Top 36 Miranda July Quotes

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“I have a big brother who would make dolls’ houses and playhouses and furniture out of wood. He was the one who taught me from such a young age that you could just make something. The physical act of gluing something together was really formative for me.”

― Miranda July

“My earliest memory is aged three, seeing sunlight on water and feeling it was really magical.”

― Miranda July

“We humans are here because nothing can be perfect. There always have to be some living things that are unsatisfied, itchy, trying too hard. If it was all just animals and rocks and lettuce, the gods wouldn’t feel like they had enough to do.”

― Miranda July

“I know I’m going to lose a lot of readers over this, and I don’t care: ‘Garfield’ is overrated. I have always felt this, even as a child. That dumb man and his dumb, mean cat have gotten more of our attention than they deserve.”

― Miranda July

“As a young artist working in multiple mediums, the work and especially the writings of artist Laszlo Moholy-Nagy were very important to me.”

― Miranda July

“I’m the kind of person who is always thinking, ‘What if we had to spend the rest of our lives in a particular place?’”

― Miranda July

“I just happen to be from the generation that, like a lot of my older friends, started out writing letters.”

― Miranda July

“I think this is how life is. It’s not a linear march through time; you revolve around the same old things as you age and acquire experiences.”

― Miranda July

“My love for my son just destroys me. I can barely even talk about it.”

― Miranda July

“I’m not a cinephile. My films don’t reference films. I’m more interested in rhythm and feeling.”

― Miranda July

“When I was very little, I probably wanted to be more normal. I probably wanted the Laura Ashley bedroom, and instead I got thrift-store everything.”

― Miranda July

“I actually don’t have a great surplus of ideas. Some evolve very slowly, over many years, but I sort of trust that all of the interesting ones will become something that I eventually end up doing.”

― Miranda July

“I eat an egg every morning, and when I’m done, I almost always have the thought: ‘There. Now even if I’m captured and starved, I’ll be able to live off the protein of that egg for a while.’”

― Miranda July

“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.”

― Miranda July

“When I write, I wear earplugs. I don’t want to be self-conscious. I don’t want to be thinking about the fact that I’m thinking about it. I just want to be in it. It’s one element of hypnosis.”

― Miranda July

“I spend a lot of time obsessing about getting a dignified eight hours’ sleep.”

― Miranda July

“I didn’t have any vices before the Internet. There are a lot of cracks in the day, moments where you don’t know what to do next, so you have a little hole where you look at your phone. You want something that will mean you’re not alone in that moment.”

― Miranda July

“My job is to have new ideas and take risks every day, so I’m always looking forward to the next thing being done or making the next thing that I haven’t yet gotten to. That’s sort of the constant in my life.”

― Miranda July

“I’ve been using the same ‘I Ching’ since I was teenager when it was given to me by a fellow teenager; it seems too late to change now. I don’t use it often, but when I do, it really does help. You can fool yourself, but not the ‘I Ching.’”

― Miranda July

“Long before I started to write in earnest, Lorrie Moore taught me you could have a woman narrator who was funny and complex and even wrongheaded. She opened up a lot of space that me and a million other women rushed into.”

― Miranda July

“There’s no law against asking strangers about their lives and feelings, although sometimes it really feels like there is.”

― Miranda July

“I am a big fan of work in any medium that can take on death – being dead, being a soul – in a new way.”

― Miranda July

“I prefer a great novel, but many novels come with a bunch of novel-y writerliness that feels sort of macho to me, so I do end up reading lots of shorter things.”

― Miranda July

“The moment I feel pressure to read a book, I instinctively rebel against it – which is probably one reason I didn’t last long in college.”

― Miranda July

“I’m not embarrassed about not having read any book.”

― Miranda July

“Each couple’s version of intimacy is so fascinating to me. A friend will tell me about her marriage, and I’ll think, ‘Yikes, they have horrible communication! They’re going to get divorced!’ And then I’ll hear about them at another time and think, ‘Wow, they love each other so much!’”

― Miranda July

“Women writers are often conflated with their narrators – as if we can’t consciously construct fictional worlds from the ground up and can only write diary entries.”

― Miranda July

“I’m often drawn in by a description of a woman thinking something familiar that’s never been articulated before, as in Diane Cook’s ‘Somebody’s Baby’ or Nina Berberova’s ‘The Tattered Cloak.’”

― Miranda July

“When I had a baby, I was consumed with my body.”

― Miranda July

“It’s amazing how little you can see people but still stay in regular contact.”

― Miranda July

“I’ve always had a dog phobia.”

― Miranda July

“I have female friends who work in all different mediums who I speak to at least once a week. It helps me so much to know that I’m not alone. I think that’s the bare minimum you need to sustain yourself – some sort of context of other women making things.”

― Miranda July

“My husband and I are two people who never thought we’d be married.”

― Miranda July

“Louise Bonnet is a Los Angeles-based painter of round, fleshy, almost obscene shapes and people. But hers is a very clean, friendly cartoon world, so there’s this tension between harmlessness and perversion that is totally unsettling.”

― Miranda July

“I’m quite a cerebral person. Often I feel quite stuck in that.”

― Miranda July

“I feel like my only safety is in being totally true to myself.”

― Miranda July
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