98+ Best Amy Poehler Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. Profoundly inspirational Amy Poehler quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Amy Poehler Quotes

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

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

Hey, guess what? Turns out the free market. Not so free. Wall Street was hit hard Monday when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was sold to Bank of America, and insurance giant AIG neared a collapse of its own. Basically, if your commercials air during golf tournaments, you’re done. – Amy Poehler

When you’re a stay-at-home mother you have to pretend it’s really boring, but it’s not. It’s enriching and fulfilling, and an amazing experience. And then when you’re a working mother you have to pretend that you feel guilty all day long. – Amy Poehler

Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ – Amy Poehler

Prince Harry this week toured the Jersey Shore with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. It was the first meeting between the Prince, of the House of Windsor, and the Governor, of the House of Pancake. – Amy Poehler

You have to be where you are to get where you need to go. – Amy Poehler

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 who dream and support and do things. – Amy Poehler

Your career and your passion don’t always match up. Plenty of talented people don’t have the careers they want. Plenty of untalented people make millions and make movies. There is a difference between determination and talent. – Amy Poehler

Improvisation is almost like the retarded cousin in the comedy world. We’ve been trying forever to get improvisation on TV. It’s just like stand-up. It’s best when it’s just left alone. It doesn’t translate always on TV. It’s best live. – Amy Poehler

Whenever I read stories of people doing huge pranks on set, all I think is, ‘These people have too much time on their hands.’ Besides, I don’t want to make some poor assistant clean up someone’s trailer after I’ve filled it with, say, Cadbury eggs. See? I can’t even think of a good prank. – 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

Any time you talk to anyone about something that they love, they’re, like, their most beautiful. It’s a cool gift to get to talk to people about what they love. – Amy Poehler

No one looks stupid when they’re having fun. – Amy Poehler

Don’t think. Get out of your head. Stop planning and just go. – Amy Poehler

So, if you’re doing good longform with talented people than you can step out and you can be the president, or a construction worker and people accept that. It’s really the roles you give yourself. – Amy Poehler

Listen. Say yes. Live in the moment. Make sure you play with people who have your back. Make big choices early and often. – Amy Poehler

Sometimes painful things can teach us lessons that we didn’t think we needed to know. – Amy Poehler

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

Try putting your iPhones down every once in a while and look at people’s faces. – 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

Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors. – Amy Poehler

If I wanted to see Jonah Hill masturbate at a pool party, I’d go to one of Jonah Hill’s pool parties. – Amy Poehler

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

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

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

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life. – Amy Poehler

A top McCain policy adviser claimed this week that McCain’s work in the Senate helped create the BlackBerry, saying, ‘You’re looking at the miracle that John McCain helped create.’ He then handed the BlackBerry to McCain, who attempted to withdraw $20 from it. – 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

The answer to a lot of your life’s questions is often in someone else’s face. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous, or asleep, try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ Continue to share your heart with people even if it has been broken. – Amy Poehler

I just want to help other women achieve as much as they can in society without restraints being imposed on us. It’s the most natural and normal thing to want to defend your rights to equal opportunities, equal pay for equal work, and everything that comes with that. – Amy Poehler

There’s power in looking silly and not caring that you do. – Amy Poehler

You can’t stand around and wait to be asked to dance. – Amy Poehler

Ignore what other people think. Most people aren’t even paying attention to you. – Amy Poehler

Sleep can completely change your entire outlook on life. One good night’s sleep can help you realize that you shouldn’t break up with someone, or you are being too hard on your friend, or you actually will win the race or the game or get the job. Sleep helps you win at life. – Amy Poehler

I ate two waffles, a banana and cereal with blueberries. And that whas between my two breakfasts. – Amy Poehler

Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used. – Amy Poehler

Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier. – Amy Poehler

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

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

I had already made a decision early on that I would be a plain girl with tons of personality, and accepting it made everything a lot easier. 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. I have spent a lifetime coming to terms with this idea and I would say I am about 15 to 20 percent there. Decide what your currency is early. Let go of what you will never have. People who do this are happier and sexier. – Amy Poehler

When I had a job catering, I catered a wedding for the Smashing Pumpkins bassist in Indiana. And I served Billy Corgan shrimp off a tray. – Amy Poehler

I was the daughter of teachers, so school was always very important. I liked it. – Amy Poehler

I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler. – Amy Poehler

Any actor or actress that tells you that they don’t watch their stuff is lying. – Amy Poehler

Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken. – Amy Poehler

You have to remember that goodbyes are temporary because no one ever really leaves and nothing lasts forever. People are always with us, because they are in our hearts and in our memory. The only thing we can depend on is change… Life is just a series of moments — a string of pearls that make up the necklace of your life and so every once in a while, to complete the circle, you need to end a chapter. – Amy Poehler

The truth is, writing is this: hard and boring and occasionally great but usually not. – Amy Poehler

Just breathe. Sometimes you’re only a few breaths away from feeling better. – Amy Poehler

Most of the women in your life will outlast the men in your life. The Saturday Night Live ladies – Maya Rudolph, Rachel Dratch, Tina – and I text pictures of our kids back and forth all the time. It keeps us connected. As my nanny used to say, the older you get, the more important it is to know people that knew you when. – 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

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

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

Opening your heart and being courageous and telling people that you care about them or like them or that you think they’re special only makes you a better, bigger, kinder, softer, more loving person, and only attracts more love into your life. – Amy Poehler

We don’t want to be afraid to make a choice because we’re afraid to make a mistake because most decisions aren’t final. Feelings change all the time. You can always change your mind and taking risks and making choices is what makes life so exciting because we never know what’s going to happen. Every day something new comes our way. – Amy Poehler

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

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

It’s not communism, it’s shouldn’t be that everybody gets a try no matter how good or bad they are. It’s our profession and our art, so we should eventually strive to be working with the best people. – Amy Poehler

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. – 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

When you’re doing sketch comedy and you’re pregnant, it’s like wearing a giant sombrero in every sketch. – Amy Poehler

When young girls are encouraged to explore what they find interesting, they grow up to be interesting women. – Amy Poehler

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

Sometimes you need to know to quit while you’re ahead or at least before things get much worse! – Amy Poehler

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. – Amy Poehler

Earlier today former Vermont Governor Howard Dean became the new head of the Democratic National Committee — no word on who will be the neck. – Amy Poehler

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

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

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

If boys say something that’s not funny, you don’t have to laugh. – Amy Poehler

When in doubt, make funny faces. – Amy Poehler

There’s something so romantic about being broke in New York. You gotta do it. You have to live there once without any money, and then you have to live there when you have money. Let me tell you, of the two, the latter is far better. – Amy Poehler

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 is 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

The process of divorce is about loading that blanket, throwing it up, watching it all spin, and worrying what stuff will break when it lands. – Amy Poehler

Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing. Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken. – Amy Poehler

I have these meetings with really powerful men and they ask me all the time, ‘Where are your kids? Are your kids here?’ It’s such a weird question. Never in a million years do I ask guys where their kids are. It would be comparable to me going to a guy, ‘Do you feel like you see your kids enough?’ – Amy Poehler

Everybody is interesting when they are interested in something. – Amy Poehler

Dreams never wear you down. – Amy Poehler

Be easy on yourself. Have fun. Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good. Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life the better. The minute anybody makes you feel weird and non-included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it. – Amy Poehler

Creativity is connected to your passion, that light inside you that drives you. That joy that comes when you do something you love. That small voice that tells you, ‘I like this. Do this again. You are good at it. Keep going.’ That is the juicy stuff that lubricates our lives and helps us feel less alone in the world. – Amy Poehler

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

I lived in Chicago for a few years and got a sense of – kind of that broad-shouldered, windy, um, stern, Midwestern, warm-slash-passive aggressive, wonderful – every adjective I can think of, very cold. – Amy Poehler

I hate Halloween. I hate dressing up. I hate – I wear wigs, makeup, costumes every day. Halloween is like, my least favorite holiday. – Amy Poehler

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

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

Both conservatives and liberals watch ‘Parks and Recreation,’ and they each think the show is for them, which is really cool. ‘SNL’ was totally different. It was exciting because everyone was paying attention. Political humor works when people know what you’re talking about. – Amy Poehler

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. – 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 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

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

If you ever want to see heaven, watch a bunch of young girls play. They are all sweat and skinned knees. Energy and open faces. – Amy Poehler

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

I’m going to do ‘The Social Network Two: The Electric Boogaloo.’ And I have a part in ‘Beige Swan.’ I’m going to be the lead, but I don’t dance. I just do a lot of sitting down. It’s too tiring to get up and dance around. That should be coming out in 20-never. – Amy Poehler

Rooting for other people’s failure does get in the way of your success…when you can wish good things for people and rejoice when they get it, so many gifts and blessings come to you that you can’t even imagine. – Amy Poehler

Most authors liken the struggle of writing to something mighty and macho, like wrestling a bear. Writing a book is nothing like that. It is a small, slow crawl to the finish line. Honestly, I have moments when I don’t even care if anyone reads this book. I just want to finish it. – Amy Poehler

It’s nice to be short, because people expect less from you. – Amy Poehler

Sleep and I do not have a good relationship. We have never been good friends. I am constantly chasing sleep and then pushing it away. A good night’s sleep is my white whale. Like Ahab, I am also a total drama queen about it. I love to talk about how little sleep I get. I brag about it, as if it is a true indication of how hard I work. – Amy Poehler

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