I can never be who I was. I can simply watch her with sympathy, understanding, and some measure of awe. There she goes, backpack on, headed for the subway or the airport. She did her best with her eyeliner. She learned a new word she wants to try out on you. She is ambling along. She is looking for it.— Lena Dunham
The most grateful Lena Dunham quotes that will add value to your life
Don't wait around for someone else to tell your story. Do it yourself by whatever means necessary.
Women saying "I'm not a feminist" is my greatest pet peeve.
Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you're a feminist.
I have work, and then I have a dinner thing. And then I am busy, trying to become who I am.
The people accusing me of being productive don't know how hard it is for me to just bend my elbow sometimes.
Survivors are so often re-victimized by a system that demands they prove their purity and innocence.
Confidence lets you pull anything off, even Tevas with socks.
At a brunch potluck, I realize that I do, in fact, hate everybody.
But ambition is a funny thing: it creeps in when you least expect it and keeps you moving, even when you think you want to stay put.
Enjoy going through life as yourself.
My thoughts on body image are simple: if you are being kind to yourself mentally and physically you never have anything to be ashamed for, ever.
I'm not jealous in traditional ways - of boyfriends or babies or bank accounts - but I do covet other women's styles of being.
Women want to control other women because they've been controlled themselves.
It's a cycle of control. I'm not blaming women for that, but I am saying we're part of a toxic culture that's feeding all of us the same messaging.
Hell hath no fury like a woman who has accidentally napped.
Escapism for me can come in the form of someone else's reality.
Don't put yourself in situations you'd like to run away from.
But when you run, run back to yourself.
You don't need to be flamboyant in your life to be flamboyant in your work.
There's a certain grace to having your heart broken.
I've been a little haphazard about how nude I get, and the only thing that keeps me from getting anxious about it is that I've had complete control over it.
My sister is bold, independent, and not afraid to wear overalls.
Some of her first words as a child were "that's not fair," and she's been committed to social justice ever since. She's my hero.
The idea of being a feminist-so many women have come to this idea of it being anti-male and not able to connect with the opposite sex-but what feminism is about is equality and human rights. For me that is just an essential part of my identity. I hope [Girls] contributes to a continuance of feminist dialogue
When someone shows you how little you mean to them and you keep coming back for more, before you know it you start to mean less to yourself.
The end never comes when you think it will.
It's always ten steps past the worst moment, then a weird turn to the left.
Barbie’s disfigured. It’s fine to play with her just as long as you keep that in mind.
I feel prettier with a naked face and ChapStick. But a good haircut makes a huge difference.
But I am a girl with a keen interest in having it all, and what follows are hopeful dispatches from the frontlines of that struggle.
I used to think Twitter was a waste of time and sort of ran counter to my ability to be productive and to write and now Twitter feels like a really cool part of the creative experience.
When I was nine, I wrote a vow of celibacy on a piece of paper and ate it.
Once, my little sister was walking down the street in her thick black glasses, and a homeless man muttered, Talk nerdy to me.
Throughout the day I often ask myself, Could I fall asleep right now? and the answer is always a resounding yes.
I think about my best friendship - which the Marnie-Hannah friendship in Girls is based on - as like a great romance of my young life.
I deserved kisses. I deserved to be treated like a piece of meat but also respected for my intellect.
I seriously consider television to be the people's medium.
It's not brave to do something that doesn't scare you.
I think of my body as a tool to do the stuff I need to do, but not the be all end all of my existence.
When we, as young women, are given the space to read, the act becomes a happy, private corner we can return to for the rest of our lives. We develop this love of reading by turning to stories that speak to the most special, secret parts of us.
I don't want to get married until all gay people can get married.
I would be a horrible girlfriend at this point in my life, because I’m both needy and unavailable.
You’ve learned a new rule and it’s simple: don’t put yourself in situations you’d like to run away from. But when you run, run back to yourself, like that bunny in Runaway Bunny runs to its mother, but you are the mother and you’ll see that later and be very, very proud.
Here's who it's okay to share a bed with: .
. . A heating pad. An empty bag of pita chips. The love of your life.
For me, my life goal is to be in a position where I can wear pajamas 24 hours a day. That's what makes me happy.
I'm always afraid that I'm being unprofessional, yet I continue to sign all my e-mails 'xoxo.'
The thing that's so hard about being a kid is you don't have enough knowledge to explain things yourself.
It completely sickens me what our culture is doing to women.
Last week I wore a big top and little shorts and a bunch of stuff came out saying I was without pants. 'The No-Pants Look,' it said. And I didn't go out without pants, I had shorts on... If Olivia Wilde had gone to a party with a big silky top and little shorts she might have been told her outfit was cute... What it was really: 'Why did you show us your thighs?'
Luxury is nice, but creativity is nicer.
I value my health and my happiness. And I've realized exercise can give me both of those things.
I still go to a party and say something embarrassing to someone, and then write them a weird e-mail about it the next day, and then write them a text because I think they didn't get the e-mail. No matter what happens with your level of success, you still have to deal with all the baggage that is yourself.
I think some people are really connected to who they were as children. And some people aren't.
One of my favorite facts about Jason [Benjamin] is that he collects shirts from tattoo parlors. He has a bunch of tattoo parlor T-shirts, but no tattoos. And then he wears, like, vans and jeans. My boyfriend said he looks like a modern Bruce Springsteen, which is a pretty high compliment.
Calling someone a drama queen is so negative. Why not 'content creator'?