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  • I know my strengths. Painfully aware of the weaknesses. There's many. I love sports. So working towards a common goal, that's exciting to me. -- Kathy Ireland
  • Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way. -- Michael Crichton
  • I know this sounds strange, but as a kid, I was really shy. Painfully shy. The turning point was freshman year, when I was the biggest geek alive. No one, I mean no one, even talked to me. -- Jim Carrey
  • As a child, I was very shy. Painfully, excruciatingly shy. I hid a lot in my room. I was so terrified to read out loud in school that I had to have my mother ask my reading teacher not to call on me in class. -- Kim Basinger
  • My mom is painfully sweet; she's from Nebraska. -- Gabrielle Union
  • Everything was coming my way, but I was going down. I was painfully empty. -- Lorraine Bracco
  • The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop, as many Americans have painfully learned. -- William Greider
  • Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. -- Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • You might as well enjoy the day - you never know when and how painfully it could all end. -- Henry Rollins
  • Liberalism is, I think, resurgent. One reason is that more and more people are so painfully aware of the alternative. -- John Kenneth Galbraith
  • I felt so painfully isolated that I vowed I would get revenge on the world by becoming a famous cartoonist. -- Robert Crumb
  • The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday. -- Theodor Adorno
  • If I kind of like a guy, then I'm a fantastic flirt. But with a guy I truly like, I get painfully shy. -- Shannen Doherty
  • If we win, someone else loses. But if someone else loses, we lose. Which is a point we're not getting. The new spirituality will make this just painfully obvious. -- Neale Donald Walsch
  • We forget just how painfully dim the world was before electricity. A candle, a good candle, provides barely a hundredth of the illumination of a single 100 watt light bulb. -- Bill Bryson
  • Globalisation has made us more vulnerable. It creates a world without borders, and makes us painfully aware of the limitations of our present instruments, and of politics, to meet its challenges. -- Anna Lindh
  • My father suffered much and toiled painfully all his life, for he had no resources other than the proceeds of his trade from which to support himself and his wife and family. -- Albrecht Durer
  • I have a to-do list and I have a farm I care for, and things I like to do for fun - going to movies and all that stuff. It's a painfully normal life! -- Brad Paisley
  • The need for a non-veteran reserve became painfully obvious in the Korean war when many of the men who were being called to serve were World War II veterans participating in Ready Reserve units. -- J. Anthony Lukas
  • A man has no religion who has not slowly and painfully gathered one together, adding to it, shaping it; and one's religion is never complete and final, it seems, but must always be undergoing modification. -- D. H. Lawrence
  • For all their expertise at figuring out how things work, technical people are often painfully aware how much of human behavior is a mystery. People do things for unfathomable reasons. They are opaque even to themselves. -- Gary Wolf
  • Because Iranians have had to fight so long and painfully for political freedom, they have a deep appreciation for its value - perhaps deeper than many in the West who take their electoral rights for granted. -- Stephen Kinzer
  • As the First World War made painfully clear, when politicians and generals lead nations into war, they almost invariably assume swift victory, and have a remarkably enduring tendency not to foresee problems that, in hindsight, seem obvious. -- Adam Hochschild
  • Eye-popping tales of growing income inequality are hardly new. By now, nearly every American must be painfully aware of the widening pay gap between top executives and shop floor laborers; between 'Master of the Universe' financiers and pretty much everyone else. -- Steven Rattner
  • Truth is mysterious, elusive, always to be conquered. Liberty is dangerous, as hard to live with as it is elating. We must march toward these two goals, painfully but resolutely, certain in advance of our failings on so long a road. -- Albert Camus
  • I definitely rediscovered reading for pleasure by devoting such a large swath of my time to sitting on airplanes. I am now painfully adept at removing my shoes so as to have the least amount of foot surface area touching an airport floor. -- Sloane Crosley
  • Perhaps the biggest myth about cynicism is that it deepens with age. I think what really happens is that experience painfully rips away layers of scales from our eyes, and so we do indeed become more cynical about many of the things we naively accepted when younger. -- Julian Baggini
  • I like to be loved by my children, and I quite like the 'Guardian' hating me. I like it when I read they want me to die painfully. Then I think I've really got under their skin. It's like annoying a teacher. Once they've shown signs of weakness, you really can go for them. -- Jeremy Clarkson
  • I'm painfully middle class. -- Valerie Harper
  • Evil was predictable, always painfully expected. -- Ted Dekker
  • I was painfully shy as a child. -- Lesley Nicol
  • ...painfully curious...about how it feels to fall. -- Marya Hornbacher
  • If you're extremely, painfully frightened of age, it shows. -- Jeanne Moreau
  • If it wasn't painfully difficult, you did it wrong! -- Dan Brown
  • I'm painfully aware of my surroundings at all times. -- Jon Hamm
  • You're painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture. -- Richard Yates
  • I was a painfully shy person in my pre-acting days. -- Lucy Deakins
  • A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief. -- John Steinbeck
  • I'm a fan of the truth... even if it's painfully hard to accept. -- Dan Brown
  • Building a strong team is both possible and remarkably simple. But is painfully difficult. -- Patrick Lencioni
  • Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few. -- Robert A. Heinlein
  • He was dead. However, his nose throbbed painfully, which he thought odd in the circumstances. -- Diana Gabaldon
  • We live as we dream - alone. While the dream disappears, the life continues painfully. -- Joseph Conrad
  • Good news is, we're annoying him. Bad news is, we're all going to die painfully. -- Brandy Nacole
  • A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world. -- Louise Brooks
  • It used to be that people could be painfully boring in private. Facebook changed all that. -- Andy Borowitz
  • I write poems, have always written them, to transcend the painfully personal and reach the universal. -- May Sarton
  • The smile was so painfully swift and fleeting that it was like the flash of a knife. -- Henry Miller
  • I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me. -- Sugar Ray Leonard
  • I move my lips when I read -- I'm painfully slow -- so I like really good English. -- John le Carre
  • The first thing a proprietor learns, and painfully at that, is: Trust is fine, but control is better. -- Elfriede Jelinek
  • Bad days my memory functions no better than an out-of-focus kaleidoscope, but other days me recall is painfully perfect. -- Mordecai Richler
  • I would never complain about 'One Day' taking off, but it made me painfully self-conscious for a long time. -- David Nicholls
  • It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored. -- David Levithan
  • Harris had the egotistical dogmatism of the self-made man who had painfully educated himself without contact with superior brains. -- Beatrice Webb
  • I'd much rather go to a Banksy art show than a Moby art show. My art is painfully naive. -- Moby
  • Slowly and painfully man is learning that he must do unto others what he would have them do to him. -- Anthony Eden
  • Stage-persona notwithstanding, I'm extremely shy and quiet. Almost painfully shy. People misinterpret that as being above it all or not interested. -- J. Michael Straczynski
  • So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship. -- Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • I write to be truthful in my songs, which is why I wrote what's painfully truthful about my life in my autobiography. -- Rick Springfield
  • Curious how Love destroys every vestige of that politeness which the human race, in its years of evolution, has so painfully acquired. -- Stella Gibbons
  • Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change. -- Robert Kennedy
  • Her bladder felt painfully, solidly full, as though it would burst and release not urine but the garbled prayers she was muttering. -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • To live passionately, we ought to be able to look once again at the people we once cared for deeply and painfully. -- Paul Delaroche
  • I wish we would all just fall apart so I wouldn't have to listen to the downfall happen, so slowly, so painfully. -- Hannah Moskowitz
  • Sensitivity isn't about being wimpy. It's about being so painfully aware that a flea landing on a dog is like a sonic boom -- Jeff Buckley
  • People looking up at her--at her smooth pretty vivacious face--had no way of knowing about the painfully articulated resolves formulating in her mind. -- Betty Smith
  • I choose Hosea. Oh, there's no book of the Bible which more beautifully and more painfully demonstrates how very much God loves us. -- Jennifer Rothschild
  • Nothing so sharpens the thought process as writing down one's arguments. Weaknesses overlooked in oral discussion become painfully obvious on the written page. -- Hyman Rickover
  • If someone is getting every decision wrong, that's when you need to act, and at that point it'll be painfully aware to everyone. -- Sam Altman
  • So little time we live in Time, And we learn all so painfully, That we may spare this hour's term To practice for Eternity. -- Robert Penn Warren
  • But you see, that's the gilded prison of fashion. We're riding in private jets, and meantime I was so incredibly, painfully sad and lonely. -- Janice Dickinson
  • But you see, that's the gilded prison of fashion. We're riding in private jets, and meantime I was so incredibly, painfully sad and lonely." -- Janice Dickinson
  • Satan's sin becomes the first sin of all humanity: the sin of ingratitude. Adam and Eve are, simply, painfully ungrateful for what God gave. -- Ann Voskamp
  • "I fear your kind and open communication, which has rendered me more painfully conscious of my own defects, has not improved me," sighed Kate. -- Charles Dickens
  • I still come closest to success with drawing. When I use color the results are dubious, for these painfully gained experiences bear less fruit. -- Paul Klee
  • I think comedy stems from being honest, often painfully so. I hope I can achieve that perspective in my own life and also have fun. -- Tamsin Greig
  • Money is like love; it kills slowly and painfully the one who withholds it, and enlivens the other who turns it on his fellow man. -- Khalil Gibran
  • He was painfully shy, which, as is often the manner of the painfully shy, he overcompensated for by being too loud at the wrong times. -- Neil Gaiman
  • The world seems to me excruciatingly, almost painfully beautiful at times, and the goodness and kindness of people often exceed that which even I expect. -- Lois W.
  • The suicide does not play the game, does not observe the rules. He leaves the party too soon, and leaves the other guests painfully uncomfortable. -- Joyce Carol Oates
  • A man is as much affected pleasurably or painfully by the image of a thing past or future as by the image of a thing present. -- Baruch Spinoza
  • If we can have drones, we can have brown people on TV, and the world won't end! We need to catch up. We are painfully behind. -- Gabrielle Union
  • It didn't help that she was painfully shy and kept to herself, because then they just thought she was stuck-up, which she wasn't. She was just quiet. -- Melissa de la Cruz
  • Then about 1951 I began writing again, painfully, a novel I called in the beginning A Life Sentence on Earth, but which developed into The Tree of Man. -- Patrick White
  • I am painfully situated, Utterson; my position is a very strange - a very strange one. It is one of those affairs that cannot be mended by talking. -- Robert Louis Stevenson
  • There is nothing I fear so much as idleness, the want of occupation, inactivity, the lethargy of the faculties; when the body is idle, the spirit suffers painfully. -- Charlotte Bronte
  • If a white cloth is stained even with a small spot, the stain appears very ugly indeed. So the smallest fault of a holy man becomes painfully prominent. -- Ramakrishna
  • I was used to being the smartest guy in the room, and then God dropped me in a place that was well beyond me. It was painfully awesome. -- Matt Chandler
  • I think it's quite painfully obvious when someone's practicing through an amp, as opposed to someone who's really laying down some stuff that just happens to be fast. -- Joe
  • Ireland is not in a good place at the moment. We have our own humiliation of losing our economic sovereignty, and we're now regaining it slowly and painfully. -- Mary Robinson
  • Expectations are the most perilous form of dream, and when dreams do realise themselves it is in the waking world: the difference is subtly but often painfully felt. -- Elizabeth Bowen
  • O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more. I am painfully conscious of my need for further grace. -- Aiden Wilson Tozer
  • We learned after the first semester in law school that it's best never to discuss exams. If notes are compared afterwards, you become painfully aware of things you missed. -- John Grisham
  • Sometimes painfully lost people can teach us lessons that we didn't think we needed to know, or be reminded of---the more history changes, the more it stays the same. -- Shannon L. Alder
  • Every night death came, slowly, painfully, and every morning Maddox awoke in bed, knowing he'd have to die again later. That was his greatest curse and his eternal punishment. -- Gena Showalter
  • And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not? And I don't like that. It makes men so very attractive. -- Oscar Wilde
  • Though the Life Force supplies us with its own purpose, it has no other brains to work with than those it has painfully and imperfectly evolved in our heads. -- George Bernard Shaw
  • One of the most painfully inauthentic ways we show up in our lives sometimes is saying "yes" when we mean "no," and saying "no" when we mean "hell yes." -- BrenĂ© Brown
  • She stood a moment before my eyes, clearly and painfully, loved and deeply woven into my destiny; then fell away again in a deep oblivion, at a half regretted distance. -- Hermann Hesse
  • I think the first rule of comedy is that it has to be funny and I find a lot of the broad comedy which is sent to me, painfully unfunny. -- Nigel Cole
  • To a true-blue professor of literature in an American university, literature is not something that a plain human being, living today, painfully sits down to produce. No; it is something dead. -- Sinclair Lewis
  • The crime which is done now is that war has made a tool and slave of science, and man's knowledge, painfully and laboriously compiled, is made the instrument of man's destruction. -- Leonard Wibberley
  • My overall message for labor members is... that we understand that the benefits of trade are clear, but the disruption and the dislocation are painfully concentrated and we can't ignore them. -- Alexis Herman
  • God was executed by people painfully like us, in a society very similar to our own ... by a corrupt church, a timid politician, and a fickle proletariat led by professional agitators. -- Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Even while writing his book, he had become painfully aware how little he knew his own planet while attempting to piece together another one from jagged bits filched from deranged brains. -- Vladimir Nabokov
  • I was painfully shy when I was younger but at some point you've gotta grow up. I think the genius in the man-boy thing is you tap into a woman's motherly instincts. -- Bill Burr
  • How attraction works, making one's body almost painfully alive and one's thoughts concentrated, also painfully. And the truth of these powerful attractions - they have their own morality and nothing else matters. -- Elizabeth Hay
  • If most men and women were forced to rely upon physical charm to attract lovers, their sexual lives would be not only meager but in a youth-worshiping country like America painfully brief. -- Gore Vidal
  • Progress in human affairs is more often a pull than a push, a surging forward of the exceptional man, and the lifting of his duller brethren slowly and painfully to his vantage-ground. -- W. E. B. Du Bois
  • The past is far behind. If you still want to look at it, you will painfully stretch your neck muscles. Don't live in the past, leave the past, but learn from it. -- Israelmore Ayivor
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  • The man who has received this great deliverance is no longer a convict, painfully observing all prison rules with the hope of shortening his sentence, but a child in the home of God. -- Robert William Dale
  • ...the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear plant...has painfully affected the Soviet people, and shocked the international community. For the first time, we confront the real force of nuclear energy, out of control. -- Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Photography came as a substitute. I was painfully shy and found talking to people difficult; a camera in hand gave me a function, a reason to be somewhere, a witness, but not an actor. -- Martine Franck
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  • The market, as we're all painfully aware in the aftermath of the banking crisis, can be an idiot. It has no perception of right or wrong, or even sensible or insane. It sees profit. -- Nick Harkaway
  • In school I was painfully shy. But as soon as I had to get up in front of the class and give a book report, it was alarming - I'd suddenly be very articulate. -- Andrew Bird
  • The general reactions were that the video was either not going to load, or be painfully slow to load, or would require a plug-in users didn't have. YouTube changed that, because it just works. -- Steve Krug
  • It's about realizing, painfully, you've kept that voice inside yourself, locked away from even yourself. And you step back and see that your jailer has changed faces. You realize you've become your own jailer. -- Tori Amos
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