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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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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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Wagner, whose Hollywood novels aspire to a more literary quality than most books about the glitterati, believes verisimilitude comes from a deep understanding of the industry's crueler impulses.
Playing with ideas of history, class, and doubling, City Self Country Self comments on the pathology of exploitation and the crueler side of human nature.
King Hussein's antidemocratic acts," he writes, "saved his kingdom from forces that would have been crueler than himself--His violence, therefore, was central to his virtue.
But, while he made the birdies, he could not have had crueler luck.
Shortly after Lea's arrival at the convent another harrowing incident occurs: members of the French Milice - frequently crueler than the Nazis themselves - make their way into the religious institution in an attempt to ferret out the Jewish girls whose parents had been sent to Drancy and then on to the concentration camps of Poland.
To suggest any of the three will ``end homelessness'' without the other two is not only a cruel hoax on the public but an even crueler hoax on those trying to find their way out of poverty and homelessness.
Rangers manager Dick Advocaat reckons fate could hardly have been crueler to his side in yesterday's UEFA Cup draw.
But no punishment is crueler or more unusual than the pain I have caused my victims.
Barthes had a different and crueler name for the Kuleshov effect: he called it "myth," by which he meant the superimposition of a universalizing generalization (in the Moscow example: the fullness of human emotion) onto a specific, limited but of representation as its second-order "meaning.
But the recent history of the Dodgers suggests Malone received the crueler fate.
Getting sick and knowing there is a medicine that can cure you but someone won't let you have that medicine is crueler.