"Almost every college playwright or sketch or improv comedian was sort of aware of Christopher Durang - even kids in high school. His short plays were so accessible to younger people and I think that was inspirational to me."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."Mindy Kaling on Helen Keller
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."Mindy Kaling on Aristotle Onassis
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."Mindy Kaling on Robert Louis Stevenson
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."Mindy Kaling on Bill Copeland
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."Mindy Kaling on Joseph Campbell
"The funniest racism is the racism between minorities. It's something you don't see dramatized, but almost every minority I know who's my age, they have these funny stories about their parents stereotyping other minorities."
"As a kid, I always loved serialized books. It's the reason why people love 'Harry Potter.' Serialization is amazing. It works in television. It works in film and it works in books. Especially when you're a young kid, you get attached to these characters."
"Twitter is the most amazing medium for a comedy writer. I can't get in every idea I want on the show no matter how hard I try to bully the other writers, so it's a way of me getting out other comic ideas and immediately getting feedback."
"Anybody can have a birthday. It requires nothing. Murderers have birthdays. It's the opposite of anything that I believe in. And I don't like at work where you stop everything to sing 'Happy Birthday' to someone. I feel like that's for children."
"I think a lot of writers, male and female, write as if their parents were killed in a car accident when they were 2, and they have no one to hold accountable. And unfortunately, I don't have that. I have parents who I care about what they think."