Ed note: This story was originally published June 7, 2014. But we loved it so much, we’re showing it again now as a li’l end-of-year present.
Sometimes you just need a hug, other times, you need an inspiring quote from a brilliantly funny famous lady to totally make your day. Our favorite funny ladies know how to make us laugh, but they also know how to make us smile. Here are 21 times our favorite female comedians said what we all needed to hear.
21. Whitney Cummings
20. Julia Louis-Dreyfus
“If you feel rooted in your home and family, if you’re active in your community, there’s nothing more empowering. The best way to make a difference in the world is to start by making a difference in your own life.”
19. Aisha Tyler
“You can only really learn from failure … To win, you need to fail, and fail hard.”
18. Margaret Cho
“I am so beautiful, sometimes people weep when they see me. And it has nothing to do with what I look like really, it is just that I gave myself the power to say that I am beautiful, and if I could do that, maybe there is hope for them too. And the great divide between the beautiful and the ugly will cease to be. Because we are all what we choose.”
17. Amy Schumer
“I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether. I want to throw my hands in the air, after reading a mean Twitter comment, and say, ‘All right! You got it. You figured me out. I’m not pretty. I’m not thin. I do not deserve to use my voice. I’ll start wearing a burqa and start waiting tables at a pancake house. All my self-worth is based on what you can see.’ But then I think, F*** that … I am a woman with thoughts and questions and s*** to say. I say if I’m beautiful. I say if I’m strong. You will not determine my story — I will.”
16. Zooey Deschanel:
“I don’t know why femininity should be associated with weakness. Women should be free to express who they are without thinking, ‘I need to act like a man, or I need to tone it down to be successful.’ That’s a very good way to keep women down.”