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Wise Words from Witty Women


  1. “Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion. Just thinking foolishly that you will be able to do what you want to do.” -Tina Fey
  2. “It takes years as a woman to unlearn what you have been taught to be sorry for.” -Amy Poehler
  3. “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?” -Tina Fey
  4. “Some people say, ‘Never let them see you cry.’ I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.” -Tina Fey
  5. “You can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at.” -Tina Fey
  6. “Don’t waste your energy trying to change opinions. Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.” -Tina Fey
  7. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the water slide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” -Tina Fey
  8. “There is no one-of-woman-born who does not like Red Lobster cheddar biscuits. Anyone who claims otherwise is a liar and a Socialist.” -Tina Fey
  9. “Obviously, as an adult I realize this girl-on-girl sabotage is the third worst kind of female behavior, right after saying ‘like’ all the time and leaving your baby in a dumpster.” -Tina Fey
  10. “Whatever the problem, be part of the solution. Don’t just sit around raising question and pointing out obstacles.” -Tina Fey