Seven Quotes from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” to Live By

If you need something to write on your bathroom mirror:

Brontë Mansfield
Apr 15, 2016 · 4 min read

Buffy: “I may be dead, but I’m still pretty.”

— Prophecy Girl, Season 1, Episode 12

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If you are concerned about your mental health:

Cordelia: “Embrace the pain, spank your inner moppet, whatever, but get over it. ’Cause pretty soon you’re not even gonna have the loser friends you’ve got now.”

— When She Was Bad, Season 2, Episode 1

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Glory: “I look around at this world you’re so eager to be a part of, and all I see is six billion lunatics looking for the fastest ride out. Who’s not crazy? Look around. Everyone’s drinking, smoking, shooting up, shooting each other, or just plain screwing their brains out ’cause they don’t want ’em anymore. I’m crazy? Honey, I’m the original one-eyed chicklet in the kingdom of the blind. ’Cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts.”

— The Weight of the World, Season 5, Episode 21

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If you need some dating perspective:

Spike: “You’re not friends. You’ll never be friends. You’ll be in love till it kills you both. You’ll fight and you’ll shag and you’ll hate each other till it makes you quiver, but you’ll never be friends. Love isn’t brains, children, it’s blood. Blood screaming inside you to work its will. I may be love’s bitch, but at least I’m man enough to admit it.”

— Lover’s Walk, Season 3, Episode 8

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Buffy: “I’m cookie dough. I’m not done baking. I’m not finished becoming whoever the hell it is I’m gonna turn out to be. I make it through this, and the next thing, and the next thing, and maybe one day, I turn around and realize I’m ready. I’m cookies. And then, you know, if I want someone to eat m — or enjoy warm, delicious, cookie me, then that’s fine. That’ll be then. When I’m done.”

— Chosen, Season 7, Episode 22

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If you need motivation to keep going:

Buffy: “Seize the moment, ’cause tomorrow you might be dead.”

— Welcome to the Hellmouth, Season 1, Episode 1

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Buffy: “The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live.”

— The Gift, Season 5, Episode 22

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And finally, if you ever doubt that you are enough:

— Becoming Part 2, Season 2, Episode 22

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All of these quotes have gotten me through my life since I first started watching Buffy years ago. I’ve said them under my breath in high school algebra and graduate seminars, I’ve sobbed them into tissues and empty pints of Ben & Jerry’s during rough breakups, and I’ve laughed them on the couch with my best friend. In every moment of weakness and strength, in every moment you need a little help: watch Buffy.

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