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  • Now for a handful of guilders I happen to have a private and uncut performance of the rape of the Sabine Women - or rather woman, or rather Alfred -Get your skirt on Alfred!
    (Tom Stoppard, "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead")
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  • In Ohio seasons are theatrical. Each one enters like a prima donna, convinced its performance is the reason the world has people in it.
    (Toni Morrison, "Beloved")
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  • He's lost something, some illusion I used to think was necessary to him. He's come to realize he too is human. Or is this a performance, for my benefit, to show me he's up-to-date? Maybe men shouldn't have been told about their own humanity. It's only made them uncomfortable. It's only made them trickier, slier, more evasive, harder to read.
    (Margaret Atwood, "Cat's Eye")
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  • As long as that spark of passion is missing there is no human significance in the performance.
    (Henry Miller, "Tropic of Cancer")
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  • If I listen to some utterly perfect performance of an utterly perfect piece while I'm driving, I might want to close my eyes and die right then and there. But listening to the D major, I can feel the limits of what humans are capable of - that a certain type of perfection can only be realized through a limitless accumulation of the imperfect. And personally, I feel that encouraging. Do you know what I'm getting at?
    (Haruki Murakami, "Kafka on the Shore")
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  • God isn't interested in watching you enact some performance of personality in order to comply with some crackpot notion you have about how a spiritual person looks or behaves. We all seem to get this idea that, in order to be sacred, we have to make some massive, dramatic change of character, that we have to renounce our individuality.
    (Elizabeth Gilbert, "Eat, Pray, Love")
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  • She had a fierce pleasure in the idea of telling Margaret unwelcome truths, in the shape of performance of duty.
    (Elizabeth Gaskell, "North and South")
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  • The order never varies. Two slices of bread-and-butter each, and China tea. What a hide-bound couple we must seem, clinging to custom because we did so in England. Here, on this clean balcony, white and impersonal with centuries of sun, I think of half-past-four at Manderley, and the table drawn before the library fire. The door flung open, punctual to the minute, and the performance, never-varying, of the laying of the tea, the silver tray, the kettle, the snowy cloth.
    (Daphne du Maurier, "Rebecca")
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  • I have standards for performance, and I'm clearly not getting anywhere near them today. . . . I can play better than this.
    (Christine Whitman)
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  • Past performance doesn't have anything to do with future performance. It's a massive delusion. It's the most insane thing in the world. You want a pick a fund with low turnover where the management has been around for a long time.
    (John Gunn)
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  • Traditional arguments in favor of diversity often focus on ethics, morality and constitutionality. I wanted to look at the observable effects of diversity on performance.
    (Samuel Sommers)
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  • The institute's side-impact test mimics a real-world crash in which a pickup or SUV runs a red light or stop sign and strikes a vehicle in the side, ... The A6's double best-pick performance, especially, is the kind we hope to see every time we test a vehicle.
    (Adrian Lund)
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  • Freedom Rings has been closely analyzing the performance of its stores in the Philadelphia area over the past several months. After consultation with its creditors, it has been determined that closing the remaining four stores is the best way to maximize
    (Laura Smith)
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  • Half of his pay is dependent on the performance of the company, so that looks pretty reasonable relative to the pay of other CEOs at big companies. It probably doesn't look reasonable to the guy who just got laid off.
    (David Healy)
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  • Infrastructure spending and investment currently underway should remain supportive of industrial performance.
    (Rajeev Malik)
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