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  • ... he went to work on my character with the unstoppable fury of Oliver Cromwell putting dents in the church plate.

  • Much of the disapproval we think is directed against us is, in fact, self-inflicted.

    • Helen Hayes,
    • with Marion Glasserow Gladney, Loving Life ()
  • ... the way to wean any one from a desire is not by condemnation of it.

  • The silence of a man who loves to praise, is a censure sufficiently severe ...

  • Do you know what it's like to feel wrong twenty-four hours a day? Do you know what it's like to be disapproved of, not only for what you do and say and think but for what you are?

  • Don't look left nor right and never compete. Never. Watching the other guy is what kills all forms of energy.

  • Never in her life had any object, or friendship, or experience acquired value for her save through the eyes of others.

  • I looked always outside of myself to see what I could make the world give me instead of looking within myself to see what was there.

  • Farewell for ever, my dear Sir. / Your pride and prejudice incur / My wrath beyond all measure: / I am aweary of your ways, / So scarce and scanty is your praise, / So scathing your displeasure.

  • She who trims herself to suit everyone will soon whittle herself away.

    • Laura Nyro,
    • in Patti LaBelle and Laura Randolph Lancaster, Patti's Pearls ()
  • Everyone knew in the 1950s why a girl from a nice family left home. The meaning of her theft of herself from her parents was clear to all — as well as what she'd be up to in that room of her own.

  • You can't do anything worth while till you get over minding what people say.

    • Mother Jones,
    • in Margaret Case Harriman, From Pinafores to Politics ()