Top 69 Joss Whedon Quotes

Very occasionally, if you pay really close attention, life doesn’t suck.


Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, sauté it, whatever. MAKE.


If you can’t run, you crawl. If you can’t crawl– you find someone to carry you.


Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.


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.


There’s a fine line between support and stalking and let’s all stay on the right side of that.


If you’re going to make a science fiction movie, then have a hover craft chase, for God’s sake.


Two things that matter to me. Emotional resonance and rocket launchers.


You take people, you put them on a journey, you give them peril, you find out who they really are.


Recognizing power in another does not diminish your own.


War is not just the business of death, it is the antitheses of life.


My soul is wrapped in harsh repose,Midnight descends in raven-colored clothes,But soft… behold!A sunlight beamButting a swath of glimmering gleam.My heart expands,’tis grown a bulge in it,Inspired by your beauty…Effulgent.


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.


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.


Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.


Don’t give people what they want, give them what they need.


You either have to write or you shouldn’t be writing. That’s all.


Everyone has their first date and the object is to hide your flaws. And then you’re in a relationship, and it’s all about hiding your disappointment. And then, once you’re married, it’s about hiding your sins.


I also don’t trust Caribou anymore. They’re out there, on the tundra, waiting… Something’s going down. I’m right about this.


There’s a time and place for everything, and I believe it’s called ‘fan fiction’.


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.


Every day’s a negotiation and sometimes it’s done with guns.


That girl will rain destruction down on you and your ship. She is an albatross, Captain. Way I remember it, albatross was a ship’s good luck, ’til some idiot killed it. (to Inara) Yes, I’ve read a poem. Try not to faint.


The thing about changing the world… Once you do it, the world’s all different.


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.


He’s like Super Librarian, y’know? Everyone forgets, Willow, that knowledge is the ultimate weapon.


Sadly, I hate foreigners. And Americans. And animals. And flora, and some fauna. Also the magma that is the very core of this our mother earth. I’m full o’ hate!


If every vampire who said he was at The Crucifixion, was actually there, it would have been like Woodstock . . .


Back in my day, which was about a week and a half ago, we took our lumps and we got back up and we cried like babies and quit and then put on weight.


I walk. I talk. I shop. I sneeze. I’m gonna be a fireman when the floods roll back. There’s trees in the desert since you moved out, and I don’t sleep on a bed of bones.


Spike: Bloody hell, woman, you’re cutting off my circulation!Buffy: You don’t have any circulation.Spike: Well, it pinches


Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself.


Why do you write strong female characters?Because you’re still asking me that question.


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.


There’s no fuzzy middle ground. You either believe that women are people or you don’t. It’s that simple.


To forgive is an act of compassion… It’s not done because people deserve it. It’s done because they need it.


Everything I do is going to contain the message that men who are going to be comfortable with powerful women are going to be more powerful men


Something can be very funny and then suddenly very terrifying-very exciting, and suddenly very ridiculous. I think that’s what life is like, that’s what interests me.


So, why do you write these strong female characters?Because you’re still asking me that ques


River Tam (Summer Glau): No power in the ‘verse can stop me.


She’s terse. I can be terse. Once, in flight school, I was laconic.


If you can’t do something smart, do something right.


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.


Everything I do in its essence is about helplessness. That’s the story I want to tell all the time. It’s the story I wanted to live – somebody who appears to be, or is, weak becoming stronger.


Misogyny… 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 is confronted with it.


I’d rather make a show 100 people need to see, than a show that 1000 people want to see.


The news isn’t there to tell you what happened. It’s there to tell you what it wants you to hear or what it thinks you want to hear.


The English Language is my bitch. Or I don’t speak it very well. Whatever.


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.


Anything can be good. Even Last Action Hero could’ve been good. There’s an idea somewhere in almost any movie : if you can find something that you love, then you can do it. If you can’t, it doesn’t matter how skilful you are…


Do you love me?What?Do you?I love you. I don’t know if I trust you.Maybe you shouldn’t do either.Maybe I’m the one who should decide!


The first lesson a watcher learns is to separate truth from illusion. Because in the world of magicks, it’s the hardest thing to do.


Well, I guess I kinda worked it out. If there’s no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters… , then all that matters is what we do. ‘Cause that’s all there is. What we do. Now. Today.


When Roseanne read the first script of mine that got into her hands without being edited by someone else she said, ‘How can you write a middle-aged woman this well?’ I said, ‘If you met my mom you wouldn’t ask’.


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.


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.


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.’


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.


It’s only recently women got to be action heroes on TV. Progress is slow, and often non-existent. There’s plenty of cool comics with female characters… But all it takes is one Catwoman to set the cause back a decade.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


TV does a thing that film can never do. It takes you to a place that no novel written after the late 19th century can. You can just go through people’s lives it’s like a marriage.


My mom and dad were divorced, and although they got along very well, my mom thought American television was reprehensible, so I was raised on the BBC. I kind of agreed with her. We watched American news, though.


I kept telling my mom that reading comic books would pay off.


There’s a lot of anger in the Twitter-verse, as I’ve discovered. But there’s a lot of love.


My dad would go to work every day and write in a room full of funny people. He enjoyed it. I know great writers who find the process agonising but to me, writing has always been sheer joy.



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