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“No is a powerful word. To me, it’s the single most powerful word in the English language. Said clearly, strongly and with enough frequency and force, it can alter the course of history.”
“Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.”
“Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. 'He is very dreamy,' she says. 'But he is not the sun. You are.'”
“You can waste your life drawing lines. Or you can live your life crossing them.”
“Losing yourself does not happen all at once. Losing yourself happens one no at a time.”
“Not a single woman in the room could handle being told, 'You’re awesome.' I couldn’t handle being told I am awesome. What in the hell is wrong with us?”
“I find it offensive to motherhood to call being a mother a job. Being a mother isn't a job. It's who someone is. It's who I am. You can quit a job. I can't quit being a mother. I'm a mother forever. Mothers are never off the clock, mothers are never on vacation.”
Shonda Rhimes, U.S. TV producer, screenwriter, writer
Full name: Shonda Lynn Rhimes.