From “The Boss Actually Said This: Pay Me Less,” in the New York Times (accessed through Lexis-Nexis):
Mr. Berman recalls when he realized how wacky corporate compensation practices had become. He was working for a large firm and had just received his first bonus that was more than his salary. “After hearing the amount from my boss, I immediately called my father with the news,” he wrote. “The first words out of his mouth were ‘don’t ever feel that you are worth it.’ I don’t want him to say that to me again.”
Who says that to his son? I would sob.
ETA The other line for today is from Zadie Smith, who is just wicked with her sentences. F’ing brilliant. From The Autograph Man. Here, the main character is at dinner with a companion when a young star, Shylar, walks into the hotel bar and draws his attention:
“Sexual vortex,” said Alex, feeling it as strong as the next man. “Symbolic sexual vortex, added to by means of infinite repetition, televisual sheen. Not necessarily prettier than the waitress. Or you. Or me. Irrelevant. She is the power of seventeen. You remember the power of seventeen? It’s nuclear. She’s seventeen for the whole world.”
I can think of several famous names to which I could attach that exact description.