“Your health is not a debt you just cancel. The body collects.”
— Adora | Sharp Objects: Season 1/ Episode 7 “Falling”
Anyone will continue to leech off you if you continue to give.
Cocoa Brown – The Breakfast Club (10.16.2018)
“‘I’m sorry but,’ is a meaningless sentence.”
— Sweetbitter: Season 1/ Episode 1 “Salt”
Pain motivates you, pain is a motivating factor for you to make a change in your life to do something different.
— Episode 2 “Surviving Loss”
“If you stay rigid, eventually you’ll break.”
— 9-1-1: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Worst Day Ever”
“It’s time to give yourself permission to want things and to have them.”
— Sweetbitter: Season 1/ Episode 6 “It’s Mine”
“It’s never a bad decision to choose yourself.”
— Pose: Season 1/ Episode 4 “The Fever”
Comedy is tragedy sped up.
— Kristin Chenoweth (BUILD Series)
My demons are not remotely tackled. They’re just mildly concussed.
– Camille (Sharp Objects: Season 1/ Episode 2)
“There’s so many of us that are in the situations we’re in because there’s nobody to pick up the phone, to hug you, to tell you, to remind you to keep going.
— Mara Brock Akil – The Breakfast Club
When I got diagnosed […] it was one of the happiest days of my life. My doctor telling me I had a disease instead of a character flaw.
— Matt | Sorry For Your Loss (s1e4)
“Treat yourself like you’re somebody you care about.”
— Red Table Talk
When I was young, I just knew somebody was coming to rescue me. A knight in shining armor, an angel, a guru, a priest, a director, a producer, a bird, a flower, a tree, a cloud, the moon—anything. And after all that praying and hoping and wishing, it came down to looking in the mirror, taking responsibility for my choices—every last one of them. And it wasn’t until I asked, asked, asked,—you have to ask—that someone did listen with a sincere smile and stood by my side and guided me gently. So, go beyond yourself and fight for it, damnit. Ain’t nobody promised you a rose garden without painful-ass thorns. Go beyond yourself, reach out, and you will touch a hand that will lift you up.
— 305 (The Mother of Black Hollywood)
“If you feel like you’re in a tug of war, just drop the rope.”
— Debra (Dirty John: S1E1)
“This is a minor setback for a major comeback.”
— Night School
Because I have survived, I owe. Because I still have a smile on my face and am in good health, I owe. Because I live with bipolar disorder and thrive, I owe. Because I made it to the other side of sex addiction, I owe. Because my generation has left behind a world of chaos and environmental deterioration that the next is being made to clean up, I owe. Because while my role as the Mother of Black Hollywood started out as just that—a part to play—the platform has afforded me the opportunity to have so many young people come to me seeking answers to why, how, what, when… please, Miss Lewis? I owe. I owe it to the world to share what I have learned on my journey.
— 303 – 304 (The Mother of Black Hollywood)
“Moving on doesn’t mean running away.”
— Zoey (Escape Room)
Scars are maps of who you are.
— Vida: Season 1/ Episode 5
I say “go on” and not “move on” because in some ways, we’ll never completely move on from what happened. […] And I don’t say “get back to normal” because life will never be normal again.
— Episode 13 “Bye”
“In order to change your life, you got to change your lifestyle.”
— Charlagmagne Tha God
“We all walk at different speeds. Sooner or later you catch your breath.”
— The Chi: Season 1/ Episode 6 “Penetrate a Fraud”
“I don’t run away anymore, I run toward.”
— Altered Carbon: Season 1/ Episode 10 “The Killers”
“You are not trapped, you are waiting.”
— Altered Carbon: Season 1/ Episode 4 “Force of Evil”
“The final stage of healing is using what happens to you to help other people. That is healing in itself.”
— Seeing Allred
“When you name the demons in your life, then you can eradicate them. But before you name them, they can haunt you forever.”
— Keke Palmer (Source: Breakfast Club Interview)
It’s hard, it’s painful, to recognize you are the common denominator for the vast majority of your problems.
— “EP 4: Girls Trippin’” Red Table Talk (Gabrielle Union)
Once you get a control and an understanding of who you are, no one can use you against you.
— Taraji P. Henson (The Breakfast Club)
“We need to make friends with our own wounds, or we will be tempted to despise the wounded.”
— Sarah Silverman
My worst fear […] is not to be bad but unremarkable.
— Blythe | You; s1e3
I think you’re confused, and lost, but that’s only natural when you get lied to so many times.
— Wendy | Ozark: Season 2/ Episode 7 “One Way Out”
“Were you sheltered or were you silenced?”
— “Broken Reality: Hazel E.” Iyanla: Fix My Life
No matter how many reasons there might be ‘why,’ there are always more ‘why not.’
— Episode 13 “Bye”
I don’t know where the pride ends and the weakness begins.
— Grace | Greenleaf (s3e5)
Sometimes when a person drowns, they thrash around so much, they bring down anyone trying to rescue ‘em. Even if they don’t mean to.
— Richard | Sorry For Your Loss (s1e3)
Sit in shit too long, it stops smelling.
— Jenifer Lewis (The Breakfast Club)
You put too much on your plate you gonna break the whole damn table.
— Miss Bruce | Star s3e6
In order to be understood, you got to understand.
— Tracy Morgan (The Breakfast Club)
“I would never leave, but I am shrinking.”
— An Oversimplification of Her Beauty
Sometimes you have to take Sad Street in order to get to Happy Town.
— Alexa and Katie: Season 2
“In this country, what we call education is actually indoctrination.”
— Jane Elliott | Red Table Talk: Season 1/ Episode 14
Sometimes people inspire you without you even noticing.
— Bad Seeds
Testimony is so much more powerful than advice.
— Jada (Red Table Talk: S1E19)
“Read things that don’t necessarily pertain to you.”
— Charlamagne the God (Breakfast Club – 5/11/2018)
“Imagination is a weapon. Those who lack it are first to die.”
— Goblin Slayer s1e2
Sometimes the more generous act is to just keep things to yourself.
— Sabrina | Sorry For Your Loss s1e7
“Ignorance is your enemy. Knowledge is your weapon.”
— BPM (Beats Per Minute)
Tell me, and I forget. Teach me, and I remember. Involve me, and I learn.
– Anne (Anne with an E: Season 2/ Episode 10)
With aging comes clarity.
— 297 (The Mother of Blackhood)
Einstein said that life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you always need to move ahead.
— Carolina | How To Get Over a Breakup
Prejudice is the emotional commitment to ignorance.
— Adrienne | Red Table Talk: Season 1/ Episode 14
I can explain it to you, but I can’t understand it for you.
— Andi Mack: Season 2/ Episode 18
“I have learned the difference between a love that liberates and a love that feels like it’s always been free.”
— Queen Sugar: Season 3/ Episode 13 “From On The Pulse Of Morning”
“Good people die, but we’re not bad people for surviving.”
— Michael | MDMA
The fact is many parents don’t, or can’t, give you everything you need. Mine couldn’t. So I went in search of substitutes. I often advise young people in this situation to understand there are probably people around every corner who will take them under their wing and help them on their way. But you have to ask.
— 104 (The Mother of Black Hollywood)
You have to go to the scariest place to find out who are you, who you’re gonna be.
— Amy | Sorry For Your Loss s1e10
You don’t truly know a person, until they don’t get what they want.
Jeannie Mai – The Breakfast Club (10.12.2018)