— Women We Heart

Just some brilliant Mindy Kaling quotes in honor of her big day

It’s official: Mindy Kaling is having the best day ever. Which really means, we’re having the best day ever! What makes today so awesome for the writer and actress? Oh, just that Season 4 of The Mindy Project hits Hulu, and her new book Why Not Me? hits shelves (will our wish list come true?). To honor how much we heart Mindy, aka Dr. Lahiri, aka Beyoncé Pad Thai, we rounded up some of the most amazing quotes she’s dropped in the last few years. She always seems to know the right thing to say—and summarizes our feelings perfectly—about everything from friendship to work to body positivity. Girlfriend gives go-od advice.

“Work hard, know your sh-t, show your sh-t, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. if you do that, you will be fine.” –Why Not Me?

“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.” –Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

“Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also a big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.” –Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

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