Collected Quotes: October 2016

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Best Of

I can’t […] because you don’t love me. […] You don’t. You just want me today and maybe it’s because I stopped pursuing you or […] I’m the only option left or it is just easier with me because I’m always there but what happens tomorrow? When you wake up and want someone else?
— “Family Only.” Masters of Sex


Those who can’t hear must feel.
— “Don’t Tell Annalise.” How To Get Away With Murder


The strength to protect someone is different than the strength to be with someone.
— “Those Who Cling, Those Who Struggle.” Berserk


Almost. Which in a way is worse than nothing because you think if you hold on and shift one little thing…
—           Complete Unknown


Anything that annoys you is teaching you patience. Anyone who abandons you is teaching you how to stand up on your own two feet. Anything that angers you is teaching you forgiveness and compassion. Anything that has power over you is teaching you how to take your power back. Anything you hate is teaching you unconditional love. Anything you fear is teaching you the courage to overcome your fear. Anything you cannot control is teaching you how to let go.
Jackson Kiddard (Per Iyanla Fix My Life – House of Healing: The Myth of the Angry Black Woman [Part 4])

I don’t know what I’m gonna do with my life. I’m really confused and I’m never getting into college. […] I had to start trying to be that kind of smart a long time ago and I’ve wasted so much time just being social.  It’s such a waste and I look back at the last, I don’t know, three years? I have just been a loser. Getting high. Just drama with my friends. And I am just now starting to realize that I am going to be, like, 18 in two years. And it’s like, I already blew it.
“Future Fever.” Better Things

I wanted to make sure that people […] knew that I was there to be a workhorse and not a showhorse.
“10.07.2016″ Real Time with Bill Maher – Al Franken

[…] a paradox of psychiatry: mental illness is recognized by the patient’s distorted thoughts, but treatment is largely indifferent to their content.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 104


[…] madness. What other disease is verifiable solely from the social affect of its victim?
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 87


If [she] had been in an accident or come down with some overtly physical disease, I would not hesitate to tell him about it, confident that his sympathies would flow in my direction as a matter of course. But psychosis defies empathy; few people who have not experienced it up close but the idea of a behavioral disease. It has the ring of an excuse, a license for self-absorption on the most extreme scale. It suggests that one chooses madness and not the other way around. [Like] when [some] refer to someone as ‘crazy,’ [they] mean uninhibited, rebellious, creative. It’s a form of praise.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Pages – 86 to 87


I couldn’t accept the fact that [she] was so nonchalant about her natural talents, while I was struggling to figure out whether I possessed any at all.
“Hurry Down Sunshine.” – Page 148

How does the man apologize for the boy?
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” – Page 132


The truth comes disguised as suffering.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” – Page 128


A book is meant to be read from beginning to end but is best understood from end to beginning.

—           Mr. Church


[…] mania – she refers to it as if it is a separate entity, a mutual acquaintance of theirs – mania is a glutton for attention. It craves thrills, action, it wants to keep thriving, it will do anything to live on. ‘Did you ever have a friend who’s so exciting you want to be around her, but she leads you into disaster and in the end you wish you never met? You know the sort of person I mean: the girl who wants to go faster, who always wants more. The girl who serves herself first and screw the rest. It could be a boy too, of course, I’m just giving an example of what mania is: a greedy, charismatic person who pretends to be your friend. We may not be able to resist her every time, but one of the things we’re going to try to learn is to recognize her for what she is.’
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 172


[…] drugs release her not from her cares, but from caring itself.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 181


[…] it exists as a token of the future, a perpetual possibility, incomplete and therefore unthreatened by a final verdict of its worth.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 193


The matter of who exactly she is now after her manic attack continues to pester [her]. At home, she asks, ‘Does this mean that everything I believed while I was crazy is bullshit?’ How much must she repudiate? How does she sort out what she can safely keep from her mania, and what she has to discard?
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 209


I was standing at the top of the world or the edge of a cliff. It’s all a matter of perspective.
— Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le


People tell me I need to let things go and I have. I have through indifference.

— Amari Sali


You know what freedom is? Laughing with teeth bared, mouth wide open, and letting your spirit be free. Ain’t no hiding in laughter. In them moments of joy, be it because of a joke or a burden lifted off of you, you free. May look a little funny, but that’s because being free sometimes look a bit unfamiliar.
— Amari Sali


[…] fear is a liar [and] I make a point of calling its bluff.
— “Chapter 1: Fearless” Around The Way Girl

The Rest

Knowing you are right is the worst weapon you can have in an argument. It makes it impossible to let go.
— “Topeka.” Masters of Sex


It is hard enough to know what you want, to know why you want it too?

— “Season 2/ Episode 1.” Humans


I want to find out who I am, not what I was made for but what I might become.

— “Season 2/ Episode 1.” Humans


I’m certain, not hard-headed. There is a big difference.
— “Where With All.” Queen Sugar


The heart has to be broken to be open.
— Jhenè Aiko


If I only sat down with those who were saints, I’d be taking all my meals alone.
— Hillary Clinton quoting Timothy Dolan | 2016 Al Smith Dinner


Possibilities don’t help me. I need to know.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 223


I have a knack for fooling people into believing I’m in control. They go along with me, when I’m a total mess. It’s a little scary.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 223


I’ll let you be in my dream if I can be in yours.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 218 (Bob Dylan)


Better old demons than new gods.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 222


You gave me hell dressed up in dollar bills.
— Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le


All dreams cost something right?
— Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, and Michel’le


I didn’t get that moment […] where everything was just suddenly okay. I don’t think those moments exist. I think all you can do is keep trying and hope that somehow trying can be good enough.

— Little Sister


She tells me that she […] caught a glimpse of herself -‘the sane me’- looking back at her from the bathroom mirror. ‘It was a sport in my eye, and it was there for a split second, this little part of myself that I still hadn’t burned, watching me go crazy. I see you, I know what’s you’re doing, I know who you are. And then it vanished. […] It didn’t fade, it just went out, like the wick on one of those kerosene lamps we used to go camping with. It was like I stopped to take a last look at myself, like I was saying good-bye.’
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 208

Praise is measured out in small, avidly consumed portions, like a dessert that has to be stretched to go round.
“Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 201

I make an effort to care about the simplest things […] but an ungraspable panic comes over me, a panic of indifference, if such a thing is possible, as if I have been relegated to a bit part in the drama of my own existence and moreover, have missed my cue to step onstage.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 181


[…] you ever hear of idiot compassion? You destroy yourself by entering the suffering of others, while doing nothing useful for them.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 175


As usual, our past overwhelms what the present throws up at us.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 169


Fiction, like all great stories, is rooted in truth.
— “The Stray.” Westworld


People act strange around death. There are those who talk about everything but the person who died. There are those who only talk about the person who died. There are those who try to cheer you up and those who can’t help but make you cry. And then there are those who say nothing at all because they don’t have to.

—           Mr. Church


It’s an awful feeling to love someone so much that you absolutely hate them for leaving you. Even before they’ve gone
— Mr. Church

[They] avoid actual contact with each other, as if repelled by their competing intensities.
“Hurry Down Sunshine.” – Page 141

It doesn’t matter why they say yes, it matters what you do after they say it.
— “The Break.” Pitch

If what I say ends up sounding like a complaint, then I’m saying it wrong.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” – Page 133

You [have] a false notion of sophistication.
“Hurry Down Sunshine.” – Page 134

I know that we can’t change the past, but there’s a difference between moving on and letting go.
“Mad City: New Day Rising.” Gotham

Only way to make a man feel happy is to make him feel useful.
— “In No Uncertain Terms.” Queen Sugar


[…] you used to tell me how ‘liberated’ I was. I wasn’t ‘bogged down’ you said, by which you mean, I guess, that I was your idea of a free soul. You had no way of knowing this, but I was fed up with myself. I thought I was hopeless, everything I did felt stalled. […] I was stuck in shallow soil [with ] nothing to hold on to, nothing to hold [me] down.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 82


Better is such a relative term.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 121


She craved reassurance, but when we gave it to her she rejected it as tainted or insincere.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page 81


You can’t play God without being acquainted with the devil.
“Chestnut.” Westworld

[P.I.N.] Your ‘P.’ What’s your purpose? I don’t mean your life purpose. I mean moment by moment by moment, what is the purpose of what you’re doing? What is the purpose of what you’re saying? Anytime you open your mouth, you better be clear about your purpose. […] Integrity. That what you’re thinking, what you’re feeling, what you’re saying, and what you’re doing are all in alignment. […] Nobility. Which means good character, how you hold yourself, within yourself will determine the experience and circumstances of your life.
— “The Myth of the Angry Black Woman – Part 4.” Iyanla: Fix My Life

Broken people raise broken people.
— “The Myth of the Angry Black Woman – Part 4.” Iyanla: Fix My Life

Your future is yours. You could be anything you want. You know those people you see everyday that look like they have their shit together and they made all the right choices? And how impossible it seems just to get to that place? Well, look. Look at you. You look like one of those people and all they did was put on the clothes.
“Future Fever.” Better Things

[…] when everyone around you thinks they know who you are and they try to lay claim to you, then you’re trapped. That’s the hard part.
— Complete Unknown


[…] you’ve always been so lonely, and when you’re lonely you’re liable to let any terrible thing climb into your head.
— “Hurry Down Sunshine.” Page – 117

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