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  • Socially inferior animals are the ones that make the most strenuous, resourceful efforts to get to know their keepers. They prove to be the ones most faithful to them…it is a fact commonly known in the trade.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • To prosper, a zoo needs parliamentary government, democratic elections, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of association, rule of law and everything else enshrined in India's Constitution. Impossible to enjoy the animals otherwise. Long-term, bad politics is bad for business.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • We commonly say in the trade that the most dangerous animal in a zoo is Man.
    (Yann Martel, "Life of Pi")
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  • I'm serious. I don't know how you work like that. My school shit is better organized, and I'm not in the business of World Domination.
    (Zadie Smith, "White Teeth")
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  • It always takes a man that never made much at any thing to tell you how to run your business, though. Like these college professors without a whole pair of socks to his name, telling you how to make a million in ten years, and a woman that couldn't even get a husband can always tell you how to raise a family.
    (William Faulkner, "The Sound and the Fury")
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  • Tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than once.
    (William Shakespeare, "Much Ado About Nothing")
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  • Tis in ourselves that we are thus or thus. Our bodies are our gardens, to the which our wills are gardeners: so that if we will plant nettles, or sow lettuce, set hyssop and weed up tine, supply it with one gender of herbs, or distract it with many, either to have it sterile with idleness, or manured with industry, why, the power and corrigible authority of this lies in our wills.
    (William Shakespeare, "Othello")
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  • She left me the way people leave a hotel room. A hotel room is a place to be when you are doing something else. Of itself it is of no consequence to one's major scheme. A hotel room is convenient. But its convenience is limited to the time you need it while you are in that particular town on that particular business; you hope it is comfortable, but prefer, rather, that it be anoymous. It is not, after all, where you live.
    (Toni Morrison, "The Bluest Eye")
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  • Are we so made that we have to take death in small doses daily or we could not go on with the business of living?
    (Virginia Woolf, "Orlando")
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  • Positioned on my dresser, that white-as-snow rose is a personal message to me. It speaks of unfinished business. It whispers, I can find you. I can reach you. Perhaps I am watching you now.
    (Suzanne Collins, "Mockingjay")
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  • But in high school the business of irrevocable choices began. Doors slipped shut with a faint locking click that was only heared clearly in the dreams of later years.
    (Stephen King, "Cujo")
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  • What if there were no grownups? Suppose the whole idea of grownups was an illusion? What if their money was really just playground marbles, their business deals no more than baseball-card trades, their wars only games of guns in the park? What if they were all still snotty-nosed kids inside their suits and dresses? Christ, that couldn't be, could it? It was too horrible to think about.
    (Stephen King, "Hearts in Atlantis")
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  • Wennerström was devoting himself to fraud that was so extensive it was no longer merely criminal-it was business.
    (Stieg Larsson, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo")
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  • There is no question that I am the only thing standing between these animals and the business practices of August and Uncle Al, and what my father would do--what my father would want me to do--is look after them, and I am filled with that absolute and unwavering conviction. No matter what I did last night, I cannot leave these animals. I am their shepherd, their protector.
    (Sara Gruen, "Water for Elephants")
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  • Still, there was also was something reassuring about working for Commercial, almost hopeful. Like things that were lost could be found again. As we drove away, I always tried to imagine what it would be like to open your door to find something you had given up on.
    (Sarah Dessen, "Lock and Key")
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