The Best Amy Poehler quotes

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Do you ever feel like you’re not doing enough? Like you could be achieving more if you just tried a little bit harder? That’s how I used to feel all the time. But then I read about Amy Poehler, and it made me realize that maybe I’m already doing pretty well. Because if somebody as successful and talented as Amy Poehler still feels like she could be doing more, then there must be something wrong with trying to achieve perfection. And that’s why her best quotes is so inspiring to me – she’s proof that it’s okay to not have everything figured out, and that the most important thing is just to keep moving forward.

Here are the deepest Work, Friendship, Love, Feelings, Tired, Life, Talking, Career quotes from Amy Poehler, and much more.


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About Amy Poehler

birth of the author

September 16, 1971

college of the author

Alma Mater:
Boston College

occupation of the author

Actress, Comedian, Writer, Producer, Director And More.

date of the author

Years Active:

medium of the author

Television, Film, Theatre, Books

genre of the author

Improvisational Comedy, Blue Comedy, Sketch Comedy, Insult Comedy, Surreal Humor, Satire And More.


It was a very routine way of life. — Amy Poehler

I like bossy girls. I always have. I like people filled with life. — Amy Poehler

If you are lucky, there is a moment in your life when you have some say as to what your currency is going to be. I decided early on it was not going to be my looks. — Amy Poehler

If you can surf your life rather than plant your feet, you will be happier. — Amy Poehler

it was a very routine way of life Amy Poehler quote

I really do believe that anything in life–any obstacle or challenge–can be made better with humor. — Amy Poehler

Sleep helps you win at life. — Amy Poehler

Is there a word for when you are young and pretending to have lived and loved a thousand lives? Is there a German word for that? Let’s say its schaufenfrieglasploit. — Amy Poehler

Our parents surround us with origin stories that create deep grooves in the vinyl records of our lives. — Amy Poehler

Going from crying to laughing that fast and hard happens maybe five times in your life and that extreme right turn is the reason why we are alive, and I believe it extends our life by many years. — Amy Poehler

i like bossy girls i always have i like people filled with life Amy Poehler quote

Doing what you’re afraid of, getting out of your comfort zone, taking risks like that–that’s what life is. — Amy Poehler

I am a firm believer that every few years one needs to shake one’s life through a sieve, like a miner in the Yukon. The gold nuggets remain. The rest falls through like the soft earth it is. — Amy Poehler

Everyone needs love, never hurt a living thing [and] don’t worry about the choices you make because everything will be fun because life is a closet filled with pool toys. — Amy Poehler

Taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting. — Amy Poehler

I think going from laughing to crying to laughing to crying–making those quick turns adds years to your life. — Amy Poehler

if you can surf your life rather than plant your feet you will be happier Amy Poehler quote

Change is the only constant. Learn to surf your life instead of planting your feet. — Amy Poehler

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. — Amy Poehler


People are very bad and very good. A little love goes a long way. — Amy Poehler

You deserve love and you’ll get it. — Amy Poehler

You become more attractive when you love yourself. You ATTRACT the right things when you have a sense of who you are. — Amy Poehler

people are very bad and very good a little love goes a long way Amy Poehler quote

I used to say that I wanted to make great art with people I love. Now I have an addendum to that goal: to get things on the air. — Amy Poehler

Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself. — Amy Poehler

The things you have done for me–to help me, support me, surprise me, and make me happy–go above and beyond what any person deserves. You are all I need. I love you and I like you. — Amy Poehler

I would love to do a serious period drama. Oh, absolutely. I mean, you’ll find most comedians want to do more serious stuff, most musicians want to be comedians, and most serious actors want to be musicians. — Amy Poehler

I love my boys so much I fear my heart will explode. I wonder if this love will crack open my chest and split me in half. It is scary, this love. — Amy Poehler

Wordsworth also said that the best part of a person’s life is ‘his little, nameless, unremembered, acts of kindness and of love.’ I — Amy Poehler

Right now I’m singing along to books on tape. I typically pop in something like Stephen King’s ‘The Stand,’ and I love singing along to that kind of stuff. — Amy Poehler

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. — Amy Poehler

Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you. . . . Your creativity is not a bad boyfriend. It is a really warm older Hispanic lady who has a beautiful laugh and loves to hug. — Amy Poehler

Please don’t drive drunk, okay? Seriously… 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. — Amy Poehler


Nothing is more depressing than a tired dominatrix. — Amy Poehler

We don’t need it to last as long as you think. Hurry up. We are so tired. — Amy Poehler

Sleep is out… tired is the new black. — Amy Poehler

I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well–lighted place. — Amy Poehler


Someday you will wake up feeling 51 percent happy and slowly, molecule by molecule, you will feel like yourself again. — Amy Poehler

you aren t allowed to feel special but no one knows the specific ways you are in pain Amy Poehler quote

Keep your virginity for as long as you can, until it starts to feel weird to you. Then just get it over with. — Amy Poehler

I get worried for young girls sometimes; I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and weird and geeky and smart and independent, and not so withered and shriveled. — Amy Poehler

Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life, the better. — Amy Poehler

You aren’t allowed to feel special, but no one knows the specific ways you are in pain. — Amy Poehler

The pressure of ‘what are you going to do?’ makes everyone feel like they haven’t done anything yet. — Amy Poehler

You never know what’s around the corner unless you peek. Hold someone’s hand while you do it. You will feel less scared. — Amy Poehler

When I yell at the dads drinking coffee and looking at their phones at the playground while their seven–year–olds play on the preschool monkey bars, I feel like I am fully alive. — Amy Poehler

Aw, I feel bad if [Taylor] 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. — Amy Poehler

The minute anyone makes you feel weird and non–included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it. — Amy Poehler

Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors. — Amy Poehler


Remember, your career is a bad boyfriend. It likes you when you don’t depend on it. — Amy Poehler

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If your career is a bad boyfriend, it is healthy to remember you can always leave and go sleep with somebody else. — Amy Poehler

Your career and your passion don’t always match up. — Amy Poehler

Depending on your career is like eating cake for breakfast and wondering why you start crying an hour later. — Amy Poehler

Career is different. 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. — Amy Poehler

remember your career is a bad boyfriend it likes you when you don t depend on it Amy Poehler quote

Treat your career like a bad boyfriend. Your career wont take care of you. It won’t call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will openly flirt with other people while you are around. — Amy Poehler

Some people get in the way of change happening. Some people spend their whole careers thinking they can make a difference. Other people want to do as little as possible to get the day done. — Amy Poehler


I like hard work and I don’t like pretending things are perfect. — Amy Poehler

Anyone who has the kind of inventive and inspired comic sensibility to be able to do that kind of work must be pretty talented. — Amy Poehler

Do work that you are proud of with your talented friends. — Amy Poehler

i like hard work and i don t like pretending things are perfect Amy Poehler quote

I have withdrawal pains about not getting to work the people (on the show). — Amy Poehler

You have to care about your work but not about the result. You have to care about how good you are and how good you feel, but not about how good people think you are or how good people think you look. — Amy Poehler

We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work, it doesn’t matter. But work is third. — Amy Poehler

Sticking up for ourselves in the same way we would one of our friends is a hard but satisfying thing to do. Sometimes it works. — Amy Poehler

A new poll reveals that 56% of Americans believe that Wal–Mart is bad for the country, while the other 44% work there. — Amy Poehler

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If you do a scene and you really like a character in it or a premise in it to write it down and to work on it so that you can have five or six characters that you can pull out in an audition. — Amy Poehler

I think the days of putting your feet up when you’re pregnant are long gone. Women who are nine months pregnant now have to work till the bitter end–they don’t get to be on TV. — Amy Poehler

The desire to work with Burrows–Charles was really to change NBC’s identity, to say, ‘We want to be in the sophisticated–adult–comedy business. — Amy Poehler

Great people do things before they’re ready. They do things before they know they can do it. — Amy Poehler

Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission. — Amy Poehler

i have withdrawal pains about not getting to work the people on the show Amy Poehler quote

I believe great people do things before they are ready. — Amy Poehler

A word about apologizing: It’s hard to do it without digging yourself in deeper. — Amy Poehler

Let’s just stop under–serving the many people who serve us. — Amy Poehler


Because remember, the talking about the thing isn’t the thing. The doing of the thing is the thing. — Amy Poehler

I think the hardest thing is to know what you want, ask for it, and then to stop talking. — Amy Poehler

i think the hardest thing is to know what you want ask for it and then to stop talking Amy Poehler quote

I am tired of being tired and talking about how tired I am. — Amy Poehler

Symmetry is pleasing but not as sexy. Einstein is cool but Picasso knows what I’m talking about. — Amy Poehler

You do it because the doing of it is the thing. The doing is the thing. The talking and worrying and thinking is not the thing. — Amy Poehler

Don’t start a scene where two people are talking about jumping out of a plane. Start the scene having already jumped. If you are scared, look into your partner’s eyes. You will feel better. — Amy Poehler

I think chemistry is about not acting, but reacting, and not talking, but listening. — Amy Poehler

i am tired of being tired and talking about how tired i am Amy Poehler quote

I am interested in people who swim in the deep end. I want to have conversations about real things with people who have experienced real things. [I’m tired of talking about movies and gossiping about friends.] — Amy Poehler


Your brain is not your friend when you need to apologize. Your brain and your ego and your intellect all remind you of the ‘facts. — Amy Poehler

Today, i lost a friend, i lost a dear, young friend in my life who was struggling with addiction. — Amy Poehler

But as my dear friend and relationship sponsor Louis CK has noted, ‘divorce is always good news because no good marriage has ever ended in divorce. — Amy Poehler

I think if I have established anything in my book, it’s that a key element of being my friend is being comfortable with my forced fun. — Amy Poehler

I find that, in general, the amount of sharing men do with each other in one year is about the same as what I share with my female friends while we wait for our cars at the valet. — Amy Poehler

If the goal is doing good stuff and working with your friends … if you’re doing that then you’re succeeding. — Amy Poehler

We have to agree beforehand to divide the funniest lines between us. But Tina [Fey] is so brilliant that I just love every moment working with her and also just hanging out together as friends. — Amy Poehler

Shame is difficult. It’s a weapon and a signal. It can paralyze or motivate. My friend Louis CK likes to say that ‘guilt is an intersection’ Getting out of it means making a choice and moving forward. — Amy Poehler

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