it.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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...Gabrielle and Elaine seemed to hit it off by talking books β€” something trending about a very young billionaire and his obsession with an even younger woman...and sex. Lots of erotic sex scenes in the book like apparently on every page...Who has time? Why even read about sex in a book when you can have it instead? I don't get that. And billionaires in their twenties? I mentally shook my head and pretended to care. I'm such a bastard.
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Raine Miller
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Oh, Teddy, darling, thank you, thank you, for restoring my cynicism. I was too young to lose it.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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Beauty brings copies of itself into being.
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Elaine Scarry (On Beauty and Being Just)
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You're looking at a man without a heart. It belongs to you now. Keep it or throw it away--do what you will with it. I can never take it back." -The Edge Of Courage
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Elaine Levine
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Libraries are forever.
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Elaine Svenonius (The Intellectual Foundation of Information Organization (Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing))
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May your song guide you home.
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Sophia Elaine Hanson (Vinyl (Vinyl #1))
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Extremely intense love is often rejected by the beloved just because it is so demanding and unrealistic.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person in Love: Understanding and Managing Relationships When the World Overwhelms You)
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I had no technique for dealing with him: only an overpowering, unnerving, irrational, chemical desire to be with him.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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What is clear is that meaning may not be something we find. We found no meaning in our son's death, or in the deaths of countless others. The most we could hope was that we might be able to create meaning.
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Elaine Pagels (Why Religion?: A Personal Story)
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She'd be split apart, never certain if the submissive and docile figure in the mirror was a reflection of who she really was, or the ghostly effect of someone telling her her entire life: this is who you are, this is all you can ever be.
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Elaine Hsieh Chou (Disorientation)
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Now here's the heavy irony. So I went back to New York to become a librarian. To actually seek out this thing I've been fleeing all my life. and (here it comes): a librarian is just not that easy to become...Apparently there's a whole filing system and annotating system and stamping system and God knows what you have to learn before you qualify.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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Nesta was sprawled upon the stones. I knew that she was different. From however Elain had been Made… Nesta was different. Even before she took her first breath, I felt it. As if the Cauldron in making her … had been forced to give more than it wanted. As if Nesta had fought even after she went under, and had decided that if she was to be dragged into hell, she was taking that Cauldron with her.
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2))
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The point is best made by Aristotle, who supposedly asked, β€œWould you rather be a happy pig or an unhappy human?” HSPs prefer the good feeling of being very conscious, very human, even if what we are conscious of is not always cause for rejoicing.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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It's just that I know the world is so wide and full of people and exciting things that I just go crazy every day stuck in these institutions. I mean if I don't get started soon, how will I get the chance to sharpen my wits? It takes lots of training. You have to start very young.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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[T]he question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don’t we all anyway; might as well get paid for it.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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It's difficult to explain, but I just somehow feel that I never really *have* lived; that I never really will live--exist or whatever--in the sense that other people do. It drives me crazy. I was terribly aware of it all those nights waiting for you in the Ritz bar looking around at what seemed to be real grown-up lives. I just find everybody else's life surrounded by plate glass. I mean I'd like to break through it just once and actually touch one.
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Elaine Dundy (The Dud Avocado)
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Whatever pain achieves, it achieves in part through its unsharability, and it ensures this unsharability through its resistance to language. β€œEnglish,” writes Virginia Woolf, β€œwhich can express the thoughts of Hamlet and the tragedy of Lear has no words for the shiver or the headache.” … Physical pain does not simply resist language but actively destroys it.
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Elaine Scarry
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HSPs tend to fill that advisor role. We are the writers, historians, philosophers, judges, artists, researchers, theologians, therapists, teachers, parents, and plain conscientious citizens. What we bring to any of these roles is a tendency to think about all the possible effects of an idea. Often we have to make ourselves unpopular by stopping the majority from rushing ahead. Thus, to perform our role well, we have to feel very good about ourselves. We have to ignore all the messages from the warriors that we are not as good as they are. The warriors have their bold style, which has its value. But we, too, have our style and our own important contribution to make.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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[W]hat is always overlooked is that although the poor want to be rich, it does not follow that they either like the rich or that they in any way want to emulate their characters which, in fact, they despise. Both the poor and the rich have always found precisely the same grounds on which to complain about each other. Each feels the other has no manners, is disloyal, corrupt, insensitive - and has never put in an honest day's work in its life.
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Elaine Dundy (Elvis and Gladys)
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My will shall shape the future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force. I can clear any obstacle before me or I can be lost in the maze. My choice, my responsibility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny.
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Elaine Maxwell
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I realized that if we aren't vigilant, we can move through our entire lives feeling smaller than we actually areβ€”by playing it safe, by unconsciously giving away our power, by dimming our radiance, by not recognizing there is always so much more waiting for us on the other side of fear.
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Elaine Welteroth (More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say))
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Wait,” I repeated. The darkness vanished, leaving Rhysand in his solid form as he grinned. β€œYes?” I raised my chin as high as I could manage. β€œJust two weeks?” β€œJust two weeks,” he purred, and knelt before me. β€œTwo teensy, tiny weeks with me every month is all I ask.” β€œWhy? And what are to … to be the terms?” I said, fighting past the dizziness. β€œAh,” he said, adjusting the lapel of his obsidian tunic. β€œIf I told you those things, there’d be no fun in it, would there?” I looked at my ruined arm. Lucien might never come, might decide I wasn’t worth risking his life any further, not now that he’d been punished for it. And if Amarantha’s healers cut off my arm … Nesta would have done the same for me, for Elain. And Tamlin had done so much for me, for my family; even if he had lied about the Treaty, about sparing me from its terms, he’d still saved my life that day against the naga, and saved it again by sending me away from the manor. I couldn’t think entirely of the enormity of what I was about to giveβ€”or else I might refuse again. I met Rhysand’s gaze. β€œFive days.” β€œYou’re going to bargain?” Rhysand laughed under his breath. β€œTen days.” I held his stare with all my strength. β€œA week.” Rhysand was silent for a long moment, his eyes traveling across my body and my face before he murmured: β€œA week it is.” β€œThen it’s a deal
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Sarah J. Maas (A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1))
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In short, you do not have to take the job that will create excessive stress and overarousal. Someone else will take it and flourish in it. You do not have to work long hours. Indeed, it may be your duty to work shorter ones. It may not be best to advertise it, but keeping yourself healthy and in your right range of arousal is the first condition for helping others.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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Once your words fly out of your mouth, you sometimes can't control whether they fly straight or crooked, Grandma Augustine says. "They can get bent in the strangest ways." Grandma Augustine says that the only way to straighten out bad words is to keep making good ones until you say what you need to say to who you need to say it to.
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Lori Aurelia Williams (When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune)
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When artists bemoan the rise of political correctness in our cultural discourse, what they’re really bemoaning is the rise of this unexpected reader. They’re bemoaning the arrival of someone who does not read them the way they expectβ€”often demandβ€”to be read; often someone who has been framed in their work and in their lives as an object, not as a subject.
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Elaine Castillo (How to Read Now)
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Sometimes people with our trait are said to be less happy or less capable of happiness. Of course, we can seem unhappy and moody, at least to non-HSPs, because we spend so much time thinking about things like the meaning of life and death and how complicated everything isβ€”not black-and-white thoughts at all. Since most non-HSPs do not seem to enjoy thinking about such things, they assume we must be unhappy doing all that pondering. And
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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He was standing in the Inner Court, shouting for his enemy. When Guenever saw him, and he saw her, the electric message went between their eyes before they spoke a word. It was as if Elaine and the whole Quest for the Grail had never been. So far as we can make it out, she had accepted her defeat. He must have seen in her eyes that she had given in to him, that she was prepared to leave him to be himself-to love God, and to do whatever he pleased-so long as he was only Lancelot. she was serene and sane again. she had renounced her possessive madness and was joyful to see him living, whatever he did. They were young creatures-the same creatures whose eyes had met with the almost forgotten click of magnets in the smoky Hall of Camelot so long ago. And, in truly yielding, she had won the battle by mistake.
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T.H. White (The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4))
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Oddly, I had never thought of myself as a feminist. I had been denounced by certain radical feminist collectives as a β€˜lackey’ for men. That charge was based on my having written and sung two albums of songs that my female accusers claimed elevated and praised men. Resenting that label, I had joined the majority of black women in America in denouncing feminism… . The feminists were right. The value of my life had been obliterated as much by being female as by being black and poor. Racism and sexism in America were equal partners in my oppression.
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Elaine Brown (A TASTE OF POWER)
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Even without overt sexual abuse, all young women are known to experience a descent into low self-esteem at puberty, probably as they realize their role as sexual objects. The highly sensitive girl will sense all the implications even more and make self-protection a higher priority. Some overeat to become unattractive, some overstudy or overtrain so they have no free time, some pick one boy early and hang on to him for protection.
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person: How to Thrive When the World Overwhelms You)
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In my opinion, all HSPs are gifted because of their trait itself. But some are unusually so. Indeed, one reason for the idea of β€œliberated” HSPs was the seemingly odd mixture of traits emerging from study after study of gifted adults: impulsivity, curiosity, the strong need for independence, a high energy level, along with introversion, intuitiveness, emotional sensitivity, and nonconformity. Giftedness in the workplace, however, is tricky to handle. First, your originality can become a particular problem when you must offer your ideas in a group situation. Many organizations stress group problem solving just because it brings out the ideas in people like you, which are then tempered by others. The difficulty arises when everyone proposes ideas and yours seem so obviously better to
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Elaine N. Aron (The Highly Sensitive Person)
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You already know that the first thing that makes you foreign to a place is to be born poor in it; you don't need to emigrate to America to feel what you already felt when you were ten, looking up at the rickety concrete roof above your head and knowing that one more bad typhoon would bring it down to crush your bones and the bones of all your siblings sleeping next to you; or selling fruit by the side of the road to people who made sure to never really look at you, made sure not to touch your hands when they put the money in it. You've been foreign all your life. When you finally leave, all you're hoping for is a more bearable kind of foreignness.
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Elaine Castillo (America Is Not the Heart)