Amy Poehler: Top 9 Quotes From ‘Yes Please’

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Amy Poehler is one of the biggest talents in Hollywood – the 44-year-old is a successful comedian, actress, voice artist, director, producer, and writer. Her debut book, Yes Please, is a New York Times Number One Bestseller and continues to be met with critical acclaim today. With that in mind, here we present our list of the top nine most inspiring and fantastic quotes from Yes Please. Well, what are you waiting for? Check it out for yourself below!

Number Nine: Amy Poehler On Figuring Life Out

The first standout quote to kick off our list is Poehler’s commentary on the struggle of figuring out what you want to do in your twenties. She writes, “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.”

Number Eight: On Crying

Crying during an argument can be embarrassing and can also cause you to lose the argument. Poehler took another approach to crying during an argument when she writes, “However, if you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can always say, ‘I’m just crying because of how wrong you are.'”

Number Seven: On Relaxing

Amy Poehler is a really busy woman, and so she takes relaxing very seriously – but only when she’s ready. It can be frustrating being told to relax, and Poehler commented on this when she wrote, “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.”

Number Six: On Learning

It can be overwhelming to pick up a new skill, even if you’re extremely motivated. Poehler gives a great piece of advice about how to begin learning a new skill: “Watching great people do what you love is a good way to start learning how to do it yourself.”

Number Five: On Greatness

While some people wait for good things to come to them, Poehler believes that you have to chase greatness to get to it – even if you’re not completely sure of yourself just yet. She writes, “I believe great people do things before they are ready.”

Number Four: On Saying ‘Yes, Please’

Poehler’s book is obviously called Yes Please, but that doesn’t mean she’s a subservient woman. Instead, she explains the title when she writes, “Saying ‘yes’ doesn’t mean I don’t know how to say no, and saying ‘please’ doesn’t mean I am waiting for permission.”

Number Three: On Emotions

When you’re sad, it can be difficult to get out of the funk. Poehler made an excellent comparison between emotions and the weather when she wrote, “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.”

Number Two: On Standing Up For Yourself

Poehler is a very strong woman, and as such, she’s a proponent of sticking up for yourself. However, this isn’t always easy. Her advice: “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.”

Number One: On People

One of the best quotes from Yes Please is Poehler’s discussion about people at their most beautiful. Almost poetically, she writes, “People are their most beautiful when they are laughing, crying, dancing, playing, telling the truth, and being chased in a fun way.” Thanks for reading!

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