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Ryan Murphy Quotes

Ryan Patrick Murphy

Ryan Murphy quotes: the producer slash director slash writer slash wearer of interesting clothes, learns us.

“We need to focus on bringing our best, not worrying about what anyone else is bringing.”

“Great lessons are only learned when the stakes are high.”

“With success comes growth.”

“The way to acceptance is understanding. You have to see it, experience it in your own house and your life, to empathize.”

“When I talk to young people, I always tell them the biggest lesson I learned was that you shouldn’t care about the outcome. If it fails, it fails. Every failure will groom you for your next big reward.”

“The most important thing is that the culture has changed to be more about ideas and the exchange of ideas than ego.”

“For me, the saddest thing in the world is always lost potential. That is always the most heartbreaking thing, when there’s something left to be mined from a situation or a person that goes unexplored; that’s a tragedy to me.”

“Just because you have a baby on your hip—or one on the way or two at home—doesn’t mean you can’t go after your dreams.”

“Your life going off the rails is the best thing that could happen to you.”

“I had a very rocky, difficult, emotional childhood with my parents. I was an altar boy, with a very strict father. And movies were always my escape.”

“I wanted to create a culture that allowed my children to see the world differently. I think everyone wants for their children a world that’s better than the one they came up in.”

“I had been accepted to film school, but my parents couldn’t afford it, and yet they made too much money for me to get a scholarship.”

“The only way to get through the life I had was just to have a big head of steam and determination.”

“If I cannot rise to the top of my profession I absolutely will not go.”

“I feel every day that everything I create, everything I do, I want it to be a risk.”

“I lean into fear because I feel like that excites me as an artist.”

“I started off in this business in 1998, and I didn’t fit in. There was no place for me, and I always felt like an oddball. Nobody really understood my work or what I wanted to do in my references.”

“I started off as a journalist when I was young and I did not get paid unless I wrote three stories a day.”

“Part of being an artist is being able to write about the world you live in and the times that you’ve been a part of.”

“With all of my work, it always takes a while for people to get it. It goes from, ‘What the hell is that?’ to ‘Oh, I like that.'”

“I remember being so devastated that my first script didn’t go. But just the other day I told a young writer who did a TV show that just got cancelled, ‘Listen, here’s a thing you won’t know at 30 that you will know at 45: every failure or miss or moment where you’re like, why is my world ending? leads you to your success.’ I know it’s corny to say, but it’s almost like your path is predetermined. The failure of that script led to my first big break.”

“I think when you take the big swings—and I’ve done plenty of big swings that I was told were never going to work—those are always the things that break through.”

“Do it, write it, don’t change it, be bold, that’s the only way things are going to change.”

“I think people think I’m cynical and dark—it’s not true. I think the key to success in television is to do something that either nobody has tried to do or to reinvent a genre that has not worked or is dead.”

“To change the world, people have to know you. If they know you and see that we are all the same—that we all have normal hearts—that’s the first step. I’m both amazed at the progress and amazed at how far we have to go.”

“The greatest thing that you have when you’re a showrunner is this opportunity to create worlds.”

“I grew up in this house with broken dreams, and I remember thinking, ‘You know what? F*ck it. I would rather fail than be miserable.’ So I have applied that philosophy to my career. I’m not going to do anything unless I am afraid of it.”

“I had a lot of lovely people who controlled the purse strings in my life who said, ‘Okay, well you’ve had enough success, we’ll bet on you.'”

“Once I got to a place where I was empowered, I’ve tried to empower other people. I think that more than even the things that I’m making is the legacy that I’m the most proud of.”

“I try to do good things, right? But I’m not a good person. That’s my flaw. I’m ambitious. I am political. I’m conniving.”

“I’m warning you, do not screw with my dream.”

“People have always made me feel like somehow being prolific is a bad thing, but I don’t want to apologize for it.”

“I don’t think there’s ever a winner in a feud. It’s about emotional pain and an inability to conquer the pain.”

“Nowadays being anonymous is worse than being poor. Fame is the most important thing in our culture now. And if there is one thing I’ve learned it is that no one is just going to hand it to you.”

“I’m not good at vacations. I think some of it is that I have a fear that the opportunity is going to be taken away.”

“The happiest I’ve been in my life was when I was in New York with nothing.”

Money just makes the important stuff easy, so that we try to make the unimportant stuff hard just to make it feel like we’re not coasting, but I have been and I don’t want to coast anymore.”

“Life isn’t a train. It’s a sh*t tornado full of gold.”

“I think money is energy, and I’ve always looked at it in that way.”

“We’re the blessed ones who get to say we’re doing what we dream of doing.”

“It’s really important to me that all of you know that your lives have value. And that they’re important. That you’re important.”

“I think that every day is a gift.”

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