You guys, the most important day of the year is here. Galentine's Day, February 13, is the crucial celebratory event created by Leslie Knope that the real, non-fictional world desperately needed. It's a day where ladies celebrate ladies, ideally surrounded by whipped cream-covered breakfast food.
The reason this holiday was instantly embraced by women everywhere with unwavering enthusiasm is because of the woman behind it all, Leslie Knope. She's the ultimate feminist hero who always has the best intentions, and she gives the best gifts in the world. She puts her entire beating aorta into each present she gives her gals. Which is ideally what you'd want out of the future first female President of the United States. OK, fine. I know that won't actually become a reality because Leslie Knope is not a real person, but wouldn't we all be so much better off if she was? Luckily, we can take solace in knowing that Amy Poehler is real, and every bit as wonderful as the role she plays.
Have you started planning your Galentine's Day festivities? Because now's the time to do it. Just in case you need a boost of enthusiasm to get geared up for a frank discussion on the best TV show ever (Friday Night Lights) and writing 5,000-word essays on why you love each one of your BFFs, here are some Amy Poehler quotes to get you in the correct headspace.
1. On Collaboration
“As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.” — Harvard Commencement Address
2. On Bossy Ladies
“I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.” — Glamour
3. On Happiness
“The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be.” — Glamour
4. On Love
“You deserve love and you’ll get it.” — Smart Girls At the Party
5. On Eliminating the Bad Eggs
“Anybody who doesn’t make you feel good, kick them to the curb. And the earlier you start in your life, the better.” — Harvard Commencement Address
6. On Being Vulnerable
“Continue to share your heart with people even if it’s been broken.” — Harvard Commencement Address
7. On Taking Risks
“When you feel scared, hold someone’s hand and look into their eyes. And when you feel brave, do the same thing.” — Harvard Commencement Address
8. On Fun
"Nobody looks stupid when they are having fun." — Yes Please
9. On Supporting Other Women
"That is the motto women should constantly repeat over and over again. 'Good for her! Not for me.'" — Yes Please
10. On Self Love
“You become more attractive when you love yourself. You attract the right things when you have a sense of who you are.” — Smart Girls At the Party