30 Shonda Rhimes Quotes That Are Truly Motivating

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Shonda Rhimes can do no wrong.

The TV producer, writer, and author has provided with enough entertainment content to last a lifetime. Whether it be through her Shondaland lineup of Grey's Anatmony and How to Get Away With Murder or her prolific books, she knows how to keep us entertained until the end.

She's smart, talented, ambitious, kind, caring, and someone who makes you want to be better. For that, we thank you, Shonda.

If you need some extra words of encouragement, the advice provided by this woman is just what you should turn to. Below, you'll find some of Shonda's best quotes to push you in the right direction of your life.

Best Shonda Rhimes Quotes

  • "One word—no. 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."

  • "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."

  • "You can't say yes to everything and not say yes to taking care of yourself."

  • "Ditch the dream and be a doer."

  • "You can waste your lives drawing lines, or you can live your life crossing them."

  • "Most of the women I saw on television didn't seem like people I actually knew. They felt like ideas of what women are."

  • "Everyone's got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it."

  • "I don't know why people don't feel like being positive is much more powerful than being negative."

  • "Life is messy. That's how we're made."

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

Inspiring Shonda Rhimes Quotes

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

  • "Don't call me lucky, call me a badass."

  • "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."

  • "Your body is yours. No one's body is up for comment. No matter how small, large, how curvy, how flat."

  • "What's the point of being a woman in power if you can't help women be in power?"

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

  • "I am not lucky. You know what I am? I am smart, I am talented, I take advantage of the opportunities that come my way and I work really, really hard."

  • "And at work I have a rule that you're not allowed to come into my office unless you're coming into my office with a solution to a problem, and not [only] with a problem."

  • "Anyone who tells you they are doing it all perfectly is a liar."

  • "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 attempt we make to find our person, to keep our person, to convince our person to not leave us alone."

Encouraging Shonda Rhimes Quotes

  • "I am never more sure of myself about a topic than when I have absolutely no experience with it."

  • "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."

  • "The day you commit to something or someone. The day you get your heart broken. The day you meet your soulmate. Those are the big days."

  • "Criticism is a choice. Optimism is a better choice."

  • "We all spend our lives kicking the crap out of ourselves for not being this way or that way, not having this thing or that thing, not being like this person or that person."

  • "The only limit to success is your own imagination."

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

  • "Power is useless unless you know you have it."

  • "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."

  • "She's learned, as difficult as it is, how to be her own sun."

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