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  • But he was not a man to leave things alone when the toothache of blind contention was upon him ...

  • She had something of the stance of a Spanish fighting bull, and I felt a nervous impulse, as I retreated rapidly before her, to make it quite clear that I had never been a matador and had, indeed, always felt a peculiar affection and regard for bulls.

  • There are two kinds of men and women, those who have in them resisting as their way of winning those who have in them attacking as their way of winning ...

  • Historically, it appears that society has capitalized on what is at most a degree of difference between the sexes in order to institutionalize the polarization of aggression.

  • Mildred was a big woman, angry and insecure, an abrasive woman, who marched through life hoarding grudges like bad debts on which she could eventually collect.

  • Frankie [Avalon] ... was interested in eating everything so it didn't eat him first.

  • I am a stranger to half measures. With life I am on the attack, restlessly ferreting out each pleasure, foraging for answers, wringing from it even the pain. I ransack life, hunt it down. I am the hungry peasants storming the palace gates. I will have my share. No matter how it tastes.

  • ... evasion can be a form of aggression.

  • I'm Calamity Jane. Get to hell out of here and let me alone.

    • Calamity Jane,
    • 1873, in Duncan Aikman, Calamity Jane and the Lady Wildcats ()
  • Getting defensive around Nina was like cutting yourself while shaving in a shark tank.