The Perfect Amy Poehler Quote For Any Situation

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Amy Poehler turns 44 today, which could be surprising to anyone who remembers her annoying little sister Kaitlin character from SNL, or her most recent turn as a teenage theatre counselor in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Then again, she's been doling out the wisdom of someone beyond her years for a while now. The comedienne is simultaneously eternally youthful and a font of timeless truths.

Her endlessly quotable speeches and one-liners have guided us through the highs and lows of life. She's doled them out as a Weekend Update anchor on SNL, and in character as Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. She's provided inspiration as cofounder of Amy Poehler's Smart Girls, a website and web series for tweens and teens. She's served up memorable lines in speeches, interviews, and onstage co-hosting the Golden Globes with Tina Fey. And she offers a whole slew of them in her memoir, Yes Please.

Whether you're feeling put down by a romantic prospect or panicking because you lost your phone, going in for a job interview or leaving the bar, there is an Amy Poehler quote to make you feel better about life. Here are a mere 30 of them.

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When You Need Inspiration
"As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life."
— Harvard Class Day Speech, 2011
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When Someone Questions Your Leadership Style
"I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody's passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn't mind leading."
Glamour interview with Katie Couric in 2011
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When You're Tempted To Criticize Other Women
"That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. 'Good for her! Not for me.'"
Yes Please
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When Someone Criticizes You
"What I hear when I'm being yelled at is people caring loudly at me." — Parks and Recreation, season 1, episode 1
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When You've Insulted Taylor Swift
"I feel bad if she was upset. I am a feminist, and she is a young and talented girl. That being said, I do agree I am going to hell. But for other reasons. Mostly boring tax stuff."
— To The Hollywood Reporter in 2013
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When You Lose It In An Argument
"However, if you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can always say, 'I'm just crying because of how wrong you are.'"
Yes Please
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When You're Pissed Off About Rape Culture
"In Into the Woods, Cinderella runs from her prince, Rapunzel is thrown from a tower for her prince, and Sleeping Beauty just thought she was getting coffee with Bill Cosby."
— The 2015 Golden Globes
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When Some Rando Tells You To Smile
"Telling me to relax or smile when I'm angry is like bringing a birthday cake into an ape sanctuary. You're just asking to get your nose and genitals bitten off."
Yes Please
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When You Need Brunch
"We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third."
— Parks and Recreation, season 3, episode 13
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When You Find A Gray Hair Or A Wrinkle
"Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It's expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end."
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When You Feel Passionate About Something
"Girls have to fight against a lot of the same stuff we did growing up...peer pressure, exploitation, etc. But what worries me the most is this trend that caring about something isn't cool. That it's better to comment on something than to commit to it. That it's so much cooler to be unmotivated and indifferent. Our culture can get so snarky and ironic sometimes, and we kind of wanted Smart Girls to celebrate the opposite of that."
Huffington Post interview in 2009
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When You Need A Pre-Date Pep Talk
"I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas."
Yes Please
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When You Don't Want To Flirt
"I had no idea how to get guys to notice me. I still don't. Who cares?"
— To Seventeen.com in 2012
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When You Get Home From An Awkward Date
"You learn a lot about yourself and the other person when you go in for a kiss."
— On The Late Show With David Letterman (talking about Joe Biden's guest stint on Parks and Rec in 2012)
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When You've Had One Too Many
"Please don’t drive drunk, okay? Seriously. It's so fucked up. But by all means, walk drunk. That looks hilarious. Everyone loves to watch someone act like they are trying to make it to safety during a hurricane."
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When You're Scared Of Falling In Love
"Vulnerability is the key to happiness. Vulnerable people are powerful people. Opening your heart and sharing it means that you're going to get so much love in your life. It's the way to true connection and real purpose and meaning in your life."
— "Ask Amy" on Amy's Smart Girls
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When People Get You Down
"The only way we will survive is by being kind. The only way we can get by in this world is through the help we receive from others. No one can do it alone, no matter how great the machines are."
Yes Please
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When People Piss You Off
"A lot of people don’t know I am always thisfuckingclose to doing some crazy shit."
Yes Please
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When You Feel Like An Impostor
"Power sometimes comes down to knowing the vocabulary, figuring out how the system works and how to work within it. You need to believe that you deserve to be in the room once you get there."
— Elle interview in 2014
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When You Feel Like An Impostor, Part 2
"Great people do things before they're ready. They do things before they know they can do it... Doing what you're afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that, that's what life is. You might be really good. You might find out something about yourself that's really special, and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something. Now you know something about yourself."
— "Ask Amy" on Amy's Smart Girls
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When You Worry About Your Career Choices
"Career is different [from passion]. Career is the stringing together of opportunities and jobs. Mix in public opinion and past regrets. Add a dash of future panic and a whole lot of financial uncertainty. Career is something that fools you into thinking you are in control and then takes pleasure in reminding you that you aren't. Career is the thing that will not fill you up and never make you truly whole. Depending on your career is like eating cake for breakfast and wondering why you start crying an hour later."
Yes Please
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When The "I'm Ugly" Demon Whispers To You
"Through good therapy and friends and self-love you can practice treating the demon like a hacky, annoying cousin. Maybe a day even comes when you are getting dressed for a fancy event and it whispers, 'You aren’t pretty,' and you go, 'I know, I know, now let me find my earrings.' Sometimes you say, 'Demon, I promise you I will let you remind me of my ugliness, but right now I am having hot sex so I will check in later.'"
Yes Please
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When You Worry About Work-Life Balance
"I have thought very hard and long about what has influenced me over the past couple of years... And it was the women who helped me take care of my children. It is Jackie Johnson from Trinidad and it is Dawa Chodon from Tibet, who come to my house and help me raise my children. And for you working women who are out there tonight who get to do what you get to do because there are wonderful people who help you at home, I would like to take a moment to thank those people, some of whom are watching your children right now, while you're at this event. Those are people who love your children as much as you do, and who inspire them and influence them. So on behalf of every sister and mother and person who stands in your kitchen and helps you love your child, I say thank you and I celebrate you tonight."
— Acceptance Speech at the Time 100 Gala in 2011
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When A Dude Is Being Condescending
"Guys love it when you can show them you're better than they are at something they love."
Parks and Recreation, season 2, episode 10
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When You Worry About Being A Parent
"Always remember your kid's name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don't let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers...for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces."
— To The Daily Beast in 2009
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When You've Lost Your Phone
"I cannot stress enough that the answer to life's questions is often in people's faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people's faces. People's faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous, or asleep."
— Harvard Class Day Speech in 2011
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When You Don't Love The Trend Everyone Else Does
"It's okay to not be looking at what everyone else is looking at all the time."
— "Ask Amy" on Amy's Smart Girls
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When Someone Says They're Not A Feminist
"That's like someone being like, 'I don't really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don't know what I would do without it.' But that's everyone else's trip, not mine."
Elle interview in 2014
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When You Feel Self-Conscious About Having Fun
"You can't go halfway. If you don't allow yourself to look crazy and silly, your vanity will get in the way."
— To People in 2005
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When Something Truly Awful Has Happened To You
"A person's tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren't one story."
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