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The 15 Most Inspiring Amy Poehler Quotes Ever

Funny lady Amy Poehler is not only uber hilarious — she's also insanely inspiring. In celebration of Amy Poehler's birthday, we pulled together some of the comedian's most empowering quotes.

On Being Yourself

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"I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed you can rule the world." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Being a Leader

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"Let me take a minute to say that I love bossy women. Some people hate the word, and I understand how 'bossy' can seem like a shitty way to describe a woman with a determined point of view, but for me, a bossy woman is someone to search out and celebrate. A bossy woman is someone who cares and commits and is a natural leader. Also, even though I'm bossy, I like being told what to do by people who are smarter and more interesting than me." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Having Kids

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"When your children arrive, the best you can hope for is that they break open everything about you. Your mind floods with oxygen. Your heart becomes a room with wide-open windows. You laugh hard every day. You think about the future and read about global warming. You realize how nice it feels to care about someone else more than yourself. And gradually, through this heart-heavy openness and these fresh eyes, you start to see the world a little more. Maybe you start to care a teeny tiny bit more about what happens to everyone in it." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Being a Team Player

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"You can't do it alone. 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." — Amy Poehler, Harvard Commencement Speech, 2011

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On Prioritizing What's Important

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"We need to remember what's important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn't matter, but work is third." — Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation, Season 3, Episode 13

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On Friendship

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"My mom always says it's very important to have people in your life who knew you when. The older you get, the more you treasure that idea of someone knowing your family and where you came from, and being around during these times and these times." — Amy Poehler, Glamour interview, 2015

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On Kindness

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"When you feel scared, hold someone's hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing... And if you add kindness and the ability to change a tire, you almost make up the perfect person." — Amy Poehler, Harvard Commencement Speech, 2011

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On Perspective

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"Any painful experience makes you see things differently. It also reminds you of the simple truths that we purposely forget every day or else we would never get out of bed." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Getting Older

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"Fighting aging is like the War on Drugs. It's expensive, does more harm than good, and has been proven to never end." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Following Your Dreams

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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." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Surrounding Yourself with Positivity

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"I want to be around people that do things. I don't want to be around people anymore that judge or talk about what people do. I want to be around people that dream and support and do things." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Saying Yes Please

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"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, Yes Please

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On Challenging Yourself

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"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." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Feeling Empowered

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"I am allowed to have healthy self-esteem." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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On Remembering We're Not Alone

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"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." — Amy Poehler, Yes Please

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