Amy Poehler

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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.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Graduation
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I think the hardest thing is to know what you want, ask for it, and then to stop talking.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Thinking
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I am tired of being tired and talking about how tired I am.
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Collection: Tired
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It’s very hard to have ideas. It’s very hard to put yourself out there, it’s very hard to be vulnerable, but those people who do that are the dreamers, the thinkers and the creators. They are the magic people of the world.
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Collection: Inspiring
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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.
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Collection: Girl
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Vulnerable people are powerful people. Opening your heart and sharing it means you're going to get so much love in your life. and it's the way to true connection and real purpose and meaning in your life, in my opinion.
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Collection: Powerful
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When young girls are encouraged to explore what they find interesting, they grow up to be interesting women.
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Collection: Girl
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I think we should stop asking people in their twenties what they 'want to do' and start asking them what they don't want to do.
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Collection: Thinking
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Masters of Sex is the degree I got from Boston College.
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Collection: Sex
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You aren't allowed to feel special, but no one knows the specific ways you are in pain.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Pain
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There's only, like, five perfectly symmetrical people in the world, and they're all movie stars, and they should be, because their faces are very pleasing to look at, but the rest of us are just a jangle of stuff, and the earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have and not obsess about what you don't have, the happier you will be.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Stars
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I had no idea how to get guys to notice me. I still don't. Who cares?
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Collection: Women
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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 will never make you truly whole.
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Collection: Jobs
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You can't look stupid if you're having fun.
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Collection: Fun
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Only at the Golden Globes do the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people in television.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Beautiful
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You can't stand around and wait to be asked to dance.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Waiting
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Make no a complete sentence.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Sentences
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The pressure of 'what are you going to do?' makes everyone feel like they haven't done anything yet.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Done
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I asked people who have already finished books for advice, which is akin to asking a mother with a four-year-old what childbirth is like.
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Collection: Mother
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We were also performing. We'd give them a list of, like, 'Here's how we want to be introduced' They'd be like, 'Great' And then 5 minutes later they'd come back, 'Bad news: we lost your list. But good news: we've got a trash bag full of weed!'
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Collection: Weed
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I do not improvise in heels.
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Collection: High Heels
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I like bossy girls. I always have. I like people filled with life.
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Collection: Girl
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The only thing we can depend on in life is that everything changes. The seasons, our partners, what we want and need. We hold hands with out high school friends and swear to never lose touch, and then we do.Change is the only constant. Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well-being.
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Collection: School
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In my twenties I tried cocaine, which I instantly loved but eventually hated. Cocaine is terrific if you want to hang out with people you don't know very well and play Ping-Pong all night. It's bad for almost everything else.
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Collection: Night
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I don't think a man who is fifteen years younger than me should tell me he is proud of me unless he is my sober coach or my time-travel dad.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Dad
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Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Neighbor
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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.
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Collection: Way
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I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I've grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. So let's peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us. The open-faced sandwiches who take risks and live big and smile with all of their teeth. These are the people I want to be around. This is the honest way I want to live and love and write.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Writing
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A bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader.
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Collection: Leader
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I love saying 'yes' and I love saying 'please.' Saying 'yes' doesn't mean I don't know how to say no, and saying 'please' doesn't mean I am waiting for permission. 'Yes please' sounds powerful and concise. It's a response and a request. It is not about being a good girl; it is about being a real woman.
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Collection: Girl
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Symmetry is pleasing but not as sexy. Einstein is cool but Picasso knows what I'm talking about.
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Collection: Sexy
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I've failed a million times on stage. I've listened to notes that I knew weren't right. I've pitched ideas and let other people change them, knowing that it was the wrong choice. The question you have to ask yourself is: How do you want to fail? Do you want to fail in a way that feels like it respects your tastes and value system?
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Ideas
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Girls, if a boy says something that isn't funny, you don't have to laugh.
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Collection: Girl
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Great people do things before they're ready...You might find out something about yourself that's really special and if you're not good, who cares? You tried something.
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Collection: People
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Reading was a way to make friends or enemies, a way to discover how all these different people exist in the world and to rub shoulders with them. The ability to feel as if you have met someone, as if that person exists in flesh and blood and that you relate to them somehow, makes you feel a lot less lonely. And it also makes you feel very brave.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Lonely
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It's interesting that people always want to ask me and a lot of working mothers, how do you do it? And it's like well, just like everybody else. It proves it's a bad question.
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Collection: Mother
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I also love being able to do something that kids and families can enjoy because I have two children of my own and I want them to grow up watching all the fabulous animated movies and cartoons that I loved to watch as a kid.
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Collection: Children
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What I like about all these giant superhero movies is that they speak to the issues that I'm dealing with - working mother and time management and how to be an interesting, sexual, curious woman in your 40s.
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Collection: Mother
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I get a bit nervous because I just want the show to go well. I think you always have to be a little bit nervous, or else you're a little checked-out, and that's maybe the time when you're not doing your best stuff, because you're kind of just checked-out and falling back on stuff.
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Collection: Fall
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It seems a strange thing, but once I was able to get past that kind of self-image problem, I was able to open up in my comedy work and just go all out, take chances, and have fun with the performance aspect of that.
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Collection: Fun
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I had to come to terms with how I saw myself. I had to understand that I wasn't pretty or beautiful like most actresses and that I shouldn't care about whether other people found me attractive or not.
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Collection: Beautiful
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[At Boston College] I started working on the kinds of skills that you need for comedy. It's about being creative and learning to use your gift for being able to let loose and be very unself-conscious. It took me time though before I was really able to get comfortable doing that.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: College
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I have withdrawal pains about not getting to work the people (on the show).
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Pain
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The computer is the new fireplace, everyone in the family gathers around the digital hearth for warmth.
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Collection: Digital
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There's nothing like watching a live performance of, frankly, anything. You have to make sure that people believe everything is improvised. I could not stress enough how little we [actors] prepare and what small amount of time we put in before these shows.
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Collection: Stress
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Ladies like improv stilts, and I think men like improv giant cocks. But one of the great things about improv is that you get to play some roles you'd never get to play otherwise, you know, like the old Italian pizza-maker who's passing on the business down to his son. You get to play it all when you improvise.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Son
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I'd like to think that I don't have a stock character that I go to. I'm lucky in that when you get to initiate your own scene, you get to play whoever you want. That's really kind of cool, but all my characters are short. I look on the videotape, and I thought they were taller, but they're all 5'2".
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Collection: Character
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Well people love to go dirty and stuff like that. It's funny, because even really dirty things can kind of inspire, but all things inspire really dirty improv and monologues. So then really dirty things can inspire the exact opposite. It's kind of a crapshoot.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Dirty
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You learn early as an actor that creating your own material is the only way to have any control.
- Amy Poehler
Collection: Creating