Top 52 Quotes of Joss Whedon

You learn something every time you make a mistake.

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You know, the thing that I do to waste time is think of things I want to make. That’s how my mind is employed.

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You know, I always was an early morning or late night writer. Early morning was my favorite; late night was because you had a deadline. And at four in the morning you make up some of your most absurd jokes.

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Who is to say who is the villain and who is the hero? Probably the dictionary.

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When you’re making a film, you have an obligation to fill the frame with life.

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What I love most about icons is finding out what’s behind them, exploring the price of their power.

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What I do like is hiking. And that’s what filmmaking is. It’s a hike. It’s challenging and exhausting, and you don’t know what the terrain is going to be or necessarily even which direction you’re going in… but it sure is beautiful.

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We are, all of us, incoherent text, and just knowing that – knowing that no matter how much you say, ‘I am this’ and part of you is not that – means that you can say it.

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Ultimately what I end up writing about is helplessness and the flipside of that, empowerment.

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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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‘The Sixth Sense’ is fine the second time around, but honestly, the first time around, it’s dazzling.

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The secret to multitasking is that it isn’t actually multitasking. It’s just extreme focus and organization.

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The only way to real mature love is to get past the tropes of what we consider ‘romance.’

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The master plan does not have a master plan. Television ultimately finds itself, and after it finds itself, it finds itself changing.

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‘The Dark Knight,’ for me, has the same problem that every other ‘Batman’ movie has. It’s not about Batman. I think Heath Ledger is just phenomenal and the character of the Joker is beautifully written. He has a particular philosophy that he carries throughout the movie. He has one of the best bad guy schemes.

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That title, is one of the things I fought for. A lot of people said ‘But it’s stupid, and it’s the title of a comedy movie, and people won’t take it seriously,’ and I’m sure there are some people who still don’t. But for the most part, people do see that we really have a quality show.

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Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.

Joss Whedon

Remember to always be yourself.

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Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from.

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My deal with Marvel is I have a consulting deal with them as well as a contract to make ‘Avengers.’ That means I’ll read all the scripts, I’ll look at cuts.

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My absolute favorite part of Comic-Con is seeing, like, a ‘Mass Effect’ guy hanging out with a ‘Sailor Moon,’ and they’re just having a great time.

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Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.

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I’ve been to two festivals in my life, and I’ve never been to Toronto. I haven’t really been making festival movies. This is new territory for me.

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I’ve been doing Shakespeare readings with my friends for years.

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I’m a very hard-line, angry atheist. Yet I am fascinated by the concept of devotion.

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I’m a very gentle man, not unlike Gandhi.

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If you try to multitask in the classic sense of doing two things at once, what you end up doing is quasi-tasking. It’s like being with children. You have to give it your full attention for however much time you have, and then you have to give something else your full attention.

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If somebody comes up to me, it’s because they’re moved by something I’m moved by. I’ve never taken a job I didn’t love… So when somebody’s coming up to me, or they’re writing, they’re in the same space I am in.

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I was not popular in school, and I was definitely not a ladies’ man. And I had a very painful adolescence, because it was all very strange to me. It wasn’t like I got beat up, but the humiliation and isolation, and the existential ‘God, I exist, and nobody cares’ of being a teenager were extremely pronounced for me.

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I was never a games night guy, but at some point, social interaction starts to freak me out. So when there’s a point, it’s easier for me to see the people I love and hang out and try to have fun.

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I think it’s not inaccurate to say that I had a perfectly happy childhood during which I was very unhappy.

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I tend to tell stories that have a lot of momentum; it’s not like ‘and then months later…’ I like things where the momentum of one action rolls into the next one so everything is the sum of that.

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I respect the rules of TV, the rules of keeping things commercial and interesting and pop-y and fun.

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I never tire of the heroes that I knew growing up.

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I never give up on anything, because you come back around, and suddenly the thing you thought you’d never do is relevant.

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I loved working with ‘The Avengers’ cast and we had a great time, but it was a job, and they had other commitments during that job, so they would go off and do other things.

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I loved teaching and I did a lot of work as a teacher’s assistant in college, and my favorite experience was basically getting a laugh from a bunch of people because they had just understood something.

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I don’t want the giant ego. I don’t want to become Kevin Costner, singing on the soundtrack to The Postman.

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I don’t know a lot of show runners. I mean I met a lot of them in picket lines. I’m not part of a, like, secret society or pickup basketball game. As far as I’m concerned, pick-up basketball games are secret societies. They confuse me. I’ve never been a networker or I’ve never been very social.

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I am not a fan of referencing your own work when it’s in a different universe than what you’re doing. That, to me, is a wink at the audience, and winking isn’t actually cool when you’re not, like, 10.

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I am a great believer in found families and I’m not a great believer in blood.

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I always believe in just have as much fun as you can so that when you’re in the part that you hate, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, that you’re close to finished.

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Horror movies don’t exist unless you go and see them, and people always will.

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Everybody who labels themselves a ‘nerd’ isn’t some giant person locked in a cubbyhole who’s never seen the opposite sex. Especially with the way the Internet is now, I think that definition is getting a little more diffuse.

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Every vampire fiction reinvents vampires to its own needs. You take what you want.

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Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women.

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Casting is storytelling.

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‘Buffy’ is about growing up. ‘Angel’ is really about already having grown up, dealing with what you’ve done, and redemption.

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As far as I am concerned, the first episode of Buffy was the beginning of my career. It was the first time I told a story from start to finish the way I wanted.

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Always be yourself… unless you suck.

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Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.

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A writer is supposed to have anonymity.

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