30+ Leslie Knope Quotes About Breakfast, Feminism, and Believing in Yourself

Amy Poehler’s iconic character from Parks and Recreation still remains one of our favorite feminists on TV. There are so many relatable, hilarious, and motivational Leslie Knope quotes from the show to enjoy. Each one reminds you to stay true to yourself, fight for what you believe in, and share your love with others.

Here are some of our favorite Leslie Knope quotes from Parks and Rec.

Relatable Leslie Knope Quotes

Leslie doesn’t hide her truth from anyone. She wants breakfast food? She’ll roll up to JJ’s Diner and get some. When she feels crappy, she’s going to let you know. She’s going to be open, honest, and will never compromise on being true to herself. And that’s why we love her.

Here are some of the most relatable Leslie Knope quotes.

“I don’t want to be overdramatic, but today felt like a hundred years in heck and the absolute worst day of my life.” — Leslie Knope

“I’m going to be direct and honest with you. I would like a glass of red wine and I’ll take the cheapest one you have because I can’t tell the difference.” — Leslie Knope

“Everything hurts and I’m dying.” — Leslie Knope

“I stand behind my decision to avoid salad and other disgusting things.” — Leslie Knope

“I believe assault should be legal if the person is a jerk.” — Leslie Knope

“I need you to text me every 30 seconds that everything is going to be OK.” — Leslie Knope

“Lucky for me, I’ve processed all my feelings. And I’ve gone through the five stages of grief: Denial, anger, internet commenting, cat adoption, African dance, cat returning to the adoption place, watching all the episodes of Murphy Brown, and not giving a flying fart.” — Leslie Knope

“I ate a brownie once at a party in college. It was intense. It was kind of indescribable, actually. I felt like I was floating. Turns out there wasn’t any pot in the brownie, it was just an insanely good brownie.” — Leslie Knope

“Everyone should love waffles. If they don’t, they’re crazy.” — Leslie Knope

“I mean, am I living the dream? I don’t know. Did I also just walk past a food truck and buy myself a waffle sundae? Yes!” — Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope Quotes on Feminism and the Patriarchy

Leslie represents a strong feminist figure fighting her way through politics. She also is a realistic feminist, who has flaws but is always open to learning and becoming a better ally through her privilege. Here are some quotes from Leslie on the patriarchy and how to support other women.

“If you want to bake a pie, that’s great. If you want to have a career, that’s great too.” — Leslie Knope

“When you love something, you don’t threaten it. You don’t punish it. You fight for it. You take care of it. You put it first.” — Leslie Knope

“Maybe it’s time for more women to be in charge.” — Leslie Knope

“No matter what I do, literally nothing bad can happen to me. I’m like a white, male US Senator.” — Leslie Knope

“If I had a stripper’s name, it would be Equality.” — Leslie Knope

“I guess some people object to powerful depictions of awesome ladies.” — Leslie Knope

“I am a Goddess, a glorious female warrior.” — Leslie Knope

“You know my code. Hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.” — Leslie Knope

Nerdy Leslie Knope Quotes

Above all, Leslie Knope is a lovable dork who can’t get enough of organization and government bureaucracy. She and Amy Santiago of Brooklyn 99 could talk about binders and highlighters for hours.

Here are some of the nerdiest Leslie Knope quotes out there.

“Hobbies? Organizing my agenda. Wait, that doesn’t sound fun… jammin’ on my planner!” — Leslie Knope

“I have ordered banners for every personal and professional event I’ve ever organized. My credit card called me about it. Not to question the charges, but to sincerely ask me if I was mentally stable.” — Leslie Knope

“My only official recommendations are U.S. Army-issued mustache trimmers, Morton’s Salt, and the C.R. Lawrence Fein two-inch ax-style scraper oscillating knife blade.” — Leslie Knope

“Pawnee’s Library Department is the most diabolical, ruthless bunch of bureaucrats I’ve ever seen. They’re like a biker gang, but instead of shotguns and crystal meth they use political savvy and shhhing.” — Leslie Knope

Leslie Knope Quotes on Being a Badass Working Woman

Leslie Knope knows what she wants and works hard for it. If you too are a strong, working woman, here are some Leslie Knope quotes to inspire yourself with.

“Now go find your team. Get to work. Whatever that work is that you find worth doing. Do it, and find some people to love who’ll do it with you.” — Leslie Knope

“I have the most valuable commodity in America: the blind, stubborn belief that I am doing what is right.” — Leslie Knope

“There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” — Leslie Knope

“We need to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, work. Or waffles, friends, work. Doesn’t matter, but work is third.” — Leslie Knope

Motivational Leslie Knope Quotes on Positive Thinking

There are plenty of motivating Leslie Knope quotes, because oftentimes she acts as her own biggest cheerleader.

And isn’t that the energy we need to all have for ourselves? And here are some motivational quotes to get ourselves to that level of self-confidence.

“What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly at me.” — Leslie Knope

“I am big enough to admit that I am often inspired by myself.” — Leslie Knope

“One person’s ‘annoying’ is another person’s ‘inspiring and heroic’.” — Leslie Knope

“Sometimes you have to make the hardest climb to see the most beautiful sunrise.” — Leslie Knope

“Do it. Fierce. Power.” — Leslie Knope

Why We Love Leslie Knope

While it’s hard to pick a favorite character on a show with Ron Swanson, Leslie Knope takes the cake. From her beautiful partnership with Ben Wyatt to her friendship with Ann Perkins, she just seems like a great person to be around.

She makes the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana a better place, no matter how hard people try to stop her. We should all take these inspiring Leslie Knope quotes to heart and make a difference in our towns, too!

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