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born 1971

Amy Poehler is a gifted comedian. She's an Emmy-winning actor. Mother of two. Self-described feminist. And, someone who never fails to dish up a quotable quote.

We've seen her rap on live TV when she was 9 months pregnant. She impersonated Hillary Clinton...standing next to Hillary. She recently wrapped up her stint serving in local government as the super-high-maintenance Leslie Knope on NBC's Parks & Recreation.

Today, the online community she co-founded ~ Smart Girls at the Party ~ is going strong, providing advice + resources to help young girls become confident women ready to take on the world and change it for the better.

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her quotes

all quotes by Amy Poehler (27)

"I feel like—like—a blushing bride."

A First for Fake News | october 2004

"We want a lot of firsts."

New York Times | october 2004

"Sleep is out for 2009. Tired is the new black."

Amy's "Breakdown" is Poehler opposite to Oscar | january 2009

"You know my code: hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries."

Parks and Recreation | september 2009

"What's Galentine's Day? Oh, it's only the best day of the year...It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus, frittatas!"

Parks and Recreation | february 2010

"You can't do this alone. Besides, it's much more fun to succeed and fail with other people. You can blame them when things go wrong."

Harvard Class Day | may 2011

"Take your risks now. As you grow older, you become more fearful and less flexible. And I mean that literally. I hurt my knee on the treadmill this week, and it wasn’t even on."

Harvard University | may 2011

"Would it kill you to be nicer to your parents? They have sacrificed so much for you and all they want is for you to smile and take a picture with your weird cousins. Do that for them. And with less eye-rolling, please."

Harvard University | may 2011

"Don't start a scene where two people are talking about jumping out of a plane. Start the scene having already jumped."

Harvard commencement address | may 2011

"Don't treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. And don't try to give me that nerd argument that your heart is a batman with a limited edition silver battering, and therefore if it stays in its original package, it increases in value..."

Harvard commencement address | may 2011

"You are all here because you are smart. And you are brave. And if you add kindness and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person."

Harvard commencement address | may 2011

"Even though you are smart, you are still allowed to say, 'I don't know.' Just because you are in high demand, you are still allowed to say, 'Let me get back to you'...This will come in handy when your parents ask when you plan to move out of their basement and you answer, 'I don't know. Let me get back to you.'"

Harvard commencement address | may 2011

"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 | february 2013

"Meet like-minded people who become your travelers in life."

Power of Women Awards | october 2013

"Every child should believe they are the center of the universe. If your child believes that right now, you're doing a good job."

Power of Women Awards | october 2013

"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."

Amy Poehler Talks Feminism, Friendship, and Staying Away From Selfies | january 2014

"My idea of the perfect exercise class is this: The teacher gives us all a hug and goes, 'You did it! You showed up! Let’s lie down.' We all lie down and she’s like, 'How is everybody feeling?' We’re like, 'Great!' And the teacher’s like, 'Great!' Then we all get to leave 20 minutes early."

Amy Poehler Is Like Your Really Funny Best Friend | february 2014

"The great thing about taking big chances when you're younger is you have less to lose, and you don't know as much. So you take big swings."

Looking Back at the Upright Citizens Brigade | february 2014

"The older you get, the more important it is to know people who knew you when."

Amy Poehler Is Like Your Funny Best Friend | march 2014

"People who read are people who dream, and we connect through the stories we live and tell and read."

Amy Poehler named honorary chairperson for World Book Night | march 2014

"Laugh a lot and try new things with someone you love."

Yes Please | october 2014

"There's power in looking silly and not caring that you do."

Yes Please | october 2014

"Treat your career like a bad boyfriend. It likes it when you don’t depend on it."

Yes Please | october 2014

"Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you."

Yes Please | october 2014

"Spontaneous dance parties are important in my life. . . . I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed you can rule the world."

Yes Please | october 2014

"It's never overreacting to ask for what you want and need."

#Ask4More | april 2015

"It all goes back to improv. You have to get comfortable being uncomfortable."

Amy Poehler Is Really Making Herself Uncomfortable | may 2015
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curated with care by Jen Chaney & Alicia Williamson {february 2014}