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  1. Mine is when I found out that J. D. Salinger himself had special-ordered my book, Letters to J. D. Salinger, from a tiny bookstore in Vermont. Which told me that the great, zen, ego-less master had his curiosity piqued enough that he simply *had* to see what my book contained.
    The bookstore owner told the PR rep for my publisher about Mr. Salinger's purchase at BEA in 2002.
  2. We recently had an amazing actress on our web series -- The Walking Dads. She was in a Louis CK "Louie" episode and is fantastic at her craft. She told me that she was in awe of my improvisation skills and my sense of humor.
    It feels great when someone who is in the industry thinks I'm funny and that I'm doing a good job in comedic acting, as it's been a life long passion and interest that I just started pursuing.
    Suggested by @mallofamanda
  3. David Pogue responded to my sample chapter submission when I was pitching my first book by saying I was a natural and it was one of the best he'd seen.
    This wiped away a lot of insecurity in an instant. He we my editor and I went on to realize that He is a champion at making you feel good about and motivated by your work and I will always be grateful to him for it. He gives super smart deep insightful criticism in a way that always feels constructive. I loved him as an editor.
    Suggested by @gwcoffey
  4. Last night a coworker told me that when he retires in 2.5 years, there will be very few people he will miss and that I was included in that few.
    He explained that, in the nine months or so that we have worked together, he is impressed with me. I was then showered with compliments I feel as though I don't deserve but truly make me happy.
    Suggested by @e
  5. My childhood hero referred to me as "one of his closest friends"
    This was said as we dissolved a business relationship. Since then I don't think he still feels that way. Which is a bummer. But what a cool thing.
    Suggested by @dr_beexo
  6. "I think you're one of those secretly amazing people." Said by a college roommate. We were never very close, but it stuck with me.
    Suggested by @Creamz
  7. Some years ago, I was an auxiliary percussionist on tour with Pete Yorn. I played the tambourine and shakers with gusto. We did a show in New Orleans, and R.E.M. was recording in town. So they came to the show. I met Michael Stipe afterwards, and he said to me "You have great presence."
    Suggested by @tothemaxxx
  8. "You're magical"
    @jakebrandman said this to me in 2007 before we'd ever been on a date or held hands or kissed, and now we are married and have a magical baby and always have a smooch when one of us walks through the door. When someone sees the magic in you and isn't afraid of it, grab on tight, my friends! It's a great ride!!
    Suggested by @Jac
  9. "You seem like you don't apologize much"
    This was said to me by a really awesome regular of mine. A compliment like that for me is a proverbial glass-shattering slam dunk.
    Suggested by @maggiebard