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  • ... she had been born without 'oil on her feathers'...

  • If we had a keen vision and feeling of all ordinary human life, it would be like hearing the grass grow and the squirrel's heart beat, and we should die of the roar which lies on the other side of silence. As it is, the quickest of us walk about well wadded with stupidity.

  • ... she had an acute ear, and tiny sounds, the shiver of grass on grass in light airs, the squeaking of bats, cries of birds in a distant field, creaking of dried roots, the trickle of rain down the walls of a house, were caught by it, and offered to memory.

  • She has the hide of a rhinoceros, as so many people do who confuse sensitivity with egocentricity.

  • I wonder if anyone else has an ear so tuned and sharpened as I have, to detect the music, not of the spheres, but of earth, subtleties of major and minor chord that the wind strikes upon the tree branches. Have you ever heard the earth breathe ... ?

    • Kate Chopin,
    • "Mrs. Mobry's Reason" (1900), The Storm ()
  • I thank God who slowly dressed me in a heavy skin, otherwise I would now be dead.

    • Ingrid Bergman,
    • in Ingrid Bergman and Alan Burgess, Ingrid Bergman: My Story ()
  • She was a great one for not sitting down all day, not touching a morsel of food, never sleeping a wink all night and hearing every quarter of a hour strike from midnight until dawn.

    • Elizabeth C. Taylor,
    • "I Live in a World of Make-Believe," Hester Lilly and Twelve Short Stories ()
  • Thin skin is the only kind of skin human beings come with.

  • ... if your subject is an actor, he or she will also be shorter in person than they appear onscreen. This, also, you must keep to yourself. Even if you think you are giving their lack of height a positive spin, you aren't. 'You always seem larger than life in photos, but it's nice to see that in person you're just like us' might seem like a compliment, but what a star hears is 'You're stumpy, and you will lose jobs to taller people.'