93+ 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

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

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

Always remember your kid’s name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces. Amy Poehler

That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. Good for her! Not for me. Amy Poehler

I cannot stress enough that the answer to life’s questions is often in people’s faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people’s faces. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they are angry, or nauseous or asleep. Amy Poehler

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. Amy Poehler

You deserve love and you’ll get it. 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

I don’t watch a lot of comedy. For relaxation and escape, I watch shows about how people survive bear attacks. Or old episodes of Law and Order, the Benjamin Bratt Jerry Orbach era. Amy Poehler

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, no matter how great the machines are. Amy Poehler

As an actor, you can certainly, at any moment and at any time, discover 400 people who think you’re stupid, fat and ugly. 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

Tina Fey and I have 15 things in development Laverne and Shirley, Starsky and Hutch 3, Cagney and Lacey, Wonder Twins Activate From Two Hot Broads, Little House on the Prairie The Musical The Movie. Amy Poehler

People are their most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling the truth, and being chased in a fun way. Amy Poehler

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

Hopefully as you get older, you start to learn how to live with your demon. It’s hard at first. Some people give their demon so much room that there is no space in their head or bed for love. They feed their demon and it gets really strong and then it makes them stay in abusive relationships or starve their beautiful bodies. But sometimes, you get a little older and get a little bored of the demon. Through good therapy and friends and self love you can practice treating the demon like a hacky, annoying cousin. Maybe a day even comes when you are getting dressed for a fancy event and it whispers, You aren’t pretty, and you go, I know, I know, now let me find my earrings. Sometimes you say, Demon, I promise you I will let you remind me of my ugliness, but right now I am having hot sex so I will check in later. 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

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

Sometimes in my class I have people come in and do monologues inspired by people they know and I always find that to be useful to do specifics about somebody and then you’re actually doing a character and not doing some random old lady or something. Amy Poehler

Because what else are we going to do? Say no? Say no to an opportunity that may be slightly out of our comfort zone? Quiet our voice because we are worried it is not perfect? I believe great people do things before they are ready. Amy Poehler

I used to get my hair dyed at a place called Big Hair. It cost $15. They just used straight bleach, so my hair was the color of white lined paper, and my eyebrows looked like they were done with a thick black marker. 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 Poehle

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

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

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

It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. It takes years to find your voice and seize your real estate. 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

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

A lot of people don’t know I am always thisfuckingclose to doing some crazy shit. 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

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

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

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

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

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

It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for. 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

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

I’d say any good set or any comedy that I’ve worked on, that’s worked, has been comedians pitching ideas back and forth to each other. A lot of like, What if you say this? What about this? Amy Poehler

Anger and embarrassment are often neighbors. 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 believe great people do things before they are ready. Amy Poehler

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

Your ability to navigate and tolerate change and its painful uncomfortableness directly correlates to your happiness and general well being. See what I just did there? I saved you thousands of dollars on self help books. If you can surf your life rather than plant your feet, you will be happier. 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

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

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

Emotions are like passing storms, and you have to remind yourself that it won’t rain forever. You just have to sit down and watch it pour outside and then peek your head out when it looks dry. Amy Poehler

I’ve said this before, that, when you’re in school and you’re the class clown, men are really good at making fun at other people and women are really good at making fun of themselves. 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

In a recent Valentine’s Day posting on her fan website, Britney Spears says that oh, who cares? 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

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

Please don’t drive drunk, okay? Seriously. It’s so fucked up. 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

I get a little itchy if I don’t have some control. Amy Poehler

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

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 bat erang and therefore if it stays in its original packing it increases in value. Amy Poehler

Well, the first thing we do is take our brain out and put it in a drawer. Stick it somewhere and let it tantrum until it wears itself out. You may still hear the brain and all the shitty things it is saying to you, but it will be muffled, and just the fact that it is not in your head anymore will make things seem clearer. And then you just do it. Amy Poehler

I worked at an ice cream parlor called Chadwicks. We wore old timey outfits and had to bang a drum, play a kazoo, and sing Happy Birthday to people while giving them free birthday sundaes. Lots of ice cream scooping and $1 tips. Amy Poehler

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

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

I have to say I enjoy physical comedy and I’ve always loved to kind of take risks. I don’t like worrying too much about how I look or how I come across, so that can sometimes. You know, I like to play those kinds of deluded but fun characters. Amy Poehler

A person’s tragedy does not make up their entire life. A story carves deep grooves into our brains each time we tell it. But we aren’t one story. We can change our stories. 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

It’s easier to be brave when you’re not alone. Amy Poehler

I think real life couples on screen are kind of deadly. For the most part, they’re kind of deadly. You’d be surprised. Unless they’re falling in love onscreen for the first time, you don’t have quite the same energy for some reason. Amy Poehler

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

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

I am introducing a new idea. Try to care less. Practice ambivalence. Learn to let go of wanting it. Amy Poehler

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

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

I know enough now to know I know nothing. Amy Poehler

I also think if you’re an actor and you can improvise, when you go on an audition and you can improvise you’re just a genius. If you can, you know, take a Tide commercial and you can just say one funny line that’s not in the commercial they think you’re a genius. Amy Poehler

I had already made a decision early on that I would be a plain girl with lots 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. 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

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

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

When you are pregnant you can get away with a lot of shit. Women really are at their most dangerous during this time. Your hormones are telling you that you are strong and sexy, everyone is scared of you, and you have a built in sidekick who might come out at any minute. There should be some kind of pregnancy superhero movie. Calling Hollywood now. What’s that, Hollywood? It’s a weird idea and also you don’t do movies with female superheroes? Copy that. Amy Poehler

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

Dancing is the great equalizer. It gets people out of their heads and into their bodies. I think if you can dance and be free and not embarrassed you can rule the world. Amy Poehler

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. Amy Poehler

Too often we women try to tackle chaos that is not ours to fix. Amy Poehler

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

You can only move if you are actually in the moment. You have to be where you are to get where you need to go. Amy Poehler

It’s very hard to watch comedy for me, when I’m doing a comedy show, because I either watch a show and I love it, and I’m jealous, or I watch a show and I see all the problems with it, and I’m angry that I watched it. Amy Poehler

I have the Angelina Jolie of vaginas. Amy Poehler

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