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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

You must be blunt and honest with someone in order to help them realize something that may help them; it is sometimes necessary to hurt someone's feelings in order to tell them the truth. I'm not going to sit here and tell Judith that she's a shoo-in when she's clearly not ready for her audition. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
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be cruel to be kind

To be blunt and honest with someone in order to help them realize something that may help them. This phrase expresses the idea that it is sometimes necessary to hurt someone's feelings in order to tell them the truth. I'm not going to sit here and tell Judith that she's a shoo-in when she's clearly not ready for her audition. Sometimes you have to be cruel to be kind.
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you have to be cruel to be kind

When people say you have to be cruel to be kind, they mean that sometimes if you are unkind to someone it will be the best thing for them. `I have to be cruel to be kind,' said Lindsay. `If I don't control his food, he will eat himself to death.'
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be cruel to be kind

act towards someone in a way which seems harsh but will ultimately be of benefit.
In Shakespeare 's Hamlet, ‘I must be cruel only to be kind’ was Hamlet's explanation of his reasons for bullying his mother about her second marriage.
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be ˌcruel to be ˈkind

use unpleasant methods because they are necessary to help somebody: I was worried about Katie getting too involved with Steve so I eventually told her about his drug addiction — you’ve got to be cruel to be kind sometimes. OPPOSITE: kill somebody with kindness
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What he (Lu Xun) "saw" and "discovered" was not only the brutality of the execution or the brutality of the onlookers, but the directness, brutality and cruelness of the film medium (photography-image--the author's note) .
According to Hatim Al-Saqr, professor of Modern Literary and Criticism in Sana'a University, the Handala cartoons imply the bitterness as well as the cruelness of desert life.
2) According to the tone and content of the Jornada, we do not consider as a negative presage Garcia de Arce's order to kill several Indians, for throughout the Jornada cruelness is only a scandal when it is exercised against the Spanish men.
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.