You’d be hard-pressed to find a period in television history that has more badass women than today. From Dragon mothers and mothers-turned-lawyers, to zombie killers and D.C. fixers—today’s TV ladies are emboldened, intelligent, hilarious, and inspiring. They are so well-written and, well, so damn eloquent sometimes! Here are 20 unforgettable quotes from some of the big female personas on the small screen.
“All men must die, but we are not men.”
“Anger makes you stupid, stupid gets you killed.”
“You know my code: Hos before bros, uteruses before duderuses, ovaries before brovaries.”
“I’m gonna try something I may regret, but at least I’m gonna try it.”
“You want to be taken seriously? Stop dressing like a little girl.”
“I don’t perform miracles or do the impossible. I make cold calculations about difficult situations, and I do not take on anything I know I won’t win. And I will win this.”
“Behind every great man is a woman with blood on her hands.”
“You’re a woman with a brain and reasonable ability. Stop whining and find something to do.”
“That’s like trying to use a croissant as a fucking dildo. It doesn’t do the job and it makes a fucking mess.”
“My mad face and my happy face are the same.”
“I hope you like feminist rants ‘cause that’s kinda my thing.”
“I know they said I couldn’t control you. You’re going to learn that I can.”
“You couldn’t kill me if you tried for a hundred years.”
“The worst stuff that you say sounds better than the best stuff that some other people say.”
“I’m the person you need to impress right now.”
“When the door you have been knocking at finally swings open, you don’t ask why. You run through.”
“It is so weird being my own role model.”
“Why is it that whenever a woman is strong and powerful, they call her a witch?”
“I can’t do shit with I’m sorry.”
“Swift as a deer. Quiet as a shadow. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Quick as a snake. Calm as still water. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Strong as a bear. Fierce as a wolverine. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
The man who fears losing has already lost. Fear cuts deeper than swords.
Fear cuts deeper than swords. Fear cuts deeper than swords.”
Madina Papadopoulos is a New York-based freelance writer, author and regular contributor to Paste. You can follow her on Twitter.