Amy Poehler Quotes: The Importance of Having Layers to Remove any Labels

Comedian and actress, Amy Poehler, is often only remembered for her hilarious comedic one-liners and her role on SNL. She was born in Newton, Massachusetts and has thick Boston roots that she often publically claims. After she graduated from Boston College, she moved to Chicago and joined the improv troupes, Second City and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade. Her first big break arrived when she was hired as a featured performer on Saturday Night Live, and the rest was history ever since. Poehler went on to become an established actress and comedian in various different TV Shows and Films.

As mentioned above, Poehler is known for her comedic antics, but her charity work is often forgotten. Poehler is working with the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO), an organization that helps different orphans around the world have access to the food, love, care, and shelter that they deserve. She also started up a program called Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls which is a website that is dedicated to “content that helps girls (and boys) to “be themselves,” and to show them all of the career (and life) options available.” Poehler attended the Variety Power of Women Banquet in which she delivered an incredible speech where she stated that she believes “every child should believe they are the center of the universe. If your child believes that, you’re doing a good job.” Poehler delivered this speech while in tears and it helped remind the public of the many different layers that she and everyone else has. We live in a society where placing labels on a person becomes almost second nature. The person is given a label or title such as a “Comedian” or “Celebrity” and everything else they do is forgotten.

Amy Poehler is funny and talented, but she also has so much depth, love, and wisdom to give which should not be forgotten. Here are ten quotes by 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


“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


“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


“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


“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


“You deserve love and you’ll get it.” – Amy Poehler


“I get worried for young girls sometimes: I want them to feel that they can be sassy and full and geeky and smart and independent. And not so withered and shriveled.” – 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


“Take your risks now, as you grow 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


“When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing.” – Amy Poehler

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