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1. "When you cross over into the weird stuff, there's no going back. Hector has a theory on it. Calls it the law of 'Anomalous Phenomena Attraction.' He explained it to me once. Didn't really pay attention, but it boils down to 'weird shit pulls in more weird shit."
Author: A. Lee Martinez
2. "I think now that fate is half shaped by expectation, half by inattention. But somehow, when you lose something you love, faith takes over. You have to pay attention to what you lost. You have to undo the expectation."
Author: Amy Tan
3. "Why couldn't Jesus command us to obsess over everything, to try to control and manipulate people, to try not to breathe at all, or to pay attention, stomp away to brood when people annoy us, and then eat a big bag of Hershey's Kisses in bed?"
Author: Anne Lamott
4. "Have you tried to drive a harpoon through a body? No? Tut, tut, my dear sir, you must really pay attention to these details."
Author: Arthur Conan Doyle
5. "Ellen Degeneres: "There's a curfew for all the people on American Idol and you didn't pay attention to it, ever."Blake: "Yeah, why?"Ellen: "Why? That's my question."
Author: Blake Lewis
6. "Forrest Gander: "Maybe the best we can do is try to leave ourselves unprotected. To keep brushing off habits, how we see things and what we expect, as they crust around us. Brushing the green flies of the usual off the tablecloth. To pay attention."
Author: Brian Christian
7. "Somebody incredibly attractive just came into the room, and I ceased to pay attention to a word you were saying."
Author: Cassandra Clare
8. "Pay attention: There will be an exam later."
Author: Charles Stross
9. "Screw the idea of inventing monsters. Here, we just had to look around. Pay attention."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
10. "Here is a piece of advice. Never pay attention to what a man says when he comes. Anything might be blurted out at that moment, and it rarely means anything."
Author: Claire Kent
11. "Most Americans will let liberals and conservatives play their games because most Americans don't pay attention."
Author: Dennis Miller
12. "The moment feels laden with mystery and tension, as if for one second the world has agreed to pay attention to time itself."
Author: Diana Abu Jaber
13. "Do you force your kids to pay attention to what's going on, or do you let them live their lives outside of it? My hope is that my child is a strong activist. That would make me most proud."
Author: Eddie Vedder
14. "Songs and smells will bring you back to a moment in time more than anything else. It's amazing how much can be conjured with a few notes of a song or a solitary whiff of a room. A song you didn't even pay attention to at the time, a place that you didn't even know had a particular smell."
Author: Emily Giffin
15. "Si vous faîtes attention aux signes, quand donc ferez vous attention à ce qu'ils signifient?If you pay attention to the signs, but when will you pay attention to what they signify?"
Author: François Rabelais
16. "You bet against your own son?""Just like you, the boy doesn't pay attention. And seeing that she's just like her mother, he didn't stand a chance against Braith of the Darkness.""Mum?" Addolgar said to his mother."Because I love him," she reminded them all as she'd been doing for centuries. "That's what I'm doing with your father. I love him. So, honestly—just let it go already."
Author: G.A. Aiken
17. "Write. Don't talk about writing. Don't tell me about your wonderful story ideas. Don't give me a bunch of 'somedays'. Plant your ass and scribble, type, keyboard. If you have any talent at all it will leak out despite your failure to pay attention in English."[The Instrumentalities of the Night: An Interview with Glen Cook, The SF Site, September 2005]"
Author: Glen Cook
18. "Time is one thing you should pay attention to. One day, you'll find there's never enough of it."
Author: Heather Davis
19. "He only tells the story once but you see it from about 8 points of view, you have to pay attention the whole time to see whether something seems to be true or is just what somebody says is true."
Author: Helen DeWitt
20. "Once I began to hear and pay attention to my fledgling ideas, the biggest hurdle was to learn how to respect them. That was hard, because the real way to respect an idea is to invest the attention and work needed to develop it."
Author: Janet Echelman
21. "At 6:30, which was when the national news began, my father raised the volume and adjusted the antennas. Usually I occupied myself with a book, but that night my father insisted that I pay attention."
Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
22. "Peter sighed into the water, and his breath sent a small circle of it into tiny ripples. "It seems cowardly, getting old. Don't you think?" She rolled onto her side to look at him, pillowing her ear with her right arm, and letting her fingers dangle in the water beyond her head. "How is it cowardly?"Peter kept his eyes on his reflection. "You just curl up around yourself, and sit by the fire, and try to be comfortable. When you get old, you just get smaller inside, and you try not to pay attention to anything but your blankets and your food and your bed.""Being comfortable is not a bad thing."Peter shrugged and turned his head to look at her as if it was a matter of fact. "Of course it is. Old people lock out all the scary, wild things. It's like they don't exist." She wanted to say that she would have liked for those things not to exist, either, but she held her tongue, because she didn't want to sound like a coward."
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
23. "He ran his hand up and down his left achilles tendon. Very tender; better pay attention to it and back off if it gets any worse. Maybe ice it. The old Injury Evasion Fandango. Did it ever end?"
Author: John L. Parker Jr.
24. "I could go insane if I obsessed over every little detail of all of my companies. My management philosophy is to pay attention to the vital few and ignore the trivial many."
Author: John Paul DeJoria
25. "There's no more jam to be had.""Or bread?" Dougal asked, knowing what the answer would be."Nor bread," Angus said with a smirk.Dougal flicked his hand in the butler's direction. "Then you may go."Angus's smile faded, and he glared at Dougal until Sophia said softly, "Angus, that will be all."The buter scowled but obediently tromped from the room."He loves me," Dougal said simply.Sophia's lips twitched. "I doubt that.""No,no,I'm certain of it.He's constantly staring at me and cannot seem to stay away.But the most telling symptom is the way he gets upset when I pay attention to another woman."
Author: Karen Hawkins
26. "Also pay attention if a tree or whatnot says something about two bulls."
Author: Kristin Cast
27. "It was all here for me, just as it has all been here for you, the best and the worst of Western Civilization, if you cared to pay attention: music, finance, government, architecture, law and sculpture and painting, history and medicine and athletics and every sort of science, and books, books, books, and teachers and role models.People so smart you can't believe it, and people so dumb you can't believe it. People so nice you can't believe it, and people so mean you can't believe it."
Author: Kurt Vonnegut
28. "Become a good noticer. Pay attention to the feelings, hunches, and intuitions that flood your life each day. If you do, you will see that premonitions are not rare, but a natural part of our lives."
Author: Larry Dossey
29. "Believe me, when my ‘personal endowments' are being discussed, I always pay attention." ~ Cam Rohan"
Author: Lisa Kleypas
30. "My job is to pay attention to my children's genius and allow those leanings to lead them to their future."
Author: Lisa Whelchel
31. "I'm not really the one in my family who knows everything that's going on, because I don't really pay attention."
Author: Mackenzie Rosman
32. "Why does it scare me to think I might be ordinary? I remember when I started first grade and I could hardly pay attention for fear I wouldn't learn to read and write. I didn't want to be like everyone else. I didn't want to have to learn. I wanted to know everything already"
Author: Margaret Sartor
33. "Santino, never let anyone outside the family know what you are thinking.Never let them know what you have under your fingernails. I think your brain is goingsoft from all that comedy you play with that young girl. Stop it and pay attention tobusiness. Now get out of my sight."
Author: Mario Puzo
34. "Walk slowly through the world and pay attention"
Author: Marty Rubin
35. "I used to be a real prince charming if I went on a date with a girl. But then I'd get to where I was likely to have a stroke from the stress of keeping up my act. I've since learned the key to a good date is to pay attention on her."
Author: Matthew Perry
36. "I'm just kind of odd. There are dark forces in the world, and if you pay attention to what's going on around you, you end up incorporating it into the storytelling. Maybe it's some aspect of myself that's coming through that people are seeing, that I am in fact a quiet psycho."
Author: Michael Shannon
37. "Suffering is my teacher. If I pay attention to it instead of trying to numb it out, maybe it can lead me to its root."
Author: Michelle Colston
38. "I've been with certain stars; some are caring and pay attention to their fans and to their fellow performers and some are too busy. Elvis never seemed too busy."
Author: Minnie Pearl
39. "For me, it seems to help me take the pressure off if I don't pay attention to what other people are telling me."
Author: Missy Franklin
40. "They kept yelling at me to pay attention during school, since education hasn't panned out for me can I get a refund, or at least a rebate?"
Author: Neil Leckman
41. "[But] just as unseen worlds unfold to those who read a book, so worlds hidden to hurried sight unfold to those who choose to spend more than a few moments cultivating their relationship with nature. Paying attention is the key: we interact with each other when we allow it to engage our attention, when we 'read' it with absorption, as we would read a book. [Even] the ficus tree in the office cubicle or the oak planted in the urban sidewalk offers undreamed-of wonders to those who pay attention. Just because to literate people reading a book is unremarkable, available to anyone who can learn the alphabet, it is no less magical. Among my people, children are taught to read books; among some other peoples, children are taught to read the trees."
Author: Priscilla Stuckey
42. "I suddenly turn my head to the blonde tall girl in tight high boots and mini tight skirt. Her shirt is—I think-in wrong size, because it is obviously too small and looks like her second skin. You can almost see her belly button. Not that I pay attention to her belly button. But everytime I see someone who's dressing like a fucking whore, I always imagining her belly button even I do not want to. I don't even care about her boobs or whatever. That is so weird, I probably have some major disorder."
Author: Rea Lidde
43. "We know that's the bottom line: if money is made, the powers that be pay attention."
Author: Regina King
44. "So it is with the mind, Nandini. Allow it to be in balance. Avoid extremes: the middle way is better. Neither force the mind too hard into concentration nor let it wander aimlessly. Meditation is to pay attention, to be aware of your breathing, your posture, your feelings, your perceptions, your thoughts, and all that passes through your mind and the mind itself; whatever is going on within you and between you and the universe. Meditation is not just sitting for an hour here or an hour there; meditation is a way of life. It is practiced all the time. There is no separation between meditation and everyday living. When you have ceased to be bound by the past or by the future, when you are fully present in the here and now, then it is meditation."
Author: Satish Kumar
45. "The capacity to pay attention to an afflicted person is something very rare, very difficult; it is nearly a miracle. It is a miracle. Nearly all those who believe they have this capacity do not. Warmth, movements of the heart, and pity are not sufficient."
Author: Simone Weil
46. "Our problem is that we don't pay attention to what we actually know. We give our attention to what we think—to what we have ideas or beliefs about—and we discard what we actually see."
Author: Steve Hagen
47. "That we are not totally transformed, that we can turn away, turn the page, switch the channel, does not impugn the ethical value of an assault by images. It is not a defect that we are not seared, that we do not suffer enough, when we see these images. Neither is the photograph supposed to repair our ignorance about the history and causes of the suffering it picks out and frames. Such images cannot be more than an invitation to pay attention, to reflect, to learn, to examine the rationalizations for mass suffering offered by established powers. Who caused what the picture shows? Who is responsible? Is it excusable? Was it inevitable? Is there some state of affairs which we have accepted up to now that ought to be challenged? All this, with the understanding that moral indignation, like compassion, cannot dictate a course of action."
Author: Susan Sontag
48. "... you are in pain. Relax. Take a breath. Let's pay attention to what is happening. Then we'll figure out what to do. [p. 10]"
Author: Sylvia Boorstein
49. "I began to pay attention to Scripture and meet people who walked the walk, and little by little, I guess you could call me a born again Christian. 1978 is when I found my walk with the Lord."
Author: Tony Orlando
50. "If you are interested in writing, get out and live your life! Do a lot. See a lot. Keep your eyes and ears open. Pay attention to the different ways people speak. Read lots of different kinds of books. And then try writing in different voices and styles - don't be afraid to experiment."
Author: Wendelin Van Draanen

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