Collected Quotes For The Month: July 2017

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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

The Rest

To have found a fulfilling, affirming partnership felt like a gift, especially considering the multiplicities of my identity as a black trans girl. I had internalized messages that told me I would never measure up, I would always be an imitation, I would never be considered real or valuable. Therefore, I should expect to be fetishized, ridiculed, rejected, or attacked. The threat of violence always loomed. My ultimate fear, a fate all too familiar for trans women of color globally, was becoming another statistic, another name spoken at a vigil on Transgender Day of Remembrance. I did not want to be another trans girl killed because some man could not process his attraction to my body and therefore had to eliminate it.
— “Part One/ Chapter 5.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me


I am not inherently afraid of men, but there was something about the way he was intent on interacting with me that I found unsettling.
— “Part One/ Chapter 5.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me


[…] the white women I spent my time with at URI [University of Rhode Island] were not completely foreign to me. I had been watching women who looked and spoke like them on television since I was a kid. I adored women who looked like them, from Rory and Lorelei Gilmore and Carrie Bradshaw to Felicity. I was under the illusion that because my [white] girlfriends accepted me, the overwhelming whiteness of the campus would not accentuate my otherness.
— “Part One/ Chapter 5.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me


Maybe he was giving me what I thought I so wanted then: the guise of normality.
— “Part One/ Chapter 5.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me


You’re still in yesterday. […] You haven’t reset.
—  Claws: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Funerary”


[…] Hollywood romances shaped me with promising thoughts: the overlooked girl is the prize; the hard-hearted can be softened; happy endings start with a revelatory kiss; and ultimately love conquers all. The discovery that no one trips and falls into the arms of the love of their life was a truth I resisted. I knew it was Hollywood make-believe, yet I held on to hope that someone would stand strongly and proudly beside me.
— “Part One/ Chapter 4.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me


Sex was not for sale; intimacy was.
— “Part One/ Chapter 1.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me – Location 406


I was still shy with my body then, especially in the company of other women. I felt that I didn’t measure up, and this failure on my part made me feel illegitimate.
— “Part One/ Chapter 1.” Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me – Location 293


If there is a meeting, there will surely be a farewell.
— Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu


If you try to erase sin with sin, you’ll only add to your sins.
— Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu


My feelings may have been beautiful in their concept, but they were not righteous.
— Kizumonogatari III: Reiketsu


Does it make you weak if you give up on a marriage or is it weak to stay in one that you’re not happy in?
— The Carmichael Show: Season 3/ Episode 9 “Evelyn and Vernon” 


Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence, that measure of a man’s choices.
— “Sugarwood.” Ozark


God sent you his teachings, but are you listening?
—  “Nest Box.” Ozark

You need to catch your breath, take an hour, fall apart, come back.
The Bold Type: Season 1/ Episode 3 “The Woman Behind The Clothes”


“[Oprah is saying this and Gabourey recounting] Listen. Whatever it is that you have, they want some of it. When I was making $100 they needed about $50, when I was making $1000 they needed $500, when I was making $1,000,000 they needed 500… [and she was like]  You can handicap them but you have to be the one to decide what you will give and if they want more than that, you’ve decided. The thing is, they will get it. They will figure it out.”
“Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock


There is power in sharing hurt and there is power in sharing humanity.
— “Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock


I can say, ‘This is who I am,’ but it’s human nature [for you to] still see me through the filter of you.
— “Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock


None of them have ever offered me, me until it was me.
— “Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock


I lean into awkwardness. I’m not going to pretend that everything is fine. I’m not going to hide it from you, because we all see it, I’m not going to lie to you. I can’t do it.
— “Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock


Mental and emotional intelligence and self-awareness is a gift and a curse.
— “Episode 7: Gabourey Sidibe.” Never Before with Janet Mock


Bravery and courage isn’t always standing up for yourself, it’s just not backing down and facing fear.
Sophie Turner


Leave one wolf alive and the sheep are never safe.
— Game of Thrones: Season 7/ Episode 1 “Dragonstone”


So there is no punishment for treason and no reward for loyalty?
— Game of Thrones: Season 7/ Episode 1 “Dragonstone”


Without us, men would be little better than dogs. Don’t remember any meal but the last, can’t see forward to any but the next. And every time you leave the house and shut the door, they howl like you’re gone forever.
— Game of Thrones: Season 7/ Episode 1 “Dragonstone”


People say they love you, but what they mean is, they love how loving you makes them feel about themselves. Or they love what they can take from you.
To The Bone


Bad things are going to happen. That’s not negotiable. What is, is how you deal with it.
To The Bone


This idea you have that there’s a way to be safe, it’s childish and cowardly. It stops you from experiencing anything, including anything good.
To The Bone


[…] as success builds, as visibility builds, as fame builds, people react differently.
The Defiant Ones: Part 3


History is a living thing. Paper is dead.
Castlevania: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Necropolis”


“You know, people become successful and they get locked into the behaviors that led them to be a success. Jimmy was very good at letting go of the things that might have made him a success to this point. He’s willing to shed that and go for something completely else, and not afraid to partner with other visionary people. So Jimmy’s career is based on a tremendous lack of fear of moving forward.”
The Defiant Ones – Part 1


“What are we here for? […] We’re not here to make you happy. We’re not here to make me happy. We’re here to contribute to the project.“
The Defiant Ones – Part 1


My friendships […] I didn’t have any ability to look at them critically. I felt socially I was a creature trapped in amber who would accept anybody that was interested in me, I allowed a lot of energetic leeches into my life because I was so […] beaten down [by criticism] that anybody that would say to me, ‘I like you. You’re a good person’ I let those people in.
“Episode 5: Lena Dunham.” Never Before with Janet Mock


The best thing to do to prepare for something, in a way, is just to really take care of yourself, you know, psychologically, and then just kind of show up. Because anybody can fumble the ball if they’re […] in their head, no matter how good they were at practice.
— “Robert Downey Jr.” Off Camera with Sam Jones


[…] everything pays off. Anything you take an interest in as an artist, you’ll be able to use in your work.
— “Robert Downey Jr.” Off Camera with Sam Jones


Your life isn’t ruined. It’s just waiting for you to come back and sparkle it up.
— “Beneath Her Heart.” Orphan Black


Our faces were new, just-discovered territories we were eager to explore.
— Chapter 3 (Location 66) – “Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me” by Janet Mock


[…] Envy seeks to destroy.
—Intro (Location 66) – “Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me” by Janet Mock


How vain it is to sit down and write when you’ve not stood up to live.
— “The Rabbit Hole.” Gypsy


I think the greatest gift anybody can give anyone or anyone can cultivate is the ability to develop your hustle, you know?
— “Robert Downey Jr.” Off Camera with Sam Jones

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