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1. "Ruth once told me when I went to visit her at HMP Highpoint that it is surprising how much of what you imagine to be your innate sense of self actually comes from things that aren't one's self at all: people's reactions to the blouse you wear, the respectfulness of your family, the attentiveness of your friends, their approval of the pictures in your living room, the neatness of your lawn, the way people whisper your name. It is these exhibitions of yourself, as reflected in the people whom you meet, which give you comfort and your identity. Take them away, be put in a tiny room, and called by a number, and you begin to vanish."
Author: Alexander Masters
2. "Consult, v.t. To seek another's approval of a course already decided on. Contempt, n. The feeling of a prudent man for an enemy who is too formidable safely to be opposed."
Author: Ambrose Bierce
3. "No domestic dispute between Franny and David had inspired the removal of their wedding rings. She would take hers off at work when she was giving scalp massages. Once she thought she had lost the ring, but she found it in the treatment room on a candleholder David had made for her during a personal failure of a pottery class he had taken the year he lost his job. After she found her ring, she started leaving it at home."
Author: Amelia Gray
4. "I'm still craving approval from my parents. It took a lot of success for me to realize it was never coming. It's just not in their nature."
Author: Andrew Stanton
5. "Applause felt like approval, and it became a drug that soothed the pain, but only temporarily."
Author: Anita Baker
6. "I flipped to the author's photo in the Library of America edition of O'Connor's collected works, and forked it over. Solitary examined the photo."Okay," she said, handing it back, "I'll read it." What in Flannery O'Connor's countenance met with Solitary's approval?"I dunno," she said. "She looks kind of busted up, y'know? She ain't too pretty. I trust her."
Author: Avi Steinberg
7. "A man cannot be made comfortable without his own approval."
Author: Barbara Walters
8. "Love may, indeed, love the beloved when her beauty is lost: but not because it is lost. Love may forgive all infirmities and love still in spite of them: but Love cannot cease to will their removal. Love is more sensitive than hatred itself to every blemish in the beloved… Of all powers he forgives most, but he condones least: he is pleased with little, but demands all."
Author: C.S. Lewis
9. "Never trust girls who let themselves be touched right away. But even less those who need a priest for approval."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
10. "I've got to stop getting obsessed with human beings and fall in love with a chair. Chairs have everything human beings have to offer, and less, which is obviously what I need. Less emotional feedback, less warmth, less approval, less patience and less response. The less the merrier. Chairs it is. I must furnish my heart with feelings for furniture."
Author: Carrie Fisher
11. "Who," coughed Zvonok, "do you think broke your favorite teacup last fall? The one with the cherries on the handle?""I was careless, Comrade Zvonok. I left the window open and a storm blew through.""Incorrect! I broke it because you left me no cream and no dry biscuits, and when your old boots wore through, you burned them up for heat instead of giving them to me!""Hear, hear!" the table erupted in approval once more. "Well done, well done!""I'm surely very sorry--""So is your teacup."
Author: Catherynne M. Valente
12. "I have yet to find the man, however exalted his station, who did not do better work and put forth greater effort under a spirit of approval than under a spirit of criticism."
Author: Charles Schwab
13. "Razum naj bi razširil zaznavanje, da bi vaša zaznavna moc in kompleksnost lahko rasli in ne škodovali. Izkušnje razuma so izkušnje znanja. Znanje je moc in za vsako raven znanja odgovarjate, kako ga uporabljate. Znanje, ki preprosto pride v vas in ga nekako ne predelate in uporabite v korist drugih, ima lahko še kako poguben ucinek na vaše telo. Karmicne obveznosti, ki jih ustvarjate z naklepno zlorabo z znanja, ce zavestno škodujete ali v drugih ustvarjate nasprotja, so vecje, kot ce to povzrocate nevede."
Author: Gary Zukav
14. "All censorships exist to prevent anyone from challenging current conceptions and existing institutions. All progress is initiated by challenging current conceptions, and executed by supplanting existing institutions. Consequently, the first condition of progress is the removal of censorship."
Author: George Bernard Shaw
15. "...[T]wo of you can be no match for the three giants, I will find you, if I can, a third brother, who will take on himself the third share of the fight, and the preparation...I will show him to you in a glass, and, when he comes, you will know him at once. If he will share your endeavors, you must teach him all you know, and he will repay you well, in present song, and in future deeds.'She opened the door of a curious old cabinet that stood in the room. On the inside of this door was an oval convex mirror...we at length saw reflected the place where we stood, and the old dame seated in her chair...at the feet of the dame lay a young man...weeping.'Surely this youth will not serve our ends,' said I, 'for he weeps.'The old woman smiled. 'Past tears are present strength,'said she."
Author: George MacDonald
16. "I'll be long gone before some smart person ever figures out what happened inside this Oval Office."(Washington DC, 12 May, 2008)"
Author: George W. Bush
17. "Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don't base your self-esteem on their opinions."
Author: Harvey MacKay
18. "Grant Foreman, the leading authority on Indian removal, estimates that during confinement in the stockade or on the march westward four thousand Cherokees died. In December 1838, President Van Buren spoke to Congress: It affords sincere pleasure to apprise the Congress of the entire removal of the Cherokee Nation of Indians to their new homes west of the Mississippi. The measures authorized by Congress at its last session have had the happiest effects."
Author: Howard Zinn
19. "It was here one brilliant November midnight that Edward wrote a formal letter to Violet and Geoffrey Ponting declaring his ambition to marry their daughter, and did not quite ask their permission so much as confidently expected their approval."
Author: Ian McEwan
20. "Zdepasto i grbavo deblo drveta nikada ne bi povjerovalo da može postati statua, zadivljujuce umjetnicko djelo, i nikada se ne bi podložilo dlijetu kipara, koji svojim genijem pronice što sve može naciniti od tog debla"
Author: Ignatius Of Loyola
21. "Simdi Marcovaldo'nun uyuyabilmek için, ne oldugunu kendisinin de pek bilmedigi bir seye gereksinimi vardi, artik gerçek, tam bir sessizlik bile yeterli olmayacakti, sessizlikten daha yumusak bir dip gürültüsü, orman agaçlarinin etegindeki bitkileri yalayan hafif bir meltem ya da çayirdan fiskirarak akip giden bir suyun siriltisini istiyordu."
Author: Italo Calvino
22. "Insanlar on bir ay boyunca kenti seviyorlar, kente toz kondurmuyorlardi; gökdelenler, otomatik sigara saticilari, panoramik perdeli sinemalar sürekli bir çekicilik kaynagi sayiliyordu. Bu duyguyu kesinlikle paylasmayan tek kisi ise Marcovaldo idi."
Author: Italo Calvino
23. "I nodded in approval, turned around and opened the door, and stepped into the hall. I walked past the receptionist, smiling at her shocked face when she told me in a superficial voice to have a nice day, and I gave her a parting gift—my middle finger."
Author: J.A. Saare
24. "Today a celebrity sex video isn't a stigma that requires penance and smarm removal; it's a branding device, a platform enhancer, a show reel."
Author: James Wolcott
25. "Mab turned back to me and eyed me up and down. She quirked one eyebrow, very slightly, somehow conveying layers of disapproval toward multiple aspects of my appearance, conduct, and situation, and said, 'Finally.''There's been a lot on my mind,' I replied.'It seems unlikely that your cares will lighten,' Queen Mab replied. 'Improve your mind.'"
Author: Jim Butcher
26. "It doesn't take a new heart to want the psychological relief of forgiveness, or the removal of God's wrath, or the inheritance of God's world. All these things are understandable without any spiritual change. You don't need to be born again to want these things. The devils want them."
Author: John Piper
27. "He had a happy canine way of seeking approval without seeming insecure."
Author: Jonathan Franzen
28. "For three years, all through junior high, my social death was grossly overdetermined. I had a large vocabulary, a giddily squeaking voice, horn-rimmed glasses, poor arm strength, too-obvious approval from my teachers, irresistible urges to shout unfunny puns, a near-eidetic acquaintance with J.R.R. Tolkien, a big chemistry lab in my basement, a penchant for intimately insulting any unfamiliar girl unwise enough to speak to me, and so on."
Author: Jonathan Franzen
29. "Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it."
Author: Joshua Becker
30. "This will be a new amputation. You've been a part of my flesh, underneath all my skin. Your removal will bleed and leave me lame for a time."
Author: Julie Berry
31. "He felt that he perceived the shape within, just for a second. She had hope. It spread; he could almost witness electrons moving through the magnetic field between them, following lines of force, beautiful things everywhere, sharing, changing both of them in the process, the covalent bonding of life."
Author: Karl Drinkwater
32. "When we are passionately in love with our Prince, we put Him above all else--not just in theory, but also practically, in every moment of our day-to-day lives. We do not live for the applause of heaven. Our longings are not for people's approval but only for more and more of Him. We are marked by an effortless, unshakable strength that is found in the presence of our perfect Lover."
Author: Leslie Ludy
33. "She left quietly, closing the door behind her. Only then did Hunter move, wandering to the portal, his large hand clasping the oval brass knob that she had just touched, searching for any remaining warmth her skin might have imparted. He leaned his cheek against the cool, glossy panel and closed his eyes. He craved her body, her sweetness, her hands on his body, her legs open to him, her throat tightening with feminine cries as he pleasured her... He shoved the thoughts away, but it was too late, he was left with a painful erection that wouldn't subside. How long would it take for her to accept him? What the devil would she require? If only she would assign him some herculean task for him to accomplish and prove himself. Tell me what to do, he thought, emitting a slight groan, and by God, I'll do it ten times over."
Author: Lisa Kleypas
34. "What did he mean, 'insatiable lust'?"She hastened to explain. "Well, 'insatiable' means unable to satisfy-""I know that," he said in a biting tone. "Why did he say that about you?"Sara rolled her eyes and shrugged. "It was nothing. I merely tried to kiss him once the way you kissed me..." Her voice faded as she realized that her parents were watching the pair of them in dumbfounded silence.Isaac was the fist to speak, a smile twitching the corners of his mouth. "I've seen and heard enough, Mr. Craven. If you and my daughter are already talking about 'insatiable lust,' I think I'd better give you my approval... and hope for a quick wedding."
Author: Lisa Kleypas
35. "Joliffe knew their audience was with them when Christ declared at the money-changers, "You knaves! You thieves and rascals! Defaming the Lord God's honor as you do! Making his house into a den of thieves and taking what is not yours to take, like shepherds never shearing but butchering every sheep!" and among the lookers-on heads turned and some people pointed at Father Hewgo standing at his church door, glaring, his arms tightly folded aross his chest, well apart from it all but making sure his disapproval lowered over everything. Joliffe had not written the lines at him but might as well have because his parishioners surely saw a match; there was even scattered laughter that would do nothing to soften him toward the players."
Author: Margaret Frazer
36. "The chorus of disapproval is like one of those formula songs that seem to hit number one all the time. You know the tune in a moment and it begins to bore you in two."
Author: Melina Marchetta
37. "It is not a lack of spiritual experience that leads to failure, but a lack of working to keep our eyes focused and on the right goal. At least once a week examine yourself before God to see if your life is measuring up to the standard He has for you. Paul was like a musician who gives no thought to audience approval, if he can only catch a look of approval from his Conductor."
Author: Oswald Chambers
38. "Your woman tells me you will hunt me down and eat my marrow while I live.""Did she?" Charles looked at her, and she saw the approval in his face. She doubted anyone else would have read anything at all. His voice was a caress, just for her. "Would you like that, love?"
Author: Patricia Briggs
39. "Çok yanilmiyordu. Hedefine vasil olan hiçbir temayül yasamaz. Arzu ile gaye arasinda ümid verici bir mesafe olmadikça arzunun yasamasi imkansizdir.Ihtiraslar da böyledir. Ask da hedefinden az çok uzak bulunursa canlidir. Firari ve sayyal bir hedef karsisinda her ihtiras kudurur. Bunun için iki taraftan biri kaçar ve öteki tarafin ihtirasini tahrik eder. Ihtiras kovalayan tarafta vardir. Kaçan lakayttir. Bunun için sevismek yoktur. Iki insan, muhtelif anlarda, birbirlerini sevebilirler; fakat bu an birlesir ve iki taraf, birbirlerini ayni zaman içinde sever ve sevdiklerini hissederlerse, ikisinde de ihtiras derhal mahvolur ve ask hadisesi biter. Her sevdanin sonu böyledir. Garip netice: Sevismek askin ziddidir."
Author: Peyami Safa
40. "I felt I'd earned the Good Housekeeping Seal when I designed an oval-shaped spaghetti pot, because spaghetti is long."
Author: Rachael Ray
41. "The moments that followed were full of interest. A stillness, a brooding, expectant stillness, fell upon the company—and it numbered a round dozen—about Lord Gervase's richly appointed board. In the soft candlelight the oval table"
Author: Rafael Sabatini
42. "Realisation is not acquisition of anything new nor is it a new faculty. It is only removal of all camouflage"
Author: Ramana Maharshi
43. "Because mothers make us, because they map our emotional terrain before we even know we are capable of having an emotional terrain, they know just where to stick the dynamite. With a few small power plays - a skeptical comment, the withholding of approval or praise - a mother can devastate a daughter. Decades of subtle undermining can stunt a daughter, or so monopolize her energy that she in effect stunts herself. Muted, fearful, riddled with self-doubt, she can remain trapped in daughterhood forever, the one place she feels confident she knows the rules."
Author: Rebecca Walker
44. "Do you really mean to tell me the only reason you try to be good is to gain God's approval and reward, or to avoid his disapproval and punishment? That's not morality, that's just sucking up, apple-polishing, looking over your shoulder at the great surveillance camera in the sky, or the still small wiretap inside your head, monitoring your every move, even your every base though."
Author: Richard Dawkins
45. "Sad mi je jasno da sam se vec dugo kretao prema Tebi i Ti prema meni. Premda ni jedno od nas nije bilo svesno postojanja drugoga pre nego smo se upoznali. Za sve vreme u našoj je nesvesnosti radosno lutala neka slepa izvesnost koja je garantovala da cemo se sresti. Poput dveju usamljenih ptica što svoj put preko golemih prerija pronalaze pomocu nebeskih znakova, tako smo se i mi sav svoj život kretali jedno prema drugom"
Author: Robert James Waller
46. "As I ponder on what Spirituality means, I am seeing that True Spirituality is a total and complete surrender to All that is and All that will be. All that We Are and All that We Will Be. It is a Total and Complete acceptance to All of Life and comes without judgment, without violence, but with Unconditional Love. Spirituality is Awakening to the true nature of the self without fear but with an Inner Peace stemming from Immense Love of Self and All other. When we discovery that our inner peace does not depend on events or circumstances in the world but on a quiet and profound inner fulfillment, we become less self-centered, less needy of others' approval or recognition, less focused on material things and social status and fame. We Become Much Happier, Healthier and More Loving Individuals who are less likely to cause suffering to ourselves and others." With My Love and Friendship Always!"
Author: Sean D. Hamilton
47. "He says the earth is an oval marble that nobody can win. He says the sky is not blue and the grass is not green.He says everything is a matter of perception."
Author: Sherman Alexie
48. "Susie-Q," said Daniel with a smirk-like grin indicating both earnest disapproval and a kind of fondness toward Seroquel and its intense, often uncomfortable tranquilizing effects—as if, believing Susie-Q wasn't malicious, he could forgive her every time she induced twelve hours of sleep followed by twelve to twenty-four hours of feeling lost and irritable, therefore she functioned, if inadvertently, as a teacher of forgiveness and acceptance and empathy, for which he was grateful."
Author: Tao Lin
49. "Nature proceeds by blunders; that is its way. It is also ours. So if we have blundered by regarding consciousness as a blunder, why make a fuss over it? Our self-removal from this planet would still be a magnificent move, a feat so luminous it would bedim the sun. What do we have to lose? No evil would attend our departure from this world, and the many evils we have known would go extinct along with us. So why put off what would be the most laudable masterstroke of our existence, and the only one?"
Author: Thomas Ligotti
50. "Happiness and self-esteem are proportional. The better you feel about yourself, the happier you are. "I get up every morning, and I get excited that I get to be me for another twenty-four hours!" Pooki gushed. This isn't vanity. Vanity is believing that you are the center of the universe, whereas accepting appreciation and approval is savoring the sunlight that shines your way."
Author: Will Bowen

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A waft of wind came sweeping down the laurel-walk, and trembled through the boughs of the chestnut: it wandered away-away-to an indefinite distance-it died. The nightingale's song was then the only voice of the hour: in listening to it, I again wept."
Author: Charlotte Brontë

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