Caroline Gerdes
December 30, 2014 8:21 am

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 

Inside Amy Schumer Season 2 = Genius … So was her Ms. Gala speech about confidence.

“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.”

15. Sherri Shepherd 

“The best piece of advice someone has ever given me was ‘do it scared.’ And no matter if you’re scared, just go ahead and do it anyway because you might as well do it scared, so it will get done and you will feel so much better if you step out of your comfort zone.”

14. Maria Bamford

“Get out of your house and go see some live performance, for God’s sake. There are people creating things just outside your window.”

13. Kristen Wiig

There are so many funny women in the world, and there has been for so many years, so I’ll be happy when people can just move on from that, and things can just be ‘comedies’ and not ‘female’ or ‘male,’ and everyone gets an equal opportunity.”

12. Rashida Jones 

“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.”

11. Sarah Silverman 

10. Betty White

“Don’t try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won’t live long enough to find out about, but I’m still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, ‘I’m going to be 30 – oh, what am I going to do?’ Well, use that decade! Use them all!”

9. Aubrey Plaza

With the help of another funny lady …

8.  Tig Notaro

“Not many people have had as much bad luck as I have, but not many people have had as much good luck, either.”

7. Dorothy Parker (The Queen of Women’s Humor Jokes)

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”

6. Chelsea Handler 

“First of all, who cares if people hate you? There’s always a guarantee that certain people will dislike you. There’s never any guarantee that anyone will like you. So if anyone likes you at all, you’ve already won.”

5. Lena Dunham

“It’s interesting how we often can’t see the ways in which we are being strong – like, you can’t be aware of what you’re doing that’s tough and brave at the time that you’re doing it because if you knew that it was brave, then you’d be scared.”

4.  Mindy Kaling

“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.” 

3.  Ellen DeGeneres

Pretty much everything Ellen does or says … but especially this. 

“Find out who you are and figure out what you believe in. Even if it’s different from what your neighbors believe in and different from what your parents believe in. Stay true to yourself. Have your own opinion. Don’t worry about what people say about you or think about you. Let the naysayers nay. They will eventually grow tired of naying.”

2.  Amy Poehler 

There are so many wonderful Amy quotes to choose from!

“Be easy on yourself. Have fun. Only hang around people that are positive and make you feel good. Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life the better. The minute anybody makes you feel weird and non-included or not supported, you know, either beat it or tell them to beat it.”

1.  Tina Fey 

“Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions; go over, under, through, and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares? Do your thing, and don’t care if they like it.”

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