Quotes by Joss Whedon

Casting is storytelling.
- Joss Whedon
I love a good romantic comedy.
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Remember to always be yourself.
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I was raised by a hardcore feminist.
- Joss Whedon
Always be yourself... unless you suck.
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A writer is supposed to have anonymity.
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I can do web, comic books, macrame, art.
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I always watch what I say. I am what I say.
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My favorite part of Comic-Con? The groupies.
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I'm a very gentle man, not unlike Gandhi.
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Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.
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Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there.
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Writers are completely out of touch with reality.
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I don't believe in creating exclusionary art.
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You learn something every time you make a mistake.
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I never tire of the heroes that I knew growing up.
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Never sit at a table you can't walk away from.
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Actors wait tables, directors work at video stores.
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Buffy loves Angel. He loves her. And I love Ho Hos.
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Soon, I will be 'King of all Hollywoodland.'
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It's not any huge secret that I'm an atheist.
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You don't buy a Picasso because you love the frame.
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I love TV in a way that I don't love any other medium.
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I've never met a well-adjusted person. It's weird.
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I am a fan of sequels even though they are inevitably awful.
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I kept telling my mom that reading comic books would pay off.
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A great scientist is more open to a new idea than almost anybody.
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Part of making TV is the process - you just have to churn it out.
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I'm not big on regret; I don't spend a lot of time on it.
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You can't be a storyteller and a speechwriter at the same time.
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I've been doing Shakespeare readings with my friends for years.
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The musicals that I love on stage are generally meant for the stage.
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I don't think I'm a celebrity. Maybe I'm a cult figure?
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I never wanted to take a job because I needed money, and I never have.
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I have a pathological fear of confrontation. I'm working on that.
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I'm a science fiction geek from birth - that's just who I am.
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Those of us who write spend our entire lives in an endless English class.
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There's not going to be a 'Buffy' season nine on television.
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Twelve-year-old me wanted to do everything: act and sing and paint and dance.
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Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women.
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I respect television in a way that some people who came out of film might not.
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Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.
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Who is to say who is the villain and who is the hero? Probably the dictionary.
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Every kid who hated grownups becomes a grownup. Well, except the ones who died.
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I like horror; I like comedy; I like drama; I like action; I like female heroes.
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For me, the act of telling the story and showing it to somebody is almost gravy.
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Horror movies don't exist unless you go and see them, and people always will.
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Oddly enough, I never studied writing. I studied almost everything except writing.
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Every vampire fiction reinvents vampires to its own needs. You take what you want.
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I always want to make sure I'm telling a story about people that I care about.
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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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When you're making a film, you have an obligation to fill the frame with life.
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I don't like uncertainty. I don't play poker. I don't like bluffing.
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Running a TV show is always running a TV show; it's never not running a TV show.
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I'm very much more interested in the created family than I am in actual families.
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I think 'Batman Begins' is certainly my favorite Batman movie I've seen.
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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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Ultimately what I end up writing about is helplessness and the flipside of that, empowerment.
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I didn't study writing. I didn't write anything substantial until I got to California.
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The thing with the comics is that you have license to go down every alley your brain can think of.
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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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I respect the rules of TV, the rules of keeping things commercial and interesting and pop-y and fun.
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I have an obligation to do press, but I don't have an obligation to stay out dancing until 3 A.M.
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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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There's a lot of anger in the Twitter-verse, as I've discovered. But there's a lot of love.
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I don't understand why or how anyone ever pulled off the whole idea of 'women are inferior.'
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I'll always protect what I'm working on. Which is why more and more of it is stuff only I can ruin.
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That's the great thing about 'The West Wing:' you really felt like you were in the thick of it.
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I get recognized just often enough to keep my ego bouncing along, but not so much that I can't go places.
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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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If somebody is in a story, they need to be there for a reason, and not just to set up somebody else's story.
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I don't have a ton of enemies. I get along with people pretty well when I'm not annoying them to death.
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I love a straightforward character. I am the guy who loves Cyclops on the 'X-Men', because he is square.
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Kristen Stewart is kind of captivating; she can just stare at stuff and it works because I still want to watch it.
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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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I eat 'The Walking Dead' like its made of brains. Can't even watch the show, I love the book so much.
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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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TV's like whitewater rafting: Without rocks, there wouldn't be rapids, and it wouldn't be as much fun.
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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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The secret to multitasking is that it isn't actually multitasking. It's just extreme focus and organization.
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Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It's fun!
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When people say to me, 'Why are you so good at writing at women?' I say, 'Why isn't everybody?'
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Why anybody gets my sense of humor I never know, but I do know that when they do, I keep them as close as I possibly can.
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Shakespeare's language does not require a British accent. It requires a facility with language, and that's all.
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I don't have a particular ambition in any medium. I just want to keep telling stories. If somebody pays me, also good.
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I love all genres. The only thing I get stymied by is the Family Drama. I don't necessarily know how to approach that.
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There are two things that interest me - and they're both power, ultimately. One is not having it and one is abusing it.
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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 was very proud of my father, and I admired him, but I always thought he was more interesting than the shows he was working on.
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The people who feel the most strongly about something will turn on you the most vociferously if they feel you've let them down.
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Movies were always the goal, but I had a lot of goals. Twelve-year-old me wanted to do everything: act and sing and paint and dance.
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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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I was a little bit ashamed of American TV because I thought, 'None of the shows my father works on are as funny as my father.'
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In TV, there's so much compromise, it does start to grate a bit. But if you're a writer or an actor, it really is the place to be.
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Science fiction is like a blender - you can put in any historical experience and take influences from everything you see, read or experience.
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My life has included a study of Shakespeare and to me it's very natural, but I know that it's not always accessible to other people.
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I never write anything without humor, just because I like humor, but at the same time, it is a way for anything fantastical to become relatable.
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I also don't trust Caribou anymore. They're out there, on the tundra, waiting... Something's going down. I'm right about this.
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When I was a kid, maybe 11, I remember saying, 'When I grow up I wanna have enough money to buy a really cool car, because I won't.'
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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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I love to write. I love it. I mean there's nothin in the world I like better, and that includes sex, probably because I'm so very bad at it.
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A lot of people who saw 'The Avengers' didn't read comic books, don't like comic book movies, and enjoyed it. That was huge for me.
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There are two things that I cannot resist: one is musicals and the other is a spaceship in trouble. But I am smart enough not to combine the two things.
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I still believe that even though 'The Empire Strikes Back' is better in innumerable ways than 'Star Wars,' 'Star Wars' wins.
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I've often said there's no such thing as a track record in TV. I seen people who created things much more successful than mine treated like dirt.
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My mom is a teacher, my dad was a writer for television, his dad was a writer for television, and combining those two has been sort of the goal of my life.
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We need narrative; it feeds us in a particular way, and deconstructing it completely before you've actually experienced it, I think it leaves us unfed.
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