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Collected Quotes for the Month: August 2017

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Forgiveness is a conversation, not a decision.
“This morning’s therapy session was about Forgiveness” [So Let’s Talk About]

[…] when you find something good in this world, you’d best hold on. With love, not desperation.
Queen Sugar: Season 2/ Episode 8 “Freedom’s Plow” [Mid-Season Finale]

One of the most important things a woman can control is her own story.
Queen Sugar: Season 2/ Episode 8 “Freedom’s Plow” [Mid-Season Finale]

A strong woman doesn’t get there just because she woke up one day and she was strong. You know, a strong woman is almost earned. […] You go through a series of events in your life that make you stronger each time and if you can keep getting up and dusting yourself off, it’s very rewarding.
“Episode 10: Kris Jenner” Never Before with Janet Mock

My motto in life has always been: If somebody says “No,” you’re talking to the wrong person.
“Episode 10: Kris Jenner” Never Before with Janet Mock

I think I’m just a big personality and I think that gets misread. I mean, even coming up in college, it’s like ‘You’re just like —You’re too much! You’re too much!’ You know what I mean? […] So it’s like growing into your looks. I kind of had to grow into my personality.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

Sometimes you do have to hit people with an extreme example for them to even see a modicum of what you are trying to say.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

No, you’re not a diva, you’re not difficult, you’re just difficult to fuck over. […] You’re not difficult, you’re just particular. You’re not demanding, […] you just hold people accountable. […] You get these things misconstrued and people will manipulate you to feel like these things that are actually positive are negative.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

If you’re not living in your truth, you’re not going to be able to be where you’re supposed to be, and I consider your truth to be your compass to your purpose. And if you’re not living in that truth, then you are being steered by other worldly things that don’t necessarily have your best interest at heart.
Amanda Seales (The Breakfast Club – 8/9/2017)

People think I don’t know when I’m being picked on, but I do. I just don’t always know why, which, in some ways, is worse.
“A Human Female.” Atypical

If I were to come across the same situation again, I’m sure I would do the same thing over and over again. But no matter what I do, I can’t deny the feeling that I could have done it better.
— “Mayoi Hell.” Owarimonogatari

Sometimes saying goodbye means you’re making room for something better.
— Insecure: Season 2/ Episode 6 “Hella Blows”

[…] when enough people make false promises, words stop meaning anything. Then there are no more answers, only better and better lies.

— “The Dragon and the Wolf.” Game of Thrones

Just as quickly as someone enters, they can leave. People make mistakes. They disappoint. And you’re left with yourself. Being alone is unbearable when you’ve enjoyed a reprieve with togetherness. I believed in the power of companionship. What I did not know then was that no one can heal you. You must learn to be your own company, your own cure. You cannot retreat into someone else for fulfillment.
— “Part 1/ Chapter 6.″ Surpassing Certainty


We got to where we are with the help of God, but we got here slowly, more slowly than some wanted. But that’s how long it took, and I expect justice in this realm will take longer to achieve than most want to. But I’m prepared to practice patience.
— “House Rules.” Greenleaf

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Collected Quotes For The Month: July 2017

Collected Quotes for the Month of July 2017

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Feeling like you are the subject and not the object is such a crazy shift in autonomy.
Kathryn Hahn – THR Full Comedy Actress Roundtable

Hopefully, the goal in being yourself is that it puts you on the right path.
Sam Jones (The Off Camera Show)

Lives are saved by tough drill instructors and in the absence of one, you have to be your own.
— “Robert Downey Jr.” Off Camera with Sam Jones

[…] if somebody has not made space for themselves yet, they can’t really make space for anybody else.
— “Robert Downey Jr.” Off Camera with Sam Jones

When you’re a fairly friendless child, […] you develop really intense relationships with media.
— “Episode 5: Lena Dunham.” Never Before with Janet Mock

“You had two kinds of guys we ran into at that time. There were the kinds of guys that wanted to go home at five o’clock, and their interest in what you were doing didn’t exceed the normal demands of the day for them. And those guys never lasted. Because when you’re trying to push the boundaries on things and when you’re moving into different types of frontiers, you need to be surrounded by people who really believe in what you’re doing.”
The Defiant Ones – Part 1

“The way I operate is completely on how I feel. How do you make me feel? […] How does this environment make me feel? If it makes me feel fucked up, I’m outta here.”
The Defiant Ones – Part 1

“I had already been versed in code-switching [and] people would say to me, literally, ‘Oh, you’re not like the rest of them.’ […] ‘You’re smart, you know how to say words with ings, you know how to put Ts at the ends of your consonants, you can say ‘would.’ You know, those things set you apart.’ And what they really did was isolate me further from my community. They were really teaching me ‘Hey, these things make you more closer to whiteness’ and in truth, they don’t at all. They make me just speaking so I can be understood to […] supremacy. And then what will happen is, you’ll find yourself up in those white spaces and look around and realize, ‘Ah, I have not been extended a seat at the table, or at least I have not [been] extended the same meat at the table. I’m just near. At no point am I being allowed access. I’m just here to witness’ and once you realize that you go ‘Oh, it’s a trick! It’s a further trick to make you think or feel a way the very place that gave you life.’
— “Episode 6: Tarell Alvin McCraney.” Never Before with Janet Mock

Fear is a good thing ‘cause it can keep you in check.
The Defiant Ones: Part 3

[…] I’m trying to be somebody else now and it’s hard. I had a lot of years practicing being me.
— Queen Sugar: Season 2/ Episode 5 “Caroling Dusk”

Fear is a rite of passage for us […]. Question is, how do you use it to make yourself smarter and better.
— Queen Sugar: Season 2/ Episode 5 “Caroling Dusk”

God did not mold you to be no peacekeeper.
— Queen Sugar: Season 2/ Episode 5 “Caroling Dusk”

[Quoting Winston Churchill] The price of greatness is responsibility.
Angela Rye – The Breakfast Club (7/13/2017)

I’m sorry that I’m not a person anymore. I’m a problem.
To The Bone

Stop waiting for life to be easy. Stop hoping for somebody to save you. You don’t need another person lying to you. Things don’t all add up. But you are resilient. Face some hard facts and you could have an incredible life.
To The Bone

When you are confident and feel good about what you do, there’s no need to make other people feel small.
— Sterling K. Brown (THR Drama Actor Roundtable – 2017)

When you have everything ahead of you, and you’re dreaming […] it feels so great. And maybe, at the time, you wish things were different or you weren’t starving to death or whatever it is but when I look back on those days now? They were some of the best times in my life.
Billy Bob Thornton (THR Drama Actor Roundtable – 2017)

There really is no difference between art and prayer.
Oprah [Quoting Rainn Wilson] (THR Drama Actress Roundtable – 2017)

Those are the regrets. Not the ones you said ‘no’ to but the ones you said ‘yes’ to.
Jessica Lange (#THR Drama Actress Roundtable – 2017)

I’ve had the curse of self-awareness since [I was] very young. It was a birth defect.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

I’ve always had a push and pull between who they want me to be, who they think I am and who I actually am. And who I prefer to be.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

All they know of me is what they saw. […] As a woman, and as a Black person, you know what they see of us and what we actually are is very different. They’ll see an example, they’ll see a cartoon of us and assume that’s all of us.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

There is so much time wasted in being quiet. It’s detrimental, it is dangerous, it is dangerous to lie and it is dangerous to be silent.
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock

We, who hurt each other so terribly, will sit here licking each other’s wounds. We damaged goods will each seek the other out in comfort. If you are to die tomorrow, I’m fine with my life ending then as well. But if you want to live for me for one more day, I’ll go on living with you today as well.
— Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu

[…] no one had made me feel so wanted and necessary. It was the first time I felt I could be enough for someone.
“Part One/ Chapter 3.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

[…] you can’t escape your truth. It follows you. No matter how far you travel, how good you feel with it at a distance, it lingers and sticks to you.
— “Part One/ Chapter 3.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

I knew that love was more than a statement. It was an action that required accountability.
— “Part One/ Chapter 4.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

[…] repeat after me: “That was then, this is now. That was there, this is here. That was yesterday, this is today.
Claws: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Funerary”

I had always been someone who was ambitious to the point of stupidity. When my mind was set on achieving or obtaining something, I’d most often take action before thoroughly thinking about the repercussions. It was my strength and my weakness.
— “Part One/ Chapter 5.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

Beauty is a social experience, subjective and interactive.
— “Part One/ Chapter 5.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me

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Collected Quotes For The Month: June 2017

Collected Quotes For The Month: June 2017

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One’s happiness is one’s own to define and decide.Looking down on someone’s decision or making it for them is nothing but heavy-handed.

Chtholly.” SukaSuka

Remaining silent when one must speak is the slow death of freedom.
What Do I Care For Morning.” Queen Sugar

My mother always said when someone invites you to a new room, make sure you show up. Don’t go as someone else.
What Do I Care For Morning.” Queen Sugar

People ask me if you get nervous when you go on stage? It’s like asking a pilot if he gets nervous before a flight. I might hit some weather, but I feel like we normally land the plane.
— Dave Chappelle – 6.30.2017 (The Breakfast Club)

It’s not necessarily you feel like you have something to prove, I’m sure you guys feel the same way, it’s like quality control. You want to make sure whatever you offer, you put your best foot forward. It doesn’t mean you don’t want to prove anything, it just means you respect the people that respect you and you wanna reciprocate their respect with a good product.
— Dave Chappelle – 6.30.2017 (The Breakfast Club)

Passing the buck is how you get passed over.
Blind Items.” Daytime Divas

We don’t have to [reinvent the wheel] for people have already done this work, all we have to do is build upon the work.
“Episode 3: Maxine Waters.” Never Before with Janet Mock

And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party…. And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.
“Intro.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me – Location 12 (Originated by Audre Lorde)

The truth is a whip when wielded by a malicious mouth, lashing you into obedience and confinement, a stinging reminder that despite your best efforts, you are still captive to others.

“Intro.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me – Location 37

Forced disclosure always shook me, leaving me in a frightening space where my body served as proof of my realness. The need to prove myself valid was never-ending in its plea to affirm, connect, deny, and erase. I aspired daily to be like Toni Morrison’s Sula, a woman who shuns the demands placed on her by her watchful community, a woman who lacks ego, a woman OK in her otherness. She feels no pressure to verify herself. Her only aim is to be consistent, not with the world or those around her, but with herself.

“Intro.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me – Location 83 to 97

There are only so many vigils, so many murals, so many pleas for justice before we must succumb to the fact that our culture is intent on us not existing.

“Intro.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me – Location 111

So do you love God or are you in love with God?
— “A Prayer for Mad Sweeney.” American Gods

I don’t need to understand every last thing about you. We could be together for as long as you have lived thus far, and I still wouldn’t know everything. All I need to understand is my place in your life and in return let you understand your place in mine.
Amari Sali

Coincidence changes your day and fate changes your life.
Pretend We’re Kissing

I do not pray to ask God for things. I pray to thank God for bringing me where I am. To this time, to this place, where I finally know what I must do in this life.
— “Murder of Gods.” American Gods

Many people in general, not just celebrities, write about their own lives to find purpose for pain. […] Writing this book has […] allowed me to see people who have hurt me as just that. People. The hurt is no longer part of the equation. People. Just like me. I’m a person who has been hurt, but I’m also a person who has hurt.
— “Next.” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 234)

My body is not a character description.
— “Will I Still Be Beautiful When I’m Not Fat.” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 226) | Noted to be said by Amber Riley

I prayed that whatever my life was supposed to be, whatever my path was, I would finally be on it. I was only twenty-four years old, but I was tired of fear. I was tired of running away from something I could see into something I couldn’t.
— “Another Psychic Told Me so.” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 190)

[…] my least favorite game ever: the “Is This a Date?” game! Fun for no one! Here’s how it goes. Flirty dude will text me some flirty/ friendly shit a few times, and then say, “We should link up.” Now the word link is some tricky Clinton administration number-one shit. It’s language that makes it hard to tell what’s actually happening. You can link up with your mom to celebrate her birthday but you can also link up with the dweeb you cheat off of in science class to let him cop a feel under the bleachers. What exactly does link up even mean? Nobody knows! And you can’t know until after the linkup!
— “Is This a Date?” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 170)

Dating seems to conclude with something being wrong with me. I’m not sure the mental gymnastics are worth it. […] In fact, I’m not done with dating just because I’m tired of it. It’s not even really my decision to stop. I’m being forced into retirement.
— “Is This a Date?” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 166-167)

You keep your horrible boyfriend around because you feel like shit, and he’s the only one around who agrees with you. He validates the part of you that thinks you deserve bad things instead of good things. When you start believing that you deserve good things, you’ll dump him because he won’t fit anymore. But for now, he treats you like shit because that’s what you want.
— “Is This a Date?” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 166)

I’m comfortable talking about pain. I’m comfortable taking about self-love. But the concept of romantic love feels weird and kind of foreign in my brain.
— “Is This a Date?” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 158)

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Collected Quotes For The Month: May 2017

Collected Quotes For The Month: May 2017

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No version of myself is permanent but, sometimes, the bad parts are trying to fool me into thinking they are permanent.
Jenny Slate

[When asked if she thinks she doesn’t give people enough credit] I think when I first meet people I give them all the credit and then I slowly take it away.
Jenny Slate

Sometimes there isn’t a penny worth the bullshit.
— Marsha Ambrosius (Breakfast Club Interview – Posted 5/4/2017)

Never get on the bad side of small minded people who have a little authority.

I was always raised with the concept of not being a dilettante. […] When you took something up […], you didn’t dabble in it. […] If you wanted to do it, you were going to practice, and you were going to be disciplined and learn how to do it properly.
Elisabeth Moss

For me, if I can find [what] the music for the character is, I know who she is. Because for me, who a person is, is very difficult to put into words. What I love about music is you can express something without using words and it can capture an intangible quality that I couldn’t describe to somebody. You know?
Elisabeth Moss

Love isn’t real. It was never anything more than lust with a good marketing campaign.
— “Faithful.” The Handmaid’s Tale

Every love story is a tragedy if you wait long enough.
—”Faithful.” The Handmaid’s Tale

It’s a thin line between petty and pathetic.
Remy Ma (Cited on Breakfast Club – Rumor Report)

We expect leaders to take us where we want to go. The problem, it seems to me, begins when they don’t. When things do not improve and yet these leaders keep expecting us to get on their bus. I think this is when leaders become something else. […] Politicians.
— “Polyphony.” Sense8

I only repeat myself in the vague hope that one day, somebody will actually hear me.
This Beautiful Fantastic

Homes are architectural forms of memory.
— “Polyphony.” Sense8

“Hope is undiscovered disappointment.”
— “Fear Never Fixed Anything” Sense8

Your life is either defined by the system or by the way you defy the system.
— “Fear Never Fixed Anything” Sense8

I’m slowly dying of survival.
—”Isolated Above, Connected Below” Sense8

I never understood the word “Presence” until we were together.
— “If All The World’s A Stage, Identity Is Nothing But A Costume.” Sense8

Social media is not reality, it’s your portfolio of your best moments.
Lindsay Stirling

If you can’t look out for yourself, how the hell you going to look out for me?
— “The Secret of Spoons” American Gods

I’m not stuck in the past. I just hate the present.
— “Kimmy Gets Divorced?!” Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Therapist never really tell you what you should do. They ask you what you think you should do. If they know the correct answer, they hold it close to their vests as if they were in a poker match in a way that lets you know, ‘I’m here to listen, but you will be fucking up your life on your own, kiddo.'”
— “Twelve Sixty-six.” This Is Just My Face, Try Not To Stare (Page 136)

“Damn shame I tell you, being a black woman. ‘Be strong,’ they say. Support your man, raise your man, think like a man. Well damn, I gotta do all that? Who’s out here working for me, carrying my burden, building me up when I get down? Nobody. Black women out here trying to save everybody and what do we get? Swagger jacked by white girls wearing cornrows and bamboo earrings. Ain’t that a bitch? But we still try. Try to help all y’all. Even when we get nothing. Is that admirable or ridiculous? I don’t know.”

— “Tick Tock.” Scandal

Mr. Big Strong Black Man. God forbid you let a sista like me help you out. Naw, you don’t want that. Don’t let me put you on my back when you fall. Wipe the crust out of your eyes. Put a pep back in your step. Because when we do, you resent us for making you better, smarter, stronger. Then drop us so you can be with someone basic, someone without all that baggage you left us with.

— “Tick Tock.” Scandal

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Collected Quotes for the Month: April 2017

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Dream big, they say. Shoot for the stars. Then they lock us away for 12 years and tell us where to sit, when to pee, and what to think. […] Then we turn 18 and even though we’ve never had an original thought, we have to make the most important decision of our lives. […] And if you don’t have the money and don’t really have the grades, a lot of the decision gets made for you.
– “Tape 4, Side B” Thirteen Reasons Why

My body is like a phone in a silicon case. No matter what I do, I cannot smash.
“Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” Chewing Gum: Season 2

[…] abortion is the last line of defense against shitty people in the species.
Louis C.K. – 2017

I like imagining better than remembering.
“Your Will Shall Decide Your Destiny.” Anne

“Most leaps of faith are often preceded by a shove.”
I’m Dying Up Here

“[…] when you see what I can do without any help from you, you’re gonna mourn the pride you could have felt in me when all you had was pity.”
— “Point of No Return” – Greenleaf

[…] Teenagers fall in and out of love everyday. I need to know that when the initial flush is over, and it will always be over, I need to know that I am not standing alone.
In The Morning

We announce who we are in who we choose.
In The Morning

I’m always someone’s experience or adventure. Then, eventually, they settle down with someone they can either predict or control.
In The Morning

Don’t deny the world the truth about yourself just because it’s good.
— “Chapter IX.” Dear White People

[…] public victims don’t have time to grieve because their trauma is immediately politicized, especially with social media and the 24-hour news cycle. It’s a lot.
— “Chapter VI.” Dear White People

The sparkle depends on the flaws of the diamond.
— “Born To Trouble.” Greenleaf

Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

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