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9 Surprisingly Inspirational Quotes from Top Comedians

Laugh all you want, but these funny people are actually wise guys.

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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. These are the 17 best pieces of advice from graduation speeches.

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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. Don’t miss these other 21 success quotes that will help you reach your dreams.

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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

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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. These are 17 more uplifting quotes that will stay with you.

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Work hard and be kind

“Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.”—Conan O’Brien. Check out these other 26 quotes about the secrets to happiness.

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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. Here are 50 more inspirational quotes to get you through the morning.