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"Have you consider the possibility that I don't want the paper?"
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'In an effort to make this sales meeting more pleasant, I have taken the liberty of rotating our sales graph counter clockwise a full ninety degrees,'
"I always lived vicariously. Why can't I die vicariously?"
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'You can't just float through life, and never deal with the issues.'
'We want you to stop reporting on a need-to-know basis, Childers, and start reporting on a want-to-hear basis.'
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'Come now, Dr Faustus. Selling one's soul to the devil is a textbook example of avoidance behaviour.'
"If that's my matching sock, I'm not here."
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"Would you get up already - the meeting's in five minutes and play dead's not going to work again."
"Tell him I'm not in."
'Look, I'm not going to keep offering you last meals indefinitely.'
"My head hurts but only when I do homework."
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"He's not comfortable with confrontation...So he tries to find forms of 'feedback' that he finds less stressful."
'No way I'm going to your cousin's wedding. It can't be that hard to come up with an excuse. After all, we are a couple of weasels.'
'You know, Charlene, I never believe it when a woman says she can't go out with me because's staying in to wash her hair, but your story has the ring of truth. Have fun washing your beret tonight.'
'Three days, four different avoidance routines.'
"I have done nothing wrong. It was an error of judgement."
"I don't know how to tell you this to your face, so I'm texting you."
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"I'm away from my desk or on another line. Please leave a message at the sound of my impersonation of a beep."
'Come on. We all played a part in this. We all need to face the consequences.'
Bob always went above and beyond the call of duty - hoping someone else would answer it.
Bob would go to any lengths to avoid public speaking.
"We've been avoiding it for way to long. We really need to have a face-to-face text."
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'Oh Charles! I didn't think you were in. I have something important to tell you and I wanted to leave a message.'
"I was going to retire, but the thought of spending more time with my family changed my mind."