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“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.”
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“I write to give myself strength. I write to be the characters that I am not. I write to explore all the things I'm afraid of. ”
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“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don't like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.”
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“I'll take crazy over stupid any day.”
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“Passion. It lies in all of us. Sleeping... waiting... and though unwanted, unbidden, it will stir... open its jaws and howl. It speaks to us... guides us. Passion rules us all. And we obey. What other choice do we have? Passion is the source of our finest moments. The joy of love... the clarity of hatred... the ecstasy of grief. It hurts sometimes more than we can bear. If we could live without passion, maybe we'd know some kind of peace. But we would be hollow. Empty rooms, shuttered and dank. Without passion, we'd be truly dead.”
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“Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who's confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.”
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“Bottom line is, even if you see 'em coming, you're not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can't help that. It's what you do afterwards that counts. That's when you find out who you are.”
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“There's a time and place for everything, and I believe it’s called 'fan fiction'.”
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“Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn't suck.”
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“You're going to burn in a very special level of hell. A level they reserve for child molesters and people who talk at the theater.”
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“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don't forget food. You can go a week without laughing.”
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“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN' SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.”
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“Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.”
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“Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.”
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“Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.”
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“So, why do you write these strong female characters?

Because you’re still asking me that question."

[Equality Now speech, May 15, 2006]”
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“There’s a fine line between support and stalking and let’s all stay on the right side of that.”
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“The thing about a hero, is even when it doesn't look like there's a light at the end of the tunnel, he's going to keep digging, he's going to keep trying to do right and make up for what's gone before, just because that's who he is.”
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“If you can't run, you crawl. If you can't crawl-- you find someone to carry you.”
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“Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.”
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“In every generation there is a chosen one. She alone will stand against the vampires the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”
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“All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause – there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once...Even just learning enough about a subject so you can speak against an opponent eloquently makes you an unusual personage. Start with that. Any one of you would have cried out, would have intervened, had you been in that crowd in Bashiqa. Well thanks to digital technology, you’re all in it now.”
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“You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.”
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“If you're going to make a science fiction movie, then have a hover craft chase, for God's sake.”
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“If you can't do something smart, do something right.”
Joss Whedon, Serenity
“Every day's a negotiation and sometimes it's done with guns.”
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“Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.”
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“I'd rather make a show 100 people need to see, than a show that 1000 people want to see.”
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“All worthy work is open to interpretations the author did not intend. Art isn't your pet -- it's your kid. It grows up and talks back to you.”
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“Faith in God means believing absolutely in something with no proof whatsoever. Faith in humanity means believing absolutely in something with a huge amount of proof to the contrary. We are the true believers.”
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