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43 Great Tina Fey Quotes for Her 43rd Birthday

One of Flavorwire’s favorite people, Tina Fey, turns 43 years old tomorrow, so we’re marking the occasion in the best way we know how — by rounding up some of the funniest witticisms and best advice from the brilliant and funny writer/comedienne. We’ve got one for every year, so click through for her thoughts on working motherhood, celebrity, homophobia, strip clubs, and Mark Wahlberg’s nipples.

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On the “women aren’t funny” debate

“It is an impressively arrogant move to conclude that just because you don’t like something, it is empirically not good. I don’t like Chinese food, but I don’t write articles trying to prove it doesn’t exist.” (Bossypants, 2011)

“It’s one that now I feel free to opt out of because it’s just so boring. The fact that it’s still even talked about is just so, so boring and dumb.” (Entertainment Weekly, 2012)

On euphemisms for sex organs

I do love cooter. I suppose I like cooter because it’s one of the least graphic ways to describe a lady’s genitals. Not that I don’t have an appreciation for other euphemisms. There’s an SNL writer named Matt Piedmont who used to write these unairable but hilarious sketches, and one of them had over fifty euphemisms for the female genitals. I don’t remember most of them, except for ‘meat drapes.’ That really stuck out for me. Meat drapes. It leaves you with such a vivid and disturbing image.” (The Believer, 2003)

On Playboy Playmates

I don’t know if you’ve noticed this, but every one of them — every single one — has those pencil-eraser nipples and an orangey-tanny body. I just don’t understand where the appeal is. If you’re going to be a whore, at least be original about it.” (The Believer, 2003)

On blondes

“Let’s admit it, yellow hair does have magic powers. You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to fuck it.” (Bossypants, 2011)

On strip clubs

“I love to play strippers and to imitate them. I love using that idea for comedy, but the idea of actually going there? I feel like we all need to be better than that. That industry needs to die, by all of us being a little bit better than that.” (Vanity Fair, 2009)

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