Amy Poehler: Harvard University, 2011Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, shutterstock
“I moved to Chicago in the early 1990s and I studied improvisation there. I learned some rules that I try to apply still today. Listen, say yes, live in the moment, make sure you play with people who have your back, make big choices early and often. Don’t start a scene where two people are talking about jumping out of a plane. Start the scene having already jumped. If you are scared, look into your partner’s eyes. You will feel better… I cannot stress enough that the answer to a lot of your life’s questions is often in someone else’s face.” Amy’s only made a few graduation speeches, but you can bet she’s on our list of 10 comedians with inspiring life quotes.
Bill Watterson: Kenyon College, 1990Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, shutterstock
“We’re not really taught how to recreate constructively. We need to do more than find diversions; we need to restore and expand ourselves. Our idea of relaxing is all too often to plop down in front of the television set and let its pandering idiocy liquefy our brains. Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery—it recharges by running… Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems.”
Maria Shriver: USC Annenberg School of Communication, 2012Nicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, shutterstock
“I hope if you learn anything from me today, you learn and remember—The Power of the Pause. Pausing allows you to take a beat—to take a breath in your life. As everybody else is rushing around like a lunatic out there, I dare you to do the opposite. Remember to pause and reflect.” These are the 21 best success quotes we’ve ever found.