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"Maybe I don't like stunning debuts."
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"I've been called 'most probably a genius.'"
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"Any plaudits for me while I was out, Miss Jenkins?"
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"Great news! Your novel is in a medium-size pile in the middle of the floor about four feet from the left side of Oprah's assistant's desk."
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School children looking at different careers from magazine covers, each involving celebrity status.
That special place in heaven reserved for undiscovered composers, writers and artists.
"I'm looking for a spellbinding tour de force, although I'd settle for a high-spirited romp."
"An 'audit'? I thought you said 'plaudit'."
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'I was the first in my family to stab a guy 374 times with a knife, but do you think my folks ever praised me for that? Nope! Nada!'
'My thanks go first to the Nobel Committee for this great honor, and to my son who encouraged me to keep my mind agile with word games, and puzzles.'
'The Ubangi were so remote I was the first white man they's ever seen - apart from Bono.'
'That's a bit rich: This guy reaches the pole once and makes front page! I've done it hundreds of times!'
'Mummy Mummy, the dog told me the Farmer's kids are leaving a glass of your milk for Santa!'