78 Quotes of Shonda Rhimes

” No one’s body is up for comment. No matter how small, how curvy, how round, how flat. If you love you, then I love you. “
” There are stories to be told that are still untold and characters to be portrayed that haven’t been portrayed correctly. So there’s work to be done. “
” We have people say, ‘There’s not enough women writers.’ I have a writers room that is almost nothing but women over at ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ “
” I don’t know that I think women have to throw out the fairy tale ending. I just think they have to decide what their fairy tale ending is – and not go with the standard one that everyone’s told them they’re supposed to have. “
” It’s important to have people who are absolutely willing to say you’re wrong or who have a totally different perspective than you do on everything. Fresh ideas are hard to come by, and good ones are even harder. “
” I’ve never personally had to use a Planned Parenthood. But I have many friends who have and do and did, and I think it’s important that that access be there for everyone. “
” I actually like being alone. I spend most evenings reading and taking long baths. “
” This is going to sound crazy, but there was a period of time where on TLC they would show those surgeries – like a woman had a 90-pound tumor, or they separated these twins. And my sister and I – she lived in Ohio when I lived in California – would watch them together on the phone. “
” I think I’m most proud of the fact that I have figured out how to exist as both a creative person and artist, and a businesswoman and manager. Because those two things do not go together. “
” I love having boyfriends. I love dating. I do not want a husband in my house. “
” Having a strong sense of self is fundamental to you, no matter what you’re doing. I don’t care if you’re a stay at home mom raising kids or if you’re the CEO of a corporation. It’s really important for your survival. “
” There’s nothing wrong with being driven. And there’s nothing wrong with putting yourself first to reach your goals. “
” When I’m hard at work, when I’m deep in it, there is no other feeling. For me, my work is at all times building a nation out of thin air. It is manning the troops. It is painting a canvas. It is hitting every high note. It is running a marathon. It is being Beyonce. And it is all of those things at the same time. “
” Why should I dislike anything about my appearance? I came off the factory line this way. I am perfect. “
” I don’t know why people don’t feel like being positive is much more powerful than being negative. “
” My worst trait is that I’m an introvert. When I’ve led stuff, the hardest thing for me to overcome has been my natural desire to run and hide. I’m very proud of the fact that I have been able to do that. “
” ‘Grey’s’ has this universal, global thing to it. It works all over the world. “
” There have to be practical steps. There’s no point in holding out for a magic door because there are no magic doors. You can dream your life away or actually do what you dream of doing. That’s the most valuable advice I can give. “
” Disney has made $2 billion on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ I don’t have $2 billion. “
” There’s racist casting, and there is normal casting. Normal casting, to me, is a process that strives for representation and, in many cases, strives to simply portray the world as it actually is instead of as falsely non-inclusive. And sadly, sometimes that involves removing the whitewash that exists on history. “
” I don’t get to watch a lot of TV, mainly because I’m busy working. And I pretty much try not to watch very much television at all, even American television, until I’m done with a season, because things start to creep into my head otherwise. “
” For me, beauty is me at the top of my game, going as hard as I can, without fear of what anyone else thinks. Believing in yourself when nobody else is believing in you is half the battle about anything. “
” You can’t tell stories and really walk in someone’s shoes and not have a love for them, even if they’re doing horrible things. “
” I always like to say our shows should be something that, you know, before 10 o’clock, if your kid wanders into the room, they should be able to glance at the TV, watch what’s happening, but not quite know what’s happening. That’s always my standard. “
” I’d split up with a boyfriend and gone to Vermont to stare at my navel, and then 9/11 happened, and I spent days being scared of what was happening in the world. So I made a list of all the things I wanted to do, and at the top was adopt a baby. Nine months and two days later, I brought my daughter home. “
” My favorite thing to do is rip the covers off a script when reading for writers to hire and make everybody read without names on the covers of the script. I can’t tell you how many times my writers, women and men, will pick people of color and women much more often than they would with a cover on the script. “
” I do say all I’ve ever written about is being alone. And most people take that as, ‘Oh, that’s so sad.’ And I always say, ‘No. No, all I ever write about is being alone, and sometimes that’s a beautiful, beautiful thing.’ “
” If we’re not shooting, if we’re not filming, if you’re not standing on the soundstage, turn off your phone and go live your life. “
” Work doesn’t work without play. “
” I think my goal is to find a way to spend all of my time writing. I mean, sort of; true success is I’m doing nothing but writing if I do my job correctly. “
” The entire world is skewed from the white male perspective. If you’re a woman, they have to say it’s a female-driven comedy. If it’s a comedy with Latinos in it, it’s a Latino comedy. ‘Normal’ is white male, and I find that to be shocking and ridiculous. “
” There is a part of me that’s oblivious. People always ask me, ‘What obstacles have you faced?’ and I always think, ‘What are you talking about?’ Whether or not there were obstacles, I never saw obstacles. It’s never occurred to me that I wasn’t good enough for something. “
” Frankly, the idea that we need to be beautiful, if you really think about it, it’s odd. But if you can turn it inward and see yourself as beautiful, that’s what changes the world. “
” When the press began asking me for interviews, I freaked out. My instinct is to hide. “
” Writing for television is completely different from movie scriptwriting. A movie is all about the director’s vision, but television is a writer’s medium. “
” Most of the women I saw on TV didn’t seem like people I actually knew. They felt like ideas of what women are. “
” When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well. “
” Calling a show a ‘guilty pleasure’ is like saying ‘I’m embarrassed to say I watch it but I can’t stop.’ That’s not a compliment. “
” I don’t understand why people don’t understand that the world of TV should look like the world outside of TV. “
” I’ve learned this is a very long marriage doing a television show. I like the people that I work with to be people I enjoy, so you want to cast people who are as excited and enthusiastic as you are. “
” I like working more than I like being at home. Facing that fact is incredibly difficult to handle, because what kind of person likes working more than being at home? “
” Let’s be honest: I call myself a titan. I’ve got issues. “
” I don’t read work emails after 7 P.M. or on weekends. “
” My poor children have been the subject of all of my experiments. We’re still doing what I call ‘Amish summers’ where I turn off all electronics and pack away all their computers and stuff and watch them scream for a while until they settle down into, like, an electronic-free summer. “
” You don’t necessarily have to watch something for 14 seasons. It’s not necessarily the way everything’s supposed to be. “
” The idea that the more you hide something, the more it becomes something that’s supposed to feel shameful is very true. “
” My philosophy was always try to look like Whitney Houston at all times. That did not work out so well. “
” I spent a lot of times sitting in big rooms full of a lot of men and executives thinking, ‘What would Oprah say right now?’ and trying to channel that as hard as I could. And mostly that was just about having the confidence. If this woman did it, it can be done. And there’s no reason for anybody to stop you. “
” What I found fascinating for me was, I’ve never gotten so much approval and accolades and warmth and congratulations as when I had a guy on my arm that people thought I was going to marry. It was amazing. I mean, nobody congratulated me that hard when I had my three children. “
” You have to have more people who don’t look like you in the writers room. I try to have some people who don’t look like me in my writers room. I think it’s important to have a group of voices, of people who can dissent. “
” I’ve always said if I’m winning at one thing, I’m failing at another. “
” I say it in the writers’ room all the time: My black is not your black. What’s terrifying is that, just the same way we’ve all accepted that normal is white, everybody seems to buy into the idea that there’s only one way to be black or one way to be Hispanic. That’s as damaging as anything else. “
” The way I write my shows, every character is its own organic thing. No character has a life at all until I see it played by somebody. “
” To lead or to parent means not being liked sometimes. “
” I keep getting asked how I write about such smart, strong women, and my response is, what’s the alternative? Weak, stupid women? They’re just normal people, not role models – if you’re aspiring to be like any of them, something’s a little bit wrong. You may want to dress like one or have her job, but do not aspire to be her! “
” I don’t think there was a time I ever thought of myself as anything but a writer. I thought I was going to be the next Toni Morrison. “
” My daughter thinks my shows suck. “
” I’m just obsessed with ‘Game of Thrones,’ especially Arya Stark. And I love ‘Orange is the New Black,’ although I just want to inhale that all at once. I keep trying to stretch it out, but it’s so hard. “
” I actually really love Twitter – I used to feel angry and insulted when people criticised me or the shows, but now I don’t take it too seriously. What I do love is that there’s this great direct line to fans. “
” Most writing staffs have this crazy high turnover, and then everyone’s really miserable, and I don’t understand that. I don’t know why you don’t grow people to then be able to take over as you. That’s how I can have more shows. “
” Shondaland is my company. I run that mother. I am in charge. I am the leader. It’s fantastic. It’s also really hard. As it should be. “
” People expect me to be, first and foremost, a storyteller. I lead by telling stories. “
” No matter how you feel about social media, you can’t deny the giant that is Facebook. “
” I have found that if I spend the first hour of my day at home, I get more done, and less people steal my time. “
” Sometimes people don’t want to be empowered because they are afraid of being the person to make the decisions. “
” I work for ABC. If the thing that ABC is paying me for is storytelling – not to make sure that a costume is exactly right or all those other things – then it is up to me to find the most creative space possible so that that function of my job can happen. “
” I am never worried that I’m not gonna get my work done. I was the kid who got straight As and was a little too intense in school. Like, I am a perfectionist, and I am going to sit at the front of the class with my hand raised. “
” I think that women are raised to believe that they’re supposed to want certain things, and so you feel like you’re supposed to apologize when you don’t want those things. “
” What’s great about Netflix is that everything is kind of instantaneous, and it goes around the world instantly. Everything is released at once. The format can be a little bit whatever you want. “
” I don’t ever approach anything from the issue first, so I can’t tell you that I’ve thought about tackling universal health care. I’d have to have some great story I’d want to tell, and then universal health care would become part of the way to tell that story. “
” A lot of people think that they are leaders just because they have been placed in charge of something – and you’re not. “
” I learned how to write TV by writing ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ “
” A movie is a movie is a movie. But it has to have an adjective in front of it if it’s not a white guy’s movie. “
” I think the point of our country, our planet, the reason we’re all here, one of the best things that we can do is be concerned about something even when it doesn’t concern us. That’s the whole point. “
” When you help make people healthier, it makes the nation healthier; it makes the world healthier. It makes the economy healthier. “
” Most people, I think, have accepted that it’s not up to them to control other people’s choices, except, it seems, when it comes to Washington, D.C., where everyone has an opinion about people’s uteruses. “
” I’m not a person who’s interested in getting involved with politics just to get involved with them, and I don’t need to. “
” There’s always women of many different races on my shows, and there are always women who look many different ways, but there is still a size thing in this industry. It’s hard. I mean to have to say, ‘I want a larger woman to be an actor on my shows.’ Or, ‘Find me a larger woman,’ is almost insulting to me. “