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Discomfort

  • I would have felt more comfortable on a girder fifty floors above the street, catching white-hot rivets in a pail.

  • He had the uneasy manner of a man who is not among his own kind, and who has not seen enough of the world to feel that all people are in some sense his own kind.

  • Tom was feeling more and more like the Prodigal Son and did not like it, as indeed we daresay the Prodigal Son himself did not like it either. For to have to eat fatted calf when you are thoroughly ashamed of yourself and only want to slink in and not be noticed must be a severe trial; not to speak of one's Good Brother.

  • I simply cannot understand the passion that some people have for making themselves thoroughly uncomfortable and then boasting about it afterwards.

  • A while back I'd saved Jess from a potentially disastrous situation, and like most people who felt they owed a debt they could never repay, she was vaguely uncomfortable in my presence.

  • Discomfort is always a necessary part of the process of enlightenment.

  • [They] felt as if their nerves had been peeled with rusty knives.

    • Alice Dunbar-Nelson,
    • 1928, in Gloria T. Hull, ed., The Works of Alice Dunbar-Nelson, vol. 2 ()
  • She was as uneasy as a cat in a new house, unhappy, suspicious, her fur on end.

  • Certainly my inner world will never be a peaceful place of bloom; it will have some peace, and occasional riots of bloom, but always a little fight going on too. There is no way I can be peacefully happy in this society and in this skin. I am committed to Uneasy Street. I like it; it is my idea that this street leads to the future, and that I am being true to a way of life which is not here yet, but is more real than what is here.

    • Alice B. Sheldon,
    • in Julie Phillips, James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon ()
  • We all find means of anesthesia.

  • Pain I'm good with. It's discomfort I can't handle.