Dreams are lovely. But they are just dreams. Fleeting, ephemeral, pretty. But dreams do not come true just because you dream them. It's hard work that makes things happen. It's hard work that creates change.

— Shonda Rhimes

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You can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.

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The best stories are often true...The narrative of human life is most beautiful when told truthfully and without boundaries.

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Maybe you know exactly what it is you dream of being, or maybe you're paralyzed because you have no idea what your passion is. The truth is, it doesn't matter. You don't have to know. You just have to keep moving forward. You just have to keep doing something, seizing the next opportunity, staying open to trying something new.

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At some point, you have to make a decision.

Boundaries don't keep other people out. They fence you in. Life is messy. That's how we're made. So, you can waste your lives drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them

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Perfect is boring and dreams are not real.

Just... do. So you think, "I wish I could travel." Great. Sell your crappy car, buy a ticket to Bangkok, and go. Right now. I'm serious.

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This moment right here, me standing up here all brown with my boobs and my Thursday night of network television full of women of color, competitive women, strong women, women who own their bodies and whose lives revolve around their work instead of their men, women who are big dogs, that could only be happening right now.

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I think a lot of people dream. And while they are busy dreaming, the really happy people, the really successful people, the really interesting, engaged, powerful people, are busy doing.

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Nobody got anything great by playing it safe.

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Finally I want to say this: If you are a kid and you are out there and you are chubby and not so cute and nerdy and shy and invisible and in pain, whatever your race, whatever your gender, whatever your sexual orientation, I’m standing here to tell you: You are not alone. Your tribe of people, they are out there in the world. Waiting for you.

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Boundaries don't keep other people out, they fence you in.

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Mother is a verb, not a noun.

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I'm a black woman every day, and I'm not confused about that.

I'm not worried about that. I don't need to have a discussion with you about how I feel as a black woman, because I don't feel disempowered as a black woman.

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About Shonda Rhimes

Quotes 53 sayings
Profession Screenwriter
Birthday January 13, 1970

I actually like being alone. I spend most evenings reading and taking long baths.

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Making it through the ceiling to the other side was simply a matter of running on a path created by every other woman's footprints.

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It's been a long time since Roe v. Wade, and I do think most people are able to have respect for other people's choices. 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.

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You are not alone. You are seen. I am with you. You are not alone.

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Ive 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.

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You literally can shoot someone in the face on television and a 7-year-old can watch it. But you can't show the slight of a man's hip, because dear God, someone might think of sex. And while we all hope our kids grow up to have sex, we do not hope they grow up to shoot someone in the face.

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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.

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You never know the biggest day of your life is your biggest day, not until it’s happening. You don’t recognize the biggest day of your life, not until you’re right in the middle of it. The day you commit to something or someone. The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soul mate. The day you realize there’s not enough time because you wanna live forever. Those are the biggest days. The perfect days.

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The expected is what keeps us steady. It's the unexpected that changes our lives forever.

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We spend our whole lives worrying about the future, planning for the future, trying to predict the future, as if figuring it out will cushion the blow. But the future is always changing. The future is the home of our deepest fears and wildest hopes. But one thing is certain when it finally reveals itself. The future is never the way we imagined it.

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When people show you who they are, believe them. I carry that with me a lot. It has served me well.

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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.

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Nobody ever asks a man how he gets stuff done. Nobody asks a man how he finds balance.

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Most of the women I saw on TV didn't seem like people I actually knew.

They felt like ideas of what women are.

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A hashtag is not helping... A hashtag is not a movement. A hashtag does not make you Dr. King. A hashtag does not change anything. It's a hashtag.

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I happen to like debating, and I like to debate like a lawyer, and I can argue any points to death, and I will.

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Everyone always says to me, 'Why aren't there more people of color on television?' I'm like, 'Why don't you ask a bunch of people who aren't putting people of color on television why there aren't more people of color on television?'

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It can be scary to find out you've been wrong about something but we can't be afraid to change our minds, to accept that things are different, that they'll never be the same, for better or for worse. We have to be willing to give up what we used to believe. The more we're willing to accept what is and not what we thought, we'll find ourselves exactly where we belong.

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I was 4 and dictating stories into a tape recorder, and my mom typed them up.

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Mother is not a title. Mother is a verb. It is not who you are. It's what you do.

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I don't understand why people don't understand that the world of TV should look like the world outside of TV.

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The only limit to success is your own imagination.

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Ditch the dream and be a doer.

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Whenever you see me somewhere succeeding in one area of my life, that almost certainly means I am failing in another area of my life.

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We all think we’re going to be great and we feel a little bit robbed when our expectations aren’t met. But sometimes our expectations sell us short. Sometimes the expected simply pales in comparison to the unexpected. You got to wonder why we cling to our expectations, because the expected is just what keeps us steady. Standing. Still. The expected's just the beginning, the unexpected is what changes our lives.

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I never, ever pay attention to the ratings.

I stopped paying attention to the ratings somewhere around season two or three of Grey's. It's something I have no control over, so I don't even pay attention.

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I don't know if anyone has noticed but I only ever write about one thing: being alone. The fear of being alone, the desire to not be alone, the attempts we make to find our person, to keep our person, to convince our person to not leave us alone, the joy of being with our person and thus no longer alone, the devastation of being left alone. The need to hear the words: You are not alone.

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I really don't think there's a world in which you can do anything with anybody.

Because we're in the world of the White House, I think there are certain things you can do, and larger things that can happen, but I don't think you can do anything.

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I think it's sad, and weird, and strange that [race in casting] is still a thing. It's 2013. Somebody else needs to get their act together.

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There is no longer one way to consume TV.

Some shows you want to watch live, some shows you only discover through streaming, some shows you just feel you need to DVR.

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Cynicism is a choice. Optimism is a better choice.

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I'm fortunate. I've always had medical care. I've always had access. 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.

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My parents created a world in which the only ­barrier to your success is your own imagination.

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You want to be a writer? A writer is someone who writes every day, so start writing. You don't have a job? Get one. Any job. Don't sit at home waiting for the magical opportunity. Who are you? Prince William? No. Get a job. Go to work. Do something until you can do something else.

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I am terrible with examples. I can never think of them when anybody asks for an example.

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I remember saying, very almost jokingly, I'm going to take over the world through television, that's my plan. And I said it to my agent, and I said it to my friends, and I said it to myself.

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I cannot keep track and lots of great shows go unnoticed.

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