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"Of course you have strengths, dear. It's just that you don't communicate them."
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"I certainly admire the way you've refused to let success undermine your femininity."
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"I've decided to write my autobiography – would you mind if I mentioned you?"
"I'm serious-you could really pursue this as an embarrassing hobby."
"I'm sure there are thousands of men I could be just as happy with, Greg, but I'm with you!"
Bartlett's Expanded Quotations
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"I don't like you, but I like the idea of you."
Strange Aftertaste birthday cards.
"Call me 'crazy' but I feel exactly the same way."
"You're really light on your feet for a dog."
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"I often speak of you guys but I make you taller and give Melanie huge breasts."
"I was I had a house like yours so I could do something nice with it."
"The congregation wants you to know we think you have a very nice speaking voice..."
"Is that 'good reptilian' or 'bad reptilian'?"
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"O.K., your mouth may be clean but I'll bet your mind is filthy."
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"Mary, will you stop this insecure nonsense? I didn't say Gladys was superior to you in any way. I only said I was in love with her, for God's sake."
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"It's better than my mother's cooking but not as good as my first wife's."
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"You're the perfect storm. . . in a teacup."
"You must be patient, Mrs. Wast fall. Rome wasn't built in a day, you know."
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"By the way, hon, great food, great wine, great you."
"It's certainly refreshing to meet someone sixty years old who looks sixty years old."
"I love your novel, and I feel that it would make excellent nesting material."
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“Yes, sir, Ira, considering that you share eight percent of your genes with the common flatworm, you’ve done all right.”
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"That was a brilliant observation, but it was poorly phrased."