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"I'm painfully middle class." - Valerie Harper

"I'm painfully shy." - Lindy Booth

"Evil was predictable, always painfully expected." - Ted Dekker

"I was painfully shy as a child." - Lesley Nicol

"You're painfully alive in a drugged and dying culture." - Richard Yates

"If it wasn't painfully difficult, you did it wrong!" - Dan Brown

"I'm painfully aware of my surroundings at all times." - Jon Hamm

"...painfully curious...about how it feels to fall." - Marya Hornbacher

"My mom is painfully sweet; she's from Nebraska." - Gabrielle Union

"If you're extremely, painfully frightened of age, it shows." - Jeanne Moreau

"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

"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

"I move my lips when I read - I'm painfully slow - so I like really good English." - John Le Carre

"Time is your total capital, and the minutes of your life are painfully few." - Robert A Heinlein

"I'm a fan of the truth... even if it's painfully hard to accept." - Dan Brown

"It used to be that people could be painfully boring in private. Facebook changed all that." - Andy Borowitz

"Building a strong team is both possible and remarkably simple. But is painfully difficult." - Patrick Lencioni

"A well dressed woman, even though her purse is painfully empty, can conquer the world." - Louise Brooks

"Today summoned painfully to earth by a short fat English magician with a dangerous stammer*." - Jonathan Stroud

"A man so painfully in love is capable of self-torture beyond belief." - John Steinbeck

"I write poems, have always written them, to transcend the painfully personal and reach the universal." - May Sarton

"I was a painfully shy person in my pre-acting days." - Lucy Deakins

"The do-it-yourself version of pensions is a flop, as many Americans have painfully learned." - William Greider

"Everything was coming my way, but I was going down. I was painfully empty." - Lorraine Bracco

"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"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

"Well, I'm English, so it's intimidating to step anywhere. I used to be painfully shy. I wouldn't say that I'm painfully shy anymore. But if I have the option of sitting on the edge of a circle, I will." - Gavin Rossdale

"The first thing a proprietor learns, and painfully at that, is: Trust is fine, but control is better." - Elfriede Jelinek

"No one has ever said it, but how painfully true it is that the poor have us always with them." - Hector Hugh Munro

"Harris had the egotistical dogmatism of the self-made man who had painfully educated himself without contact with superior brains." - Beatrice Webb

"It would be too easy to say that I feel invisible. Instead, I feel painfully visible, and entirely ignored." - David Levithan

"Daily I learn - sometimes painfully, other times with glee - that mine is a path never meant to be paved." - Jeb Dickerson

"Slowly and painfully man is learning that he must do unto others what he would have them do to him." - Anthony Eden

"The smile was so painfully swift and fleeting that it was like the flash of a knife." - Henry Miller

"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

"You might as well enjoy the day - you never know when and how painfully it could all end." - Henry Rollins

"I'd much rather go to a Banksy art show than a Moby art show. My art is painfully naive." - Moby

"It's painfully obvious to see that as Americans we can sometimes be wrapped up in our own affairs." - Monica Johnson

"I was painfully initiated into boxing, because the guys I fought were a lot bigger than me." - Sugar Ray Leonard

"I would never complain about 'One Day' taking off, but it made me painfully self-conscious for a long time." - David Nicholls

"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

"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

""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

"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

"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

"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

"So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find someone to worship." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"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.

"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

"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

"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

"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 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

"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

"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

"Curious how Love destroys every vestige of that politeness which the human race, in its years of evolution, has so painfully acquired." - Stella Gibbons

"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

"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

"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

"Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world which yields most painfully to change." - Robert Kennedy

"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 Satriani

"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

"Rather painfully, we managed to digest Darwinian evolution so far as physical attributes were concerned within half a century of the initial controversy." - John Brunner

"So long as man remains free he strives for nothing so incessantly and so painfully as to find some one to worship." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

"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

"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

"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

"The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday." - Theodor Adorno

"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

"To live passionately, we ought to be able to look once again at the people we once cared for deeply and painfully." - Paul Delaroche

"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

"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

"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 write to be truthful in my songs, which is why I wrote what's painfully truthful about my life in my autobiography." - Rick Springfield

"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

"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 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

"Even painfully shy and awkward people are not painfully shy or awkward when they are alone. The way to access this natural, comfortable alone-self when you are with others is by choosing to forbid yourself to wonder what "they" are thinking. Instead, force yourself to exist in the instant, then take it- and give it- as it comes." - Augusten Burroughs

"Eleanor Roosevelt was painfully shy, painfully shy. So she overcompensated. In the same way that Nancy [Reagan] felt unattractive and unlovable and so everything had to be - hair had to be perfect, and the makeup and the clothes. Because she thought, "They don't think I'm pretty."" - Cynthia Nixon

"In high school, I was so painfully self-aware that how I thought of myself was probably very different from what other people thought of me. I thought of myself as just painfully awkward and dorky. I had a lot of hair and was kind of weird. I sang a lot in the hallways." - Amy Adams

"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

"America's great talent, I think, is to generate desires that would never have occurred, natively,... and to make those desires so painfully real that money becomes a fiction, an imaginary means to some concrete end." - Karen Russell

"He turned to shut and lock the door, then came close, his gaze touching her features. "I missed you, Holly." Her heart caught painfully. The poor organ seemed to be getting quite the workout lately." - Jill Shalvis

"When he laces his fingers through mine, my heart does its now familiar panicked flight, bumping painfully against my ribs. My shoulder twitches as if to pull my hand back, but my heart overrules it." - R.L. LaFevers

"Loving someone condemns you to a lifetime of fear. You become painfully conscious of how fragile people are - bundles of brittle bones and vulnerable flesh, breeding grounds for billions of deadly germs and horrible diseases." - Barbara Mertz

"If India adopted the doctrine of love as an active part of her religion and introduced it in her politics. Swaraj would descend upon India from heaven. But I am painfully aware that that event is far off as yet." - Mahatma Gandhi

"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." - David Herbert Lawrence

"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

"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

"Nobody wants to know what I'm doing 24 hours a day, they'd be painfully bored, trust me. At the same time, if I'm doing something interesting or funny, I like being able to share that with my fans." - Josh Duhamel

"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

"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

"Money goes out first to pay expenses and then comes back as profits later - if at all. The high rate of failure of new businesses makes painfully clear that there is nothing inevitable about the money coming back." - Thomas Sowell

"The holiness of God teaches us that there is only one way to deal with sin- radically, seriously, painfully, constantly. If you do not so live, you do not live in the presence of the Holy One of Israel." - Sinclair B. Ferguson

"What I feel for you can't be conveyed in phrasal combinations; It either screams out loud or stays painfully silent but I promise - it beats words. It beats worlds. I promise" - Katherine Mansfield

"Most men experience getting older with regret, apprehension. But most women experience it even more painfully: with shame. Aging is a man's destiny, something that must happen because he is a human being." - Susan Sontag

"I was' sure which of us was being more selfish-her, for wanting something that no one could promise, or me, for not promising her something that was too painfully impossible to want." - Maggie Stiefvater

"I wasn't sure which of us was being more selfish-her, for wanting something that no one could promise, or me, for not promising her something that was too painfully impossible to want." - Maggie Stiefvater

"I need to check in with Seth before I-" he burrowed his face into the side of her neck, his breath almost painfully warm on her throat-"give in to my unconscionable desire to put my hands on you properly." - Melissa Marr

"'Never put off tomorrow what you can do today.' Under the influence of this pestilent morality, I am forever letting tomorrow's work slop into today's and doing painfully and nervously today what I could do quickly and easily tomorrow." - J. A. Spender

"Every serious scientific worker is painfully conscious of this involuntary relegation to an ever-narrowing sphere of knowledge, which threatens to deprive the investigator of his broad horizon and degrades him to the level of a mechanic." - Albert Einstein

"I've attempted to flood the path with light where I could, and where I could not I've wanted at least to hold up a candle so that others coming this way might not stumble too painfully." - Jim Beaver

"...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

"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

"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

"You'd think is something one would grow out of. But you grow into it. The more you do, the more you realize how painfully easy it is to be lousy and how very difficult to be good." - Glenda Jackson

"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

"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

"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

"Patch? Whatever happens, I love you." I wanted to say more, those three words painfully inadequate for the way I felt about him. And at the same time, so simple and accurate, nothing else would do." - Becca Fitzpatrick

"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

"I find acting in contact lenses is bizarre to me, because there's just a giant filter between you and the world. I know it sounds painfully, ridiculously obvious, but it's true. You're just so detached." - Matthew Rhys

"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

"I think people who do comedy tend to do it well, and to do it painfully and truthfully. So making the leap to drama is easier for them because everything they've done is from pain anyway." - Sandra Bullock

"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

"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

"Riskier mortgage lending practices, imposed by government, were what set the stage for many mortgage payments to stop and thus for the financial disasters that followed. Political rhetoric, echoed in the media, seeks to obscure that painfully plain fact." - Thomas Sowell

"Shame is the painfully self-conscious sense of our behaviour'or self'being exposed as defective, with the immediate result that we are halted in our tracks, for better or for worse." - Robert Augustus Masters

"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."" - Brene Brown

"I felt it's vague enough for the reader to pull their own story and their wisdom out of the poem, but for me, it's actually very painfully transparent what I've written. Sometimes very literal, which is scary." - Masiela Lusha

"The more ignorant men are, the more convinced are they that their little parish and their little chapel is an apex to which civilization and philosophy has painfully struggled up the pyramid of time from a desert of savagery." - George Bernard Shaw

"The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not?" - Oscar Wilde

"My association is so painfully cloe that avoidance is the only way I know to retain my identity. Its ridiculous and embarrassing. I hate feeling this way, because it forces me to see how deeply racism has affected me." - Margaret Cho

"Unilateralism, as we have painfully seen in Iraq, is its own reward. Going it alone may satisfy a political instinct but it is dangerous to our military, even without their Commander in Chief taunting terrorists to bring it on." - Al Gore

"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

"The fundamentalists may have created a personalized Jesus we don't even recognize, but the liberals' Jesus, too, is an individualized Jesus who serves the empire - a Jesus painfully divorced from his ministry of justice." - Allan Boesak

"What I feel for you ca' be conveyed in phrasal combinations; It either screams out loud or stays painfully silent but I promise - it beats words. It beats worlds. I promise" - Katherine Mansfield

"Every creator painfully experiences the chasm between his inner vision and its ultimate expression. The chasm is never completely bridged. We all have the conviction, perhaps illusory, that we have much more to say than appears on the paper." - Isaac Bashevis Singer

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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 was painfully shy, and I had tremendous difficulty making friends. So, lacking friends, I watched other people. Watching is something all writers must do, and it was in junior high that I learned to do it." - Alex Flinn

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"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

"To attempt to write seriously is always, I feel, to fail - the disjunction between my beautifully sonorous, accurate and painfully affecting mental content, and the leaden, halting sentences on the page always seems a dreadful falling short." - Will Self

"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

"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

"When Scythrop grew up, he was sent, as usual, to a public school, where a little learning was painfully beaten into him, and from thence to the university, where it was carefully taken out of him." - Thomas Love Peacock

"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

"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