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37 Super Important Life Lessons We Learned From Leslie Knope

36 Super Important Life Lessons We Learned From Leslie Knope

Tonight, for the last time, we welcome back everyone’s favorite mid-level government employee with a penchant for waffles. The entire Parks and Recreation crew has kept us laughing these past six years, but it was Leslie Knope who taught us how to live every day with gusto, love, and an unhealthy appreciation for miniature horses. We’ll say farewell to Parks and Recreation after this season, but the life lessons Leslie Knope has given us will live forever. Or, you know, as long as Netflix, Pinterest, and memes are still a thing.

  1. You should never be ashamed of having ambition.
  2. Dream big.
  3. There is no sadness that breakfast food can’t cure.
  4. Be loyal, and others will be loyal to you.
  5. A well thought out, creative compliment will make your friends feel both flattered and slightly uncomfortable.
  6. Hoes before bros. Uteruses before duderuses. Ovaries before brovaries.
  7. Leave yourself an encouraging voicemail when going through a tough time.
  8. Work never comes before friends. Or waffles.
  9. When people yell, they’re just caring loudly at you.
  10. When you love someone, you should also like him or her.
  11. Salad isn’t real food.
  12. It’s not pushing too hard, it’s caring a lot.
  13. Sometimes, if it’s for the right reason, you have to break the rules.
  14. Skywriting isn’t always positive.
  15. Galentine’s Day should be a national holiday.
  16. Strike a pose. Google Earth is always taking pictures.
  17. Eleanor Roosevelt > Marilyn Monroe.
  18. There’s no such thing as too much sugar.
  19. Make a big deal about birthdays.
  20. Wear your sharpest rings in case something bad goes down.
  21. “Every time a couple gets married, two single people die.”
  22. Sometimes you have to let your anger out, maybe in the form of a terrifying, psychopathic threat. It’s effective.
  23. “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.”
  24. If you like him, make out with him. On his face.
  25. “Guys love it when you can show them you’re better than they are at something they love.”
  26. All penguins deserve the right to get married.
  27. You’re a goddess.
  28. Keep an emergency s’more kit in your car.
  29. It’s okay to be inspired by yourself.
  30. When doing karaoke, don’t pick a slow jam.
  31. Parks > libraries
  32. Deflect negative attitudes with your positive shield.
  33. One man’s worst nightmare is another man’s total package.
  34. Tattoos are not the answer to emotional distress.
  35. Vegetables? Bad. Vegetable puns? Good.
  36. Fuck the boys’ club.
  37. Above all, be a good friend.

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