My Favorite Quotes

  • March 9, 2015

Here is a disorganized assortment of pearls of wisdom and words of encouragement that I’ve heard over the last couple of years that stuck with me for some reason or another so I jotted them down in a Gmail draft.


“Tinder is a journey into the self.” – Rae L., friend

“Go big or stay your ass in your cube.” – Fatimah S., friend

“Your job is to produce pages. Write at least 10 pages a day.” – Rob Askins, playwright, friend

“I want to live before I die.” – Duncan Trussell, comedian

“We’ll be dead before you know it.” – Amy M., friend

“Never work for free. You can’t pay rent with exposure.” – Seasoned writers everywhere

“There is nothing on my horizon except everything.” – Dwight Schrute, The Office

“Eighty percent of success is showing up.” – Woody Allen, filmmaker (truest statement on the whole list)

“Once you stop giving a f*ck, the whole world opens up.” – Akilah Green, me

“You can know when it’s NOT right with someone, but you can’t know when it IS right with someone.” – Evan Marc Katz, dating coach

“The best gift you can give other people is your story.” – Someone (I can’t remember who)

“You’ve got enough people telling you that you aren’t good enough. You can’t be one of them.” – Toure Roberts, pastor at One Church International

“Move on. You went to law school. Too bad. We all wish we didn’t go.” – Molly K., friend/law school classmate

“I’ve been with my wife for 16 years. Sometimes, I think, damn. The only way I could ever get rid of her is if both of our kids died.” – Anonymous, friend

“How can we convert this to cash?” – L.P., partner at my former law firm

“If it was for you, you’d have it.” – Fatimah S., friend

“We’re smart kids. We’ll figure it.” – Matt K., partner/lit manager at Scenario

“Why should I stop the work so I can explain it to you? “- Rev. Watley, pastor at Reid Temple A.M.E.

“Not everything requires a conversation.” – Akilah Green, me

“Don’t let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway.” – Earl Nightingale, motivational speaker/author

“Fear is the greatest threat to your potential. Fear will cause you to settle for Plan B or Plan C by telling you that they are as good as it’s going to get.” – Toure Roberts, pastor at One Church International

“Good or bad. For better or for worse. It is what it is. We’re here now.” – Jason P., friend

“Play ball you squinty f*ck.” – Bill Hader, as “The President of Hollywood” at the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco

“Be ez, my dude.” – Fatimah S., friend

“I’m ok. I’m going to be ok.” – Matt K., partner/lit manager at Scenario

“My advice? Find something you love to do that pays a lot of money. Barring that, find a sugar daddy.” – Jenny C., friend

“Love is not a decision you make for others.” – Edmond McQueen, Something New

“My bucket list has nothing but dudes’ names on it.” – S.N., friend

“Striving for perfection is debilitating.” – Claire Shipman, ABC News Senior National Correspondent

“I don’t wanna lose this good life, but I ain’t scared, if I’m going to be the only one participating in it.” – Jill Scott, Whenever You’re Around

“Grab that sh*t.” – Mathina C., friend

“I dumbed down for my audience and doubled my dollars…” – Jay Z, Jay-Z

“It’s never really about what you did. It’s all about the story that you tell about what you did.” – Akilah Green, me

“Oh, it doesn’t add up? Well, it’s not supposed to add up.” – Jim C., friend

“Seeing your own greatness in comparison/relation to others blinds you to your own favor.” – Rahiel T., Washington Post columnist/Creator of Urban Cusp magazine

“Once you get a glimpse of how dynamic your time on this earth can be, you chase that vision for the rest of your life.” – Rahiel T., Washington Post columnist/Creator of Urban Cusp magazine

“You’re talking about your job. You should be talking about your dream.”Claudel P., friend

“It’s a cold game.” – Akilah Green, me

“F*ck ‘em. Go get famous.” – Amy M., friend

“It’ll work out. It always does.”  – Vincent Chase, Entourage

“The ‘how’ is none of your business.” – Ken E., friend

“There is life and death in the tongue…You will eat the fruit of your words.” – The Bible, The Bible

“You’re 29? What, are you running out of time? Is there something else that you’d rather be doing?” – Jerry Seinfeld, Comedian

“For all you know, it’s you.” – Paul Reiser, interview on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast

“Everything you do is timely.” – LJ S., friend

“The day it clicked for me, I went to see a comedian at Radio City Music Hall. A big, famous comedian at the time. As we’re leaving, my brother goes, you’re THAT good. You’re as good as THAT guy.” – Chris Rock, HBO’s The Black List: Vol. 1

“The real question is, when are one of these black girls gonna get their Streisand on? It’s like, ‘Yo, I’m really about to set it off. I’m writing a movie. I’m directing a movie. I’m starring in a movie.’ I can’t wait to meet her.  I can’t wait to work with her…That’s gonna be the next level.” – Chris Rock, HBO’s The Black List: Vol. 1

“Go about your hustle.” – Fatimah S., friend

“It’s always good to talk to you. You make me smile.” – J Real, friend

“Effort is the best indicator of interest.” – The internet

“If a guy is into you, he be like ‘chu doin’ Friday? ‘chu doin’ Saturday? ‘chu doin’ Sunday?'” – Kenny W., friend

“Every day a little bit.” – Akilah Green, me

“We’re only children. We were born in first place.” – Andy S.K.M., friend

“That makes me sound like a jerk, I know.  But remember the beginning of the story where I was the underdog? No? Me neither.” – Tina Fey, Bossypants

“You’re a mess, but a good one!” – Nune P., friend

“Don’t be lunatic.” – Greg Fitzsimmons, comedian/Emmy winner

“What have you done for yourself today?” – Akilah Green, me

“People too weak to follow their own dreams will always find a way to discourage yours.” – I can’t remember who

“Remember to HAVE FUN!” – Imani C., friend

“Can we promise to never hate each other? Because I can’t live without this!” – Will W., friend

“It’s an insult to the Creator when you try to be something you’re not.” – Krystal D., friend

“From the moment they come into the world, little black girls work just a little bit harder than their peers to construct a healthy sense of self in a society that prizes values and attributes that don’t mirror those they possess. We as their caregivers must help them find the way by offering them as many affirming messages as possible.” – For Harriet,

“Women are the only exploited group in history to have been idealized into powerlessness.” – Erica Jong, author

“I think we probably got f*cked with less because we’re not white…I think white men have proprietary feelings over white women so they wanna tell them what to do. But with women of color, they don’t think it’s in their place.” – Comedian Margaret Cho, interview on Aisha Tyler’s Girl on Guy podcast

“Hold my nuts.” – Heather C., friend

“When you slip on a banana peel, people laugh at you; but when you tell people you slipped on a banana peel, it’s your laugh. So you become the hero rather than the victim of the joke.” – Nora Ephron, I Feel Bad About My Neck

“Don’t fight if there is no prize.” – Akilah Green, me

“Never give up.” – Gizele R., friend (re whether or not I could make it to a salad shop before it closed)

“Nope. It’s fine.” – Sam R., friend, actor, writer

“If you’re a racist… or not is absolutely off the point that the manifestation of 300 years of a slave economy is present in everyday [life]. If you’re going to deny that, you’re going to be constantly wondering why you’re anxious and off the tracks.” – Alfre Woodard, actress

You ain’t GOT no job! – Martin, Martin

1 Comment on "My Favorite Quotes"

  • SUCH a great list!!! I want to frame it so I can see it every day!!

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