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It’s very easy for me to say what success is. Success is connecting with an audience who understands you and having a dialogue with them. I think success is to continually push yourself forward creatively and not become a caricature of yourself. I think success is figuring out a balance between finding a really rich intense fulfilling work life and the kind of personal life that makes that work life possible and meaningful. I think failure would be the opposite of those things. I think it would be becoming too involved with the traditional markers of success. I think it would be stopping my pursuit of new forms of expression, and I think it would be putting something out in the world that didn’t feel honest and exciting to me. I firmly feel that if I put a show out that was a commercial success and didn’t feel like it was sending the message out into the world that felt essential to me, it wouldn’t feel like a success to me at all.
-  Lena Dunham, HBO’s Girls’ Creator/Writer/Director/Actress (Fortune Magazine)