9 Surprisingly Inspirational Quotes from the Funniest Comedians
Laugh all you want, but these funny people are actually wise guys.
Take Big Chances
“The great thing about taking big chances when you’re younger is you have less to lose, and you don’t know as much. So you take big swings.”—Amy Poehler
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Show People Your Brain
“Life is like one big Mardi Gras. But instead of showing your boobs, show people your brain, and if they like what they see, you’ll have more beads than you know what to do with.”—Ellen DeGeneres
Use Your Madness
“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.”—Robin Williams
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Be So Good
“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”—Steve Martin
Go Down the Chute
“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
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Work Hard and Be Kind
“Work hard, be kind and amazing things will happen.”—Conan O’Brien
Everyone Should Create
“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening—everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say ‘I did that.’”—Ricky Gervais
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Desperation is Interesting
“Desperation is a necessary ingredient to learning anything, or creating anything. Period. If you ain’t desperate at some point, you ain’t interesting.”—Jim Carrey
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Always Look Forward
“Look to the future, because that is where you’ll spend the rest of your life.”—George Burns
Originally published as 10 Surprisingly Inspirational Quotes from Top Comedians on ReadersDigest.com.