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Rachel Maddow Quotes

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Rachel Maddow quotes: the MSNBC personality’s best stuff.

“People dream their dreams and work hard and achieve their dreams.”

“Be part of good decisions because the stuff you do now you will want to be bragging about when you become 90.”

“The best way to guess what is going to work out in the future and to figure out what you’ll be glad you played a role in is to get smart and get smart fast, to take the opportunities you’ve got very seriously, to continue your education not necessarily in a grad school way, but in a lifelong way, be intellectually and morally rigorous in your own decision-making and expect that the important people in your life do the same if they want to stay important to you.”

“If you’re someone people count on, particularly in difficult moments, that’s a sign of a life lived honorably.”

“The single best thing about honesty is that it requires no follow-up.”

“Humans are ambitious and rational and proud.  And we don’t fall in line with people who don’t respect us and who we don’t believe have our best interests at heart.  We are willing to follow leaders, but only to the extent that we believe they call on our best, not our worst.”

“Activism is setting a goal of something you would like to be different, and figuring out what would have to change to achieve that goal.  It’s sort of like math.”

“The thing about rights is they’re not actually supposed to be voted on.  That’s why they’re called rights.”

“People who disagree on important issues don’t agree on the facts.”

“We no longer have to let society happen to us.  We get to create our own.”

“When people get to speak about themselves and the things that matter to them, on their own terms, we see them as who they are.  They can’t be reduced to objects of derision.”

“I think it’s both annoying and beneficial that there’s so much freedom online.”

“Some people feel like stuff just happens to you and you cope as best you can.  Some people feel like we can change what happens not only to ourselves but to other people.  That’s me, and I like that in anybody.”

“If everybody can author their own story, if media is democratizing because everybody can make a really good-looking website… that’s the way we learn now instead of in books.  It means that more people get to tell their own story in their own terms rather than having to go through publishers and editors and executives.”

“Ever since puberty, ever since I was 11 or 12, I’ve had cyclical depression.  That’s something that has been a defining feature of my life as an adult.  It’s manageable.  But it’s real.  And it doesn’t take away from my joy or my work or my energy, but coping with depression is something that is part of the everyday way that I live and have lived for as long as I can remember.”

“A handkerchief can never be put in another pocket after it has been in one pocket.  I don’t walk under ladders.  I have items of clothing that are lucky for me.  That rotates, but I am luck-oriented.”

“I’m not a screamer.  I’m confrontational, but I don’t think that translates into anger.”

“We need people who are good at explaining facts, who are good at editing, and who can visualize things in creative ways.  We need good artists and we need good writers.”

“It’s not to say that technological innovation is not a creative enterprise.  Google changed the world, absolutely.  But it didn’t make the world.  It organized it.”

“The landscape for new cultural creation has never been richer because of technological and organizational advances.”

“I loved being on the radio.  Being paid to talk?  It’s like being paid to eat.”

“Gay people exist.  There’s nothing we can do in public policy that makes more of us exist, or less of us exist.  And you guys have been arguing for a generation that public policy ought to essentially demean gay people as a way of expressing disapproval of the fact that we exist, but you don’t make any less of us exist.  You just are arguing in favor of more discrimination, and more discrimination doesn’t make straight people’s lives any better.”

“If you come out, you are making the same step marginally easier for others, as others did before you.  If you do not pay that back to the universe, then the universe will kick your ass.”

“I care a lot about what my girlfriend thinks, and my friends, but ultimately it’s me in the mirror.  I just want to be proud of what I do.”

“I want to matter.  When something important is happening, I want people to feel like they should come to me.  Sometimes news will break during our hour, and whether or not we’re first, we’ve got to absorb it, figure out that it’s important, fact-check it, turn it around, present it to the viewers, and we nail it, and that can be a real source of pride.”

“You can’t really do any worthwhile work if you’re hoping for a specific response from people.  This is what I do and some people like it and some people don’t, and some days you’re up and some days you’re down in terms of whether people think you’re a good person or a bad person.”

“I’m always aware of all the ways that failure can creep into everything I’m doing.  I’m constantly battling in order to achieve something that I’m not embarrassed by, which people think is self-deprecating, but it’s f*cking motivating.”

“My job is to explain what’s going on, what’s important and whether there are factual and historically analogous things that might help you connect and understand the importance of what’s happening.  If I’m waylaid by being upset or angry, that doesn’t help me explain what’s happening.”

“That’s what I do with the news every day.  I find something, figure out if it’s true, figure out what I think is important about it and then explain what I think is important about it.  And I try to be accurate and insightful.”

“I get to come to work every day and make sense of it and explain it and find out new information about it, and put that out in the world.  I feel like I’m doing work that’s needed.  That feels good.”

“I am a cheerleader for the American media.  We just need to keep doing what we’re doing.”

“I’m not pretending to be somebody that I’m not on television.  But there’s a slice of me that I put on television.”

“I’m a sarcastic person.  I learn through humor.”

“My life is better with every year of living it.”

“I would caution against believing life is short and to live everyday as if it is your last… as if you’re ever only going to be roughly the age you are now.”

“Hopefully life is long.  Do stuff you will enjoy thinking about and telling stories about for many years to come.  Do stuff you will want to brag about.”

“Do not for yourself today, but for yourself to be proud of at the end of your life.  Do not for the fame, but for the glory – learn the difference.  Do not just for your own life, but for the life of your nation, that is still, for all its challenges and its flaws, is in many ways the best hope on earth.  A country that needs you and the best you have to offer and your best judgment.”

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