43 Great Tina Fey Quotes for Her 43rd Birthday


On the Sarah Palin impression…

“It was scary to be in that world of politics. I felt uncomfortable to be in that discussion. The weird thing is, when Darrell Hammond or Will Ferrell or Dana Carvey did an impersonation of a president, no one assumed it was personal, but because Sarah Palin and I are both women and people think women are meaner to each other, everyone assumed it was personal.” (Vogue, 2010)

…and her Republican parents

“Everyone’s parents are Republicans! Week one, they loved it; week two, they loved it; week three, they loved it — but by week four? My dad was like, ‘Enough already!’ I told him it was just that Governor Palin was the most fun to play. For a long time, Bill Clinton was the most fun, but in this election Sarah Palin was.” (Oprah, 2009)

On being a working mom

“It is less dangerous to draw a cartoon of Allah French-kissing Uncle Sam — which, let me make it very clear, I have not done — than it is to speak honestly about [working moms].” (Bossypants, 2011)

On honest work

“I want to keep creating comedy that is, as my old improv teacher would say, at the top of our intelligence or higher. It’s easy to fall into the trap of just cranking out things that are good enough to sell.” (Oprah, 2009)

On success

“I don’t fit the mold. In this country, success usually happens when you are 22 and six feet tall. Clearly, by asking that question [is she surprised by her success?] they are kind of letting me know that I am an aberration.” (Vogue, 2010)

“I know for sure that you can tell how smart people are by what they laugh at. I know for sure that a hard-boiled egg is two points on Weight Watchers. I know for sure that my kid needs my husband and me to be with her more. And I know for sure that I can’t get comfortable with all the attention I’ve been getting because it won’t last forever. It’s just a moment — and there will be other moments when people don’t care what I’m doing.” (Oprah, 2009)