Miranda July

Born: February 15, 1974

Occupation: Film director

Quotes of Miranda July

Miranda July

Was she terrifyingly beautiful? Was she so ignorant she didn't deserve the truth? Was she also a liar and thus it was something they did together? I don't believe in psychology; which says everything you...

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Do you have doubts about life? Are you unsure if it's worth the trouble? Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass on the street: those faces are for you. And the street...

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Are you angry? Punch a pillow. Was it satisfying? Not hardly. These days people are too angry for punching. What you might try is stabbing. Take an old pillow and lay it on the front lawn. Stab it with...

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That day I carried the dream around like a full glass of water, moving gracefully so I would not lose any of it.

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... we had once called out hello into the cauldron of the world and then run away before anyone could respond.

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Some may say that such a girl is not ready for a relationship with a man, especially a man in his late sixties. But to that I say: We don't know anything. We don't know how to cure a cold or what dogs...

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Some people need a red carpet rolled out in front of them in order to walk forward into friendship. They can't see the tiny outstretched hands all around them, everywhere, like leaves on trees.

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It was a small thing, but it was a thing, and things have a way of either dying or growing, and it wasn’t dying.

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I moved his hair out of his face. I put my hand under his nose and felt gentle, even breaths. I pressed my lips against his ear and whispered again, It’s not your fault. Perhaps this was really the only...

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Miranda July

I went to the bedroom and lay on the floor, so as not to mess up the covers.

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Sometimes I would make left turns all the way around a block, and when I returned to the original intersection, I would feel disappointed to find all the drivers were new. It wasn't like a square dance,...

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An erratum is a correction inserted into a book after publication. It's a nice thing to collect because you can't go after them, you just come upon them. In 25 years I've only found about 12.

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In an ideal world, we would have been orphans. We felt like orphans and we felt deserving of the pity that orphans get, but embarrassingly enough, we had parents.

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I laughed and said, Life is easy. What I meant was, Life is easy with you here, and when you leave, it will be hard again.

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If you are sad, ask yourself why you are sad. Then pick up the phone and call someone and tell him the answer to the question. If you don't know anyone, call the operator and tell him. Most people don't...

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I asked myself if I would kill my parents to save his life, a question I had been posing since I was fifteen. The answer always used to be yes. But in time, all those boys had faded away, and my parents...

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I really did not feel okay about any of this, and there was really nothing I could do about any of it.

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Did you ever really love her? Not really no. But me? Yes. Even though I have no pizzazz?

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This person realizes that staying home means blowing off everyone this person has ever known. But the desire to stay in is very strong. This person wants to run a bath and then read in bed.

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I looked at other couples and wondered how they could be so calm about it. They held hands as if they weren't even holding hands. When Steve and I held hands, I had to keep looking down to marvel at it....

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Would she understand that time had stopped while she was gone.

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I looked out the window for other passengers in love with their drivers, but we were well disguised, we pretended boredom and prayed for traffic.

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I made orange juice from concentrate and showed her the trick of squeezing the juice of one real orange into it. It removes the taste of being frozen. She marveled at this, and I laughed and said, Life...

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They wordlessly excused each other for not loving each other as much as they had planned to. There were empty rooms in the house where they had meant to put their love, and they worked together to fill...

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You always feel like you are the only one in the world, like everyone else is crazy for each other, but it's not true. Generally, people don't like each other very much. And that goes for friends, too.

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There was nothing in this world that was not a con, suddenly I understood this. Nothing really mattered, and nothing could be lost.

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Miranda July

We come from long lines of people destined never to meet.

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Most of life is offline, and I think it always will be; eating and aching and sleeping and loving happen in the body. But it's not impossible to imagine losing my appetite for those things; they aren't...

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I nodded, pretending I was relaxed. I watched the sunlight sparkling on the water and practiced mind-body integration for a few seconds by quietly hyperventilating.

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It was an act of devotion. A little like writing or loving someone — it doesn’t always feel worthwhile, but not giving up somehow creates unexpected meaning over time.

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In my paranoid world every storekeeper thinks I’m stealing, every man thinks I’m a prostitute or a lesbian, every woman thinks I’m a lesbian or arrogant, and every child and animal sees the real...

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It occurred to me that everyone’s story matters to themselves, so the more I listened, the more she wanted to talk.

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I supposed this was one reason why people got married, to make a fiction that was tellable. It wasn’t just movies that couldn’t contain the full cast of characters — it was us. We had to winnow life...

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I walked down the hall and saw that [she] was sitting on the floor next to a chair. This is always a bad sign. It's a slippery slope, and it's best just to sit in chairs, to eat when hungry, to sleep and...

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Miranda July

I could not make a move without making love.

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… it wasn’t pretend, I wasn’t in a fairytale or a fable. I shut my eyes and absorbed the silent whoomp that always accompanies this revelation. It’s the sound of the real world, gigantic and impossible,...

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Miranda July

All I ever really want to know is how other people are making it through life—where do they put their body, hour by hour, and how do they cope inside of it.

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It is terrible to have to ask for anything ever. We wish we were something that needed nothing, like paint. But even paint needs repainting.

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Miranda July

I cried in English, I cried in french, I cried in all the languages, because tears are the same all around the world.

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Miranda July

I wish there were a class where we could just keep going around the circle. around and around, until we had finally said everything about ourselves.

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That is my problem with life, I rush through it, like I'm being chased. Even things whose whole point is slowness, like drinking relaxing tea. When I drink relaxing tea I suck it down as if I'm in a contest...

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He breathed out the bitter air that makes women doubt everything, and I breathed it in, as I had always done. I expelled my dust, the powder of everything I had destroyed with doubt, and he pulled it into...

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She bludgeoned me with a look of such limitless compassion that I immediately began to cry.

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She never inquired, but she never recoiled, either. This is a quality that I look for in a person, not recoiling.

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Miranda July

When she saw my messy desk, she said she was the same way, and there was no dust on the TV, and I was easy to love. People just need a little help because they are so used to not loving. It's like scoring...

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Miranda July

We don't really believe in mowing the lawn; we do it only to avoid unnecessary engagement with the neighbors.

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We were always getting away with something, which implied that someone was always watching us, which mean were are not alone in this world.

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He was worried she would not let him love her with the stain. He had already decided long ago, twenty or thirty minutes ago, that the stain was fine. He had only seen it for a moment, but he was already...

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For a split second I felt as though she was nobody special in the larger scheme of my life. She was just some girl who had tied me to her leg to help her sink when she jumped off the bridge. Then I blinked...

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Miranda July

The things keeping you back-these embarrassing, boring, stupid obstacles-are the heart of what it is to be human. They’re the whole reason for making and needing art. So you might as well go ahead and...

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Miranda July

Well,I have a theory that men don't actually cry less than women,they just do it differently. Since we never saw our fathers cry,we are forced to invent our own unique method.

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After I had my son I looked everywhere for a book that might serve as some kind of mirror. I bought so many silly books. Now I see what the problem was: I wanted a book about time-about mortality. I can't...

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Miranda July

Things usually make sense in time, and even bad decisions have their own kind of correctness.

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Now began the part of her life where she was just very beautiful, except for nothing. Only winners will know what this feels like. Have you ever wanted something very badly and then gotten it? Then you...

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Miranda July

The job of the artist is to point at things.

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The idea that you might end up in a job that doesn't allow you to be who you are, over the course of a lifetime, is still one of the most chilling nightmares to me. It's a good metaphor for fears I have...

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Miranda July

This pain, this dying, this is just normal. This is how life is. In fact, I realize, there never was an earthquake. Life is just this way, broken, and I am crazy for dreaming of something else.

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Miranda July

When you can see the beauty of a tree, then you will know what love is.

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Miranda July

He pulled away, but his eyes held my eyes like hands.

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Miranda July

I steeled myself against laughter; I would rather die than laugh. I didn’t laugh, I did not laugh. But I died, I did die.

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Miranda July

Some people are uncomfortable with silences. Not me. I’ve never cared much for call and response. Sometimes I will think of something to say and then I ask myself: is it worth it? And it just isn’t.

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Miranda July

What a terrible mistake to let go of something wonderful for something real.

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Look at the sky: that is for you. Look at each person's face as you pass them on the street: those faces are for you. And the street itself, and the ground under the street, and the ball of fire underneath...

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Miranda July

The word God asks a question and then answers it before there is any chance to wonder.

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LA isn’t a walking city, or a subway city, so if someone isn’t in my house or my car we’ll never be together, not even for a moment. And just to be absolutely sure of that, when I leave my car my...

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Miranda July

It would require constant vigilance to not replace each person with my own fictional version of them.

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It was a tiny sound but it woke me up because it was a human sound.

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Since I started making art, I've always had some kind of project that was really about and for other people, because I think I just need that balance to feel sane myself — you know?

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Sometimes I lie in bed trying to decide which of my friends I truly care about, and I always come to the same conclusion: none of them. I thought these were just my starter friends and the real ones would...

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Miranda July

I gave you things I wasn't sure I even had.

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Miranda July

Live the dream, Potato.

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Miranda July

I realize that we all think we might be terrible people. But we only reveal this before we ask someone to love us. It is a kind of undressing.

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Miranda July

He's stuck at 3:14 a.m. with only the moon to talk to.

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We really wanted to know all the unknowable things about each other and how we were the same and how we were different, if we even were, maybe nobody is.

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I knew the beginning and the end – I just had to dream up a convincing middle.

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And why had Deb's last boyfriend dumped her? I dumped him. Maybe you didn't French-kiss him enough. I promise you that wasn't it. Tell me how many times a day you kissed, and I'll say if it was enough....

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Miranda July

People tend to stick to their own size group because it's easier on the neck. Unless they are romantically involved, in which case the size difference is sexy. It means: I am willing to go the distance...

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Miranda July

He seemed to be waiting for me to move forward. Weren't we all.

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Miranda July

But, like ivy, we grow where there is room for us.

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When I was fifteen, a dark shape came into my room at night. It was dark, but it glowed, which is the first of many facts you will have to tackle with your imagination. It wasn't in the shape of a person,...

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Miranda July

i wondered if i would spend the rest of my life inventing complicated ways to depress myself..

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Life is just this way, broken, and I am crazy to hope for something else.

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Inelegantly, and without my consent, time passed.

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It was a real whale, a photograph of a real whale. I looked into its tiny wise eye and wondered where that eye was now. Was it alive and swimming, or had it died long ago, or was it dying now, right this...

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In the weeks that followed, we amazed ourselves. Our habits slid apart easily...And our very few intimacies were simply discontinued. Where did they go, those things we did? Were they recycled? Did some...

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If there were a map of the solar system, but instead of stars it showed people and their degrees of separation, my star would be the one you had to travel the most light-years from to get to his. You would...

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Miranda July

Don't wait to be sure. Move, move, move.

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We had loved people we really shouldn't have loved and then married other people in order to forget our impossible loves, or we had once called out hello into the cauldron of the world and then run away...

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“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.”

― Dr. Seuss