50 Joss Whedon Quotes For His 50th Birthday

Wise and funny.

On June 23, 1964 — 50 years ago today — Joss Whedon came into this world. That date also kicked off a half-century of badass characters and wisdom dropping from the creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Angel,” and “Firefly” and the assembler of the Avengers.

We love Joss Whedon, and we can think of no better way of celebrating his 50 years on this planet than by taking a look back at some of his own words that capture his intelligence and wit.

“I think there’s a lot of people out there who say we must not have horror in any form, we must not say scary things to children because it will make them evil and disturbed… That offends me deeply, because the world is a scary and horrifying place, and everyone’s going to get old and die, if they’re that lucky. To set children up to think that everything is sunshine and roses is doing them a great disservice.” Source

“You can either watch TV or you can make TV.” Source

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the road less traveled by and they CANCELLED MY FRIKKIN’ SHOW. I totally shoulda took the road that had all those people on it. Damn.” Source

“My visions of the future are always pretty much standard issue. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer… and there are flying cars.” Source: “Fray” foreword

“Very occasionally, if you really pay attention, life doesn’t suck.” Source: “Once More, with Feeling” liner notes

“If nothing we do matters, then all that matters is what we do.” Source

“Just remember it’s what’s INside that counts, as I used to remind girls in high school constantly. CONSTANTLY – until I realized that I was empty inside. Empty and homely. Man, that’s a rough combo.” Source

“People love a happy ending. So every episode, I will explain once again that I don’t like people. And then Mal will shoot someone. Someone we like. And their puppy.” Source

“People with real power never fear of losing it. People with control think of little else.” Source

“Humor keeps us alive. Humor and food. Don’t forget food. You can go a week without laughing.” Source

“The greatest expression of rebellion is joy.” Source

“Beautiful revelations of power are often written by the guy who got kicked around and didn’t have any power.” Source

“I think weed’s a fine thing, for the enjoyment of and, occasionally, for thinking about movies.”

“Never sit at a table you can’t walk away from.”

“Somebody once asked me if I have anything like faith, and I said I have faith in the narrative. I have a belief in a narrative that is bigger than me, that is alive and I trust will work itself out.”

“Life’s too short to dwell on the things that didn’t happen.”

“Why do it again if you can’t do it better?”

“I’m the least confident person in so many ways. But I believed that if somebody gave me the chance to tell a story, I would tell a story [well enough] that the person who gave me the chance would get their money back.”

“If I find out I have to write today and nothing else, that’s a perfect day.”

“Everything we do really is just a little marker on the long road to death. And sometimes that’s overwhelmingly depressing to me, and sometimes it makes me feel kinship and forgiveness.”