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The lesson of these new insights is that our brain is entirely like any of our physical muscles: Use it or lose it. — Ray Kurzweil




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The opportunity to truly Live doesn"t wait. Either We USE it or We LOSE it.-RVM — R.v.m.


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Perspective - Use It or Lose It. — Richard Bach


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With no gravitational force to work against, your body not only doesn"t need the same amount of muscle and bone, it starts breaking them down. As on Earth, so in space: use it or lose it. And exercise may not solve the problem. — Neil DeGrasse Tyson


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Use it or lose it" is a law of nature, but mercifully "not a soul will be lost" is a law of the spirit that supersedes it. — Arianna Huffington


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Ranger declined the butterscotch pudding, not wanting to disrupt the consistency of his blood sugar level. I had two puddings and coffee, choosing to keep my pancreas at peak performance. Use it or lose it is my philosophy. — Janet Evanovich


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It"s possible to make one"s own grape pest disease culture by looking for sick or dead caterpillars. If sick, they will lose color and move slowly, if at all. At death, they often hang limp and darkened from a leaf by a spot of "glue." Several of these are all you need to treat an acre of vines. Whiz them in a blender with a quart of water, strain, and dilute to spray your vines. Use right away, as this mixture will start to putrefy after just twelve hours. It"s a bit grisly, but very cheap and very effective. Just don"t forget to clean the blender — Jeff Cox


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So use all that is called fortune. Most men gamble with her, and gain all and lose all, as her wheel rolls ... A political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick or the return of your absent friend, or some other favorable event raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. Do not believe it. Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles. — Pat Tillman


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Money is like an arm or leg- use it or lose it. — Henry Ford


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Use it or lose it is a cliche because it"s true. — Julian Cope


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The four points of the compass be logic, knowledge, wisdom and the unknown. Some do bow in that final direction. Others advance upon it. To bow before the one is to lose sight of the three. I may submit to the unknown, but never to the unknowable. The man who bows in that final direction is either a saint or a fool. I have no use for either. — Roger Zelazny


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Though time seems to expand or contract between idle and frantic moments, it passes the same in both: second by second. You can neither lose it or create it. Use it wisely. — Gavin Mills


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Everybody"s playing the game but nobody"s rules are the same ... Never make a promise or plan. Take a little love where you can ... Never stay too long in your bed. Never lose your heart, use your head ... Never take a stranger"s advice. Never let a friend fool you twice ... Never be the first to believe. Never be the last to deceive ... Never leave a moment too soon. Never waste a hot afternoon ... Never stay a minute too long. Don"t forget the best will go wrong ... Better learn to go it alone. Recognise you"re out on your own. Nobody"s on nobody"s side. — Tim Rice


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The only use of knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. — Alfred North Whitehead


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It is believed that the average person uses no more than 10% of his or her potential. Ten percent! We"re not even scratching the surface of what we"re capable of. We are all blessed with a continent of unexplored gifts and talents. Use them, or lose them! — Clifton Anderson


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It"s easy to get lost in our own heads. It"s easy to allow the thoughts and worries and plans and hopes to take on their own lives and control our minds in such a way that we lose sight of all that"s around us in any given moment. It"s difficult to allow those thoughts and problems to take a back seat in our lives in order to be completely aware of what"s right here, right now. Perhaps there"s a person who really could use you to take a couple of moments to pay attention to him or her; perhaps there"s a cool autumn breeze that"s going to calm your spirit with its amazing touchbut only if you actually notice it. — Tom Walsh


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We"re meant to stay connected to our hearts, you see. Feeling our feelings, present in the moments we"re given. But we don"t do that. And that"s when we get in trouble ... We mature and take responsibility for ourselves and others, and that"s a good thing. But we"re never meant to lose that alive quality, to get cut off from our true hearts. Growing up isn"t the same thing as shutting down ... We can fight it. We have to fight it. Because when our hearts shut down, we become mere shells of who we once were. We don"t laugh - not honestly, not from the heart. We don"t dream. We don"t feel our feelings or use our gifts. We end up trying to just survive instead of live. It"s like we"ve handed our hearts over to the enemy of our souls and said, "Here you can have it. I"m giving up. — Denise Hildreth Jones


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If we lose our Money, it gives us some Concern. If we are cheated or robb"d of it, we are angry: But Money lost may be found; what we are robb"d of may be restored: The Treasure of Time once lost, can never be recovered; yet we squander it as tho" "twere nothing worth, or we had no Use for it ... — Benjamin Franklin


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The expression "to lose one"s faith", as one might a purse or a ring of keys, has always seemed to me rather foolish. It must be one of those sayings of bourgeois piety, a legacy of those wretched priests of the eighteenth century who talked so much.Faith is not a thing which one "loses", we merely cease to shape our lives by it. That is why old-fashioned confessors are not far wrong in showing a certain amount of scepticism when dealing with "intellectual crises", doubtless far more rare than people imagine. An educated man may come by degrees to tuck away his faith in some back corner of his brain, where he can find it again on reflection, by an effort of memory: yet even if he feels a tender regret for what no longer exists and might have been, the term "faith" would nevertheless be inapplicable to such an abstraction, no more like real faith, to use a very well-worn simile, than the constellation of Cygne is like a swan. — Georges Bernanos


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I must try to enjoy all the graces that God has given me today. Grace cannot be hoarded. There are no banks where it can be deposited to be used when I feel more at peace with myself. If I do not make full use of these blessings, I will lose them forever.God knows that we are all artists of life. One day, he gives us a hammer with which to make sculptures, another day he gives us brushes and paints with which to make a picture, or paper and a pencil to write with. But you cannot make a painting with a hammer, or a sculpture with a paintbrush. Therefore, however difficult it may be, I must accept today"s small blessings, even if they seem like curses because I am suffering and it"s a beautiful day, the sun is shining, and the children are singing in the street. This is the only way I will manage to leave my pain behind and rebuild my life. — Paulo Coelho


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Advice? Fail constantly. Because the word doesn"t mean what you think it means, especially when you"re an artist. I use the word artist to mean everything from songwriting to writing a novel to even writing video games. Anything that tells a story, which is almost any medium. Gotta take risks, you gotta go through multiple drafts which means you have to FAIL, a lot. So you won"t always get the reaction you always want from every single person, so when you lose that fear of failure, when you stop even thinking of it as failure, and you push yourself farther, you"ll take bigger risks, and eventually, after about six or seven hundred rejections, you"ll find success. And you"ll find a way of conveying what you really want to say, in the best manner. — Victor Giannini


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After finishing the first draft, I work for as long as it takes (for two or three weeks, most often) to rework that first draft on a computer. Usually that involves expansion: filling in and adding to, but trying not to lose the spontaneous, direct sound. I use that first draft as a touchstone to make sure everything else in that section has the same sound, the same tone and impression of spontaneity. — Kent Haruf


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It"s interesting to look at your children as line-in Zen masters who can put their finger on places where you"re resistant, or thinking narrowly, in ways noone else can. You can either lose your mind and your authenticity in the process of reacting to all that stuff, or you can use it as the perfect opportunity to grow and nourish your children by attending to what is deepest and best in them and in yourself. — Jon Kabat-Zinn


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It"s the what if? The what then? And we know that if we go for it, if we risk it, we immediately stand to lose it. But weirdly, some part of us believes the feeling is two-way, because it must be; it"s too special not to be. We believe that something"s been shared, even if the evidence we have is ... what? A look that lasted a breath longer then we"re used to? A second glance, when the glance could easily have been to check whether there are any cabs coming, or whether the jacket we"re wearing that"s caught their eyes would look good on their boyfriend, or why it is we seem to be staring at them.I saw you. You don"t use overhead handles on the train. Hoped it would jolt and you would fall to me. But no.I smiled. These small moments, never said out loud, as formed and perfect as sweet little haikus, romance and longing carved out in the dust of a grubby city. — Danny Wallace


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I don"t have many friends, not the living, breathing sort at any rate. And I don"t mean that in a sad and lonely way; I"m just not the type of person who accumulates friends or enjoys crowds. I"m good with words, but not spoken kind; I"ve often thought what a marvelous thing it would be if I could only conduct relationships on paper. And I suppose, in a sense, that"s what I do, for I"ve hundreds of the other sort, the friends contained within bindings, pages after glorious pages of ink, stories that unfold the same way every time but never lose their joy, that take me by the hand and lead me through doorways into worlds of great terror and rapturous delight. Exciting, worthy, reliable companions - full of wise counsel, some of them - but sadly ill-equipped to offer the use of a spare bedroom for a month or two. — Kate Morton


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We have more than we use. — Ralph Waldo Emerson


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If Washington were President now, he would have to learn our ways or lose his next election. Only fools and theorists imagine that our society can be handled with gloves or long poles. One must make one"s self a part of it. If virtue won"t answer our purpose, we must use vice, or our opponents will put us out of office, and this was as true in Washington"s day as it is now, and always will be. — Henry Adams


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3. Learn the Will Skill. Many people believe that fitness and exercise are all about willpower - whether you have it or not. Will is important, but people forget that willpower is a skill with its own rules and tricks to practice. For example, recent research shows that if people can distract their attention for just a few minutes, they can suppress negative urges and make better decisions.8 Sharman W. used this idea to help her avoid cheating on her diet. She listed the ten reasons she wanted to lose weight and created the following rule: She could cheat on her diet, but only after reading her list and calling her sister. This extra step introduced a delay and brought in social support from her sister. Other strategies our Changers use include taking short walks, repeating poems they have memorized, and drinking a glass of water. The key is to be aware of the impulse and to focus on something different until the impulse goes away. — Kerry Patterson


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All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. We have been given the power to close the door of the mind. We can lose this power through disuse or increase it by use, by the daily discipline of the inner man in things which seem small and by reliance upon the word of the Spirit of truth. It is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is as though He said, "Learn to live in your will, not in your feelings." — Amy Carmichael


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Tax systems are essentially the mechanisms by which societies decide what people have to share with each other versus what they can keep for themselves.Instead of taxing production and consumption, we can simply capture land value instead. Maxim: Keep what you earn, pay for what you use.In such a system, employees, consumers, business owners, business investors, homeowners, farmers and even retirees would be better off. Only those who use land inefficiently or seek to profit from it directly would lose - land speculators, banks, mining companies, extractive industries. — Martin Adams


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I can focus for hours on end reading, writing, or playing poker. The rest of the world disappears; I can forget it exists. It calms me, and the stress melts away. When I"m focused on one of my interests, I lose track of time, forget to eat, and am annoyed at even the interruption of needing to use the bathroom. — Jeannie Davide-Rivera


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Who"s counting? It was, of course, the minority who were counting. It always is. Most of the women I know today would dearly like to use their fingers and toes for some activity more enthralling than counting. They have been counting for so long. But the peculiar problem of the new math is that every time we stop adding, somebody starts subtracting. At the very least (the advanced students will understand this) the rate of increase slows ... The minority members of any group or profession have two answers: They can keep score or they can lose. — Ellen Goodman


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I say, "Use it or lose it." I have my own fitness regime, which is centred around stretching, free-weights and fast walking. I also have a trainer half of the year, as I spend my summers in the south of France where I swim a lot. — Joan Collins


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One reason why men and women lose their heads so often is that they use them so little! It is the same with everything. If we have anything that is valuable, it must be put to some sort of use. If a man"s muscles are neglected, he soon has none, or rather none worth mentioning. The more the mind is used the more flexible it becomes, and the more it takes upon itself new interests. — George Matthew Adams


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Ironically, we may discover that death meditation is not a morbid exercise at all. Only when we lose the use of something taken for granted (whether the telephone or an eye) are we jolted into a recognition of its value. When the phone is fixed, the bandage removed from the eye, we briefly rejoice in their restoration but swiftly forget them again. In taking them for granted, we cease to be conscious of them. In taking life for granted, we likewise fail to notice it. (To the extent that we get bored and long for something exciting to happen.) By meditat- ing on death, we paradoxically become conscious of life. — Stephen Batchelor


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A photograph doesn"t gain weight or lose weight, or change from being happy to being sad. It"s frozen. You can use it, then recycle it. — Chuck Close


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You try to do as much as you can on set because practical looks cool and practical looks great. Until you get to a point where the reality is you look at it - and I went through this in my last movie which was a war film, which my brother fought in Iraq and I did a ton of research and as much as I could made it documentary-like - and then at some point on set, the reality is somebody says to you, "You know, you can use a real squib and you can have three hours of clean up and you can lose five shots or we can do that blood explosion in post and you can get those five extra shots." — Kimberly Peirce


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The soul integrates the will and mind and body. Sin disintegrates them. In sin, my appetite for lust or anger or superiority dominates my will. My will, which was made to rule my body, becomes enslaved to what my body wants. When I flatter other people, I learn to use my mouth and my face to conceal my true thoughts and intentions. This always requires energy: I am disintegrating my body from my mind. I hate, but I can"t admit it even to myself, so I must distort my perception of reality to rationalize my hatred: I disintegrate my thoughts from the reality. Sin ultimately makes long-term gratitude or friendship or meaning impossible. Sin eventually destroys my capacity even for enjoyment, let alone meaning. It distorts my perceptions, alienates my relationships, inflames my desires, and enslaves my will. This is what it means to lose your soul. — John Ortberg


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Build a system that even a fool can use, and only a fool will want to use it. — George Bernard Shaw


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Without wonder, there"s no progress. Nothing gets done, nobody goes anywhere. If you don"t exercise your capacity for wonder ... well, use it or lose it. A civilization without wonder is a civilization that"s starting to atrophy and die. — Brian Hodge


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Is there a phone I can use? (Talon)In the kitchen. (Sunshine)Could you please bring it to me? (Talon)It"s not cordless. I always lose those things or I drop them someplace and break them. The last one I had ended up drowning in the toilet. (Sunshine) — Sherrilyn Kenyon


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She had switched from counting her years not up from birth, but back from death - a grab-bag of time not growing, but shrinking, use it or lose it. — Lois McMaster Bujold


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The bait"s got a theory; the bait"s finding a practice, working it out; the bait"s going to write it down and she don"t have to use words, she"ll make signs, in blood, she"s good at bleeding, boys, the vein"s open, boys, the bait"s got plenty, each month more and more without dying for a certain long period of her life, she can lose it or use it, she works in broad strokes, she makes big gestures, big signs; oh and honey there"s so much bait around that there"s going to be a bloodbath in the old town tonight, when the new art gets its start. — Andrea Dworkin


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I lose my cell phone so much that I switch it every month or so, but Sony Ericsson is usually what I use. — Chris Pratt


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Lies are usually attempts to make everything simpler - for the liar - than it really is, or ought to be.In lying to others we end up lying to ourselves. We deny the importance of an event, or a person, and thus deprive ourselves of a part of our lives. Or we use one piece of the past or present to screen out another. Thus we lose faith even within our own lives. — Adrienne Rich


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Franval, who was now absolutely at ease, thought on,y of upsetting others; he behaved in his vindictive, unruly, impetuous way when he was disturbed; he desired his own tranquility again at any price, and in order to obtain it he clumsily adopted the only means most likely to make him lose it once again. If he obtained it he used all his moral and physical facilities only to do harm to others; he was therefore always in a state of agitation, he had either to anticipate the wiles which he forced others to employ against him, or else he had to use them against others. — Marquis De Sade


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When people feel threatened and anxious they become more rigid, and when in doubt they tend to become dogmatic; and then they lose their own vitality. They use the remnants of traditional values to build a protective encasement and then shrink behind it; or they make an outright panicky retreat into the past. But — Rollo May


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Quite a few people still listen to vinyl records, use film cameras to take photographs, and look up phone numbers in the printed Yellow Pages. But the old technologies lose their economic and cultural force. They become progress"s dead ends. It"s the new technologies that govern production and consumption, that guide people"s behavior and shape their perceptions. That"s why the future of knowledge and culture no longer lies in books or newspapers or TV shows or radio programs or records or CDs. It lies in digital files shot through our universal medium at the speed of light. — Nicholas Carr


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Tell your readers to use it or lose it. If you don"t use your muscles, they get weak. If you don"t use your mind it begins to fail. — John Templeton


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But it is important to realize we are all trapped in mental constructs, and so we separate ourselves from reality; the whole world loses its aliveness-or, rather, we lose our ability to sense that aliveness, the sacredness of nature. When we approach nature through the conceptualizing mind, we see a forest as a commodity, a concept. We no longer see it for what it truly is, but for what we want to use it as. It is reduced. This is how it becomes possible for humans to destroy the planet without realizing what they are doing. — Eckhart Tolle


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Don"t you think," said Father Rothschild gently, "that perhaps it is all in some way historical? I don"t think people ever want to lose their faith either in religion or anything else. I know very few young people, but it seems to me that they are all possessed with an almost fatal hunger for permanence. I think all these divorces show that. People aren"t content just to muddle along nowadays ... And this word "bogus" they all use ... They won"t make the best of a bad job nowadays. My private schoolmaster used to say, "If a thing"s worth doing at all, it"s worth doing well." My Church has taught that in different words for several centuries. But these young people have got hold of another end of the stick, and for all we know it may be the right one. They say, "If a thing"s not worth doing well, it"s not worth doing at all." It makes everything very difficult for them. — Evelyn Waugh


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Sovereignty, for the same reason as makes it in alienable, cannot be represented; it lies essentially in the general will, and will does not admit of representation: it is either the same, or other; there is no intermediate possibility. The deputies of the people, therefore, are not and cannot be its representatives: they are merely its stewards, and can carry through no definitive acts. Every law the people has not ratified in person is null and void is in fact, not a law. The people of England regards itself as free; but it is grossly mistaken; it is free only during the election of members of parliament. As soon as they are elected, slavery overtakes it, and it is nothing. The use it makes of the short moments of liberty enjoys shows indeed that it deserves to lose them. — Jean-Jacques Rousseau


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Because it is a "use it or lose it" brain, when we develop a map area , we long to keep it activated. Just as our muscles become impatient for exercise if we"ve been sitting all day ... — Norman Doidge


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Don"t lose yourself to anger. It"s gasoline. You can burn it as fuel, or you can use it to torch everything you care about and end up standing on a scorched battlefield, with everybody dead, even you-only your body doesn"t have the good grace to quit breathing — Karen Marie Moning


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When we want to give expression to a dramatic situation in our lives, we tend to use metaphors of heaviness. We say that something has become a great burden to us. We either bear the burden or fail and go down with it, we struggle with it, win or lose. And Sabina - what had come over her? Nothing. She had left a man because she felt like leaving him. Had he persecuted her? Had he tried to take revenge on her? No. Her drama was a drama not of heaviness but of lightness. What fell to her lot was not the burden, but the unbearable lightness of being. — Milan Kundera


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A machine is a great moral educator. If a horse or a donkey won"t go, men lose their tempers and beat it; if a machine won"t go, there is no use beating it. You have to think and try till you find what is wrong. That is real education. — Gilbert Murray


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If you want to retire happy, great health is important. The foundation for all happiness lies in health. Physical, mental, or spiritual health - you must use it or lose it! — Ernie J Zelinski


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That was pure, dumb Cool Girl bullshit. What a cunt. Again, I don"t get it: If you let a man cancel plans or decline to do things for you, you lose. You don"t get what you want. It"s pretty clear. Sure, he may be happy, he may say you"re the coolest girl ever, but he"s saying it because he got his way. He"s calling you a Cool Girl to fool you! That"s what men do: They try to make it sound like you are the Cool Girl so you will bow to their wishes. Like a car salesman saying, How much do you want to pay for this beauty? when you didn"t agree to buy it yet. That awful phrase men use: "I mean, I know you wouldn"t mind if I ... " Yes, I do mind. Just say it. Don"t lose, you dumb little twat. — Gillian Flynn




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