Collected Quotes: Being Mary Jane

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Best Of

“This is my story, or at least it’s as close to it as I’m currently willing to share.”
— “Pulling The Trigger.” Being Mary Jane

“I don’t want to talk about sisterhood. I know there are a lot of professional women here, but I want to talk to the younger girls. You’re in this mentorship program because you want to succeed. You want to be your mentor and everyone says do your best to be number one, but there’s another position. I’ve found that being number two gives you all the glory of being at the top without any of the pressure of the number one spot. And the job of any good number two is to figure out what the number one is missing; what they refuse to see, or what they’re doing wrong. Take your time and learn. Be patient. Get better. Because I guarantee you, your opportunity to be number one will come but you have to be ready. I’ll use myself as an example. I’m here as a fill-in speaker for the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, but she wasn’t meant to speak to you today; I was. I want every girl here to know that no matter whether you’re number two or thirty or one hundred, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be if you do the work. So do the work. Because remember, if you don’t, someone else will. I’m Mary Jane Paul. And I thank you for listening.
— “Mixed Messages.” Being Mary Jane

“You asked me what happened? Do you really want to know? I grew up, looked around, and I was finally real with myself.”
— “Blindsided.” Being Mary Jane

A lot of times, people look outside themselves for blame and for answers when, really, all these conversations we’re having, the ones you have with other people, they’re just… dress rehearsals for the ones we need to have with ourselves.

—  “Purging and Cleansing.” Being Mary Jane

Season 3

You present the false choice between either having them fight for you or ignore you altogether, and there is no power in either of those things.

—  “ Don’t Call It a Comeback.” Being Mary Jane

[…] facts are all about perception.

—  “Purging and Cleansing.” Being Mary Jane

A lot of times, people look outside themselves for blame and for answers when, really, all these conversations we’re having, the ones you have with other people, they’re just… dress rehearsals for the ones we need to have with ourselves.

—  “Purging and Cleansing.” Being Mary Jane

Season 2

“I spent so much of my life moving from dream to dream; and climbing the corporate ladder; and racing towards an imaginary finish line that, come to find out, might not even exist. I just wanted to enjoy where I was at for once.”

— “Reading The Signs.” Being Mary Jane

“Just because you didn’t lie doesn’t mean you communicated.”

—  “Let’s Go Crazy.“ Being Mary Jane

“This is my story, or at least it’s as close to it as I’m currently willing to share.”

— “Pulling The Trigger.” Being Mary Jane

Season 1

“I don’t want to talk about sisterhood. I know there are a lot of professional women here, but I want to talk to the younger girls. You’re in this mentorship program because you want to succeed. You want to be your mentor and everyone says do your best to be number one, but there’s another position. I’ve found that being number two gives you all the glory of being at the top without any of the pressure of the number one spot. And the job of any good number two is to figure out what the number one is missing; what they refuse to see, or what they’re doing wrong. Take your time and learn. Be patient. Get better. Because I guarantee you, your opportunity to be number one will come but you have to be ready. I’ll use myself as an example. I’m here as a fill-in speaker for the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, but she wasn’t meant to speak to you today; I was. I want every girl here to know that no matter whether you’re number two or thirty or one hundred, you’ll end up where you’re supposed to be if you do the work. So do the work. Because remember, if you don’t, someone else will. I’m Mary Jane Paul. And I thank you for listening.

— “Mixed Messages.” Being Mary Jane

“Cry about it tonight, because you have to make it right in the morning.”

— “Hindsight is 20/40.” Being Mary Jane

“You don’t think I don’t know what it means when people say that I have a nice smile and nice eyes? Ain’t no man ever fall for me, but they keep coming back don’t they? That’s because I put it down! In the bedroom, in the car, movie theater, I probably done things you’ve never even heard of.”

— “Blindsided.” Being Mary Jane

“You asked me what happened? Do you really want to know? I grew up, looked around, and I was finally real with myself.”

— “Blindsided.” Being Mary Jane

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