“In a world where you can make a Mr. Potato Head movie and you can make a show about a butler being assigned to an orphanage because he used to be a hockey player… In other words, in TV, ideas don’t matter. You can develop anything into a television show, that’s the point of television.”—Dan Harmon discussing his new show with Splitsider.
“Keep the truth on your side, because in this world, you’re gonna end up in so many conversations where you have no idea whether you’re full of shit or not. So the fallback has to be that you: tend your own garden; speak from experience; and be honest about how you really feel, including not being afraid to not know how you feel about the eight billion things you don’t know how to feel about. And that way, anyone that argues with you — they’re arguing with how you feel.”—Dan Harmon, on being authentic The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, episode 89: http://duncantrussell.com/dan-harmon-3/
“Because you have this turmoil in your brain, you’re like, “I’m gonna go — I’m gonna fucking — I’m gonna snap. I’m the only one walking around with this secret: that we’re all fucked up; that everything is going to hell.” And stories let you know: “No, Ulysses had that happen to him. He felt that way. …”—Dan Harmon, on what stories are Harmontown #77, “Carpool Diem”
“I’m here to help. I’m here to — I’m here to make sure everybody feels better about themself. I’m not trying to hurt you when I talk.”—Dan Harmon, on empathy and the frustration of causing hurt and despair Harmontown #77, “Carpool Diem”
“The light comes through you; it gets scattered unintentionally by who you are. Your job is to share that map of the cosmos with everyone around you.”—Dan Harmon Harmontown episode #58, “I’m Like Very Science”