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goodbye, cruel world

cliché An exclamation, note, or statement made immediately prior to one's death, especially by suicide. We felt as though we never had closure after Tom committed suicide. We never even knew he was contemplating taking his own life, and his note merely said "Goodbye, cruel world." The gunslinger lay on the ground, bleeding into the dust. "Goodbye, cruel world," he gasped with his last breath. And with that, he perished.
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You have to be cruel to be kind.

something that you say when you do something to someone that will upset them now because you think it will help them in the future I told her she's just not good enough to be a professional dancer - sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind. I know you have to be cruel to be kind, Sam, but telling Amy that she looks fat in her party dress was a bit harsh.
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144) It described the Harris factors and then stated that the totality of facts must show more than unpleasantness, cruelness, or vulgarity, (145) citing a 1997 Fourth Circuit case, Hartsell v.
Throughout his work he continued to ask questions about the slavery of intellectual repression, the perils of having limited perception, intolerance, the cruelness of society, the folly of mercenary pursuits, the corruption of childhood innocence by greed and the bonds wrought by materialism, rationalism, religion and even marriage.
It was like that moment in Forrest Gump when Tom Hanks - in defiance of the cruelness of the world around him - decides that he's going to run.
But Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said the new figures exposed the cruelness of the Coalition's Bedroom Tax.
It's all very well that he apologised for his actions but I fear Browne's cruelness has soiled his name in Scottish football - for the rest of his career he will always have this hanging over his head and it is a stigma he may never be able to remove.