Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) is the nerdy, cheese-obsessed queen of 30 Rock — and our hearts. She's fearlessly single most of the time, isn't afraid to go against men in the workplace and has a job she absolutely loves (mostly). Liz is basically the role model every young girl needs.
She's also totally our spirit animal. From her #realtalk about her mistakes to being super honest about her struggles with her sexuality, Liz is the GOAT. She's basically the dream when it comes to empowered, awkward females we want to grow up and be. Here are some of her most hilarious quotes that prove she's the QWEEN of keeping it real and being unabashedly herself!
Holla girl! Nowadays, it's almost impossible to get away from the talk of "love" and "lovers," and we are so over it. Liz Lemon is never afraid to admit she loves food more than romance. SAME. Gimme a meat lovers pizza any day over some dumb dude. Pizza doesn't break your heart, ladies!
We feel this one hard. I mean, doesn't going to the gym once six months ago count for anything anymore?! To be fair, not going to the gym is so much easier than actually going to the gym. Liz knows working women are busy, and at-home workouts are the way to go. Or, yanno, one push up and a glass of wine. Either or.
Liz Lemon is a total geek (though all the best things are "geeky"!) and it's amazing. She's also turning a negative into a positive here. Yeah, she's being rejected. But the X-men, a.k.a mutants with superpowers, were also rejected and they save the world on the reg. Lemon may not a world-saver, but some self-confidence is never a bad thing.
She's not wrong. What sounds more relaxing than eating a good sandwich and being left the hell alone? Pretty much nothing unless you also have french fries with that sandwich. This is probably the ideal platform for candidates to run on: the belief that food and alone time are all anyone needs to be peaceful in life. Liz Lemon 4 President.
This is more relevant than ever with a potential (okay, well not really) Oprah for President bid in 2020. O is the lifestyle guru with all the knowledge so not doing whatever she says actually might be actively bad for you. You heard it here first. Her "favorite things" are always instant winners and she has some of the best gift-giving advice in the game. Live your life the Oprah way, and the Liz Lemon way by proxy.
What is a better way to embrace your feminism than this perfect metaphor? Liz, sometimes cynically, is all about women's empowerment. She's a high powered showrunner at NBC, she's financially independent, and she works hard to lift up everyone around her. She is a prime example of being a freakin' #boss while still taking time to make sure those around her, like her BFF Jenna, (Jane Krakowski) are getting theirs, too. Total human bra.
Owning up to your mistakes is a healthy, normal part of life. Sure, Liz's mistakes may be a bit wilder, but the principal is still the same. There is no lack of weird, awkward mistakes in our past (and, alright, our future) that can be owned up to. Plus, doing insane things to impress guys? Yeah, we've unfortunately been there. It's easy to say you won't french-kiss a dog to impress a hunk but sometimes life comes at you fast and you forget you're a lady. Shiz happens.
Aside from the obvious impossibility of this, wouldn't marrying yourself be kind of nice? You know how you take your coffee, you get the whole bed to yourself, and there's no one to drink all your wine but you. Ah, paradise. Liz accepts the reality that maybe there isn't someone for everyone so she might have to bite the bullet and marry herself. And while that's not possible, or necessary really, we do appreciate her dedication to matrimony.
Sometimes it's the small victories in life, and Liz knows this. If you're having a bad day, you need to celebrate the little things you're good at, like a limited mastery of a language. Plus, going a day without crying means you're a successful adult, right? Liz knows her limitations and knows her weaknesses and owns them, choosing to find joy in things like not crying or knowing a little bit of something. We could all learn to love ourselves a little better, whether it be for small things or large.
PREACH! Who needs a """lover""" when a woman can do anything a man can do, and do it better? We totally feel this down to our core. You don't need ANYONE to complete you. With a romantic holiday always seemingly right around the corner, it's hard to not feel a little down if you're alone. But feel empowered! And feel good that you can do things that way you want without regard to anyone else. Being by yourself is sometimes (usually, tbh) a blessing, not a curse.
We feel this one so hard. Because sometimes when life sucks and nothing is going your way, you don't want to talk to anyone. You want to eat. There's a reason the stereotype of "sad person crying over ice cream" exists. Food doesn't talk back or give you the advice you don't want to hear. It just tastes good and, sometimes, puts you to sleep when you eat way too much. Friends are great, but food is the best.
One of Liz Lemon's most classic quotes. Cheese + pajamas + sleep afterward = the best experience there is. It's literally a no-brainer. Eat cheese at night. Go to bed after. So simple. So perfect. Liz has perfected the art of eating, basically, and we are forever in her debt for this gem.
Liz Lemon coming in hot with the ultimate sex tips. Sex is great and all, but have you ever had a snack on hand right afterward? Game changer. Liz isn't the sexiest girl on the block, and she knows it and owns it. We totally relate to not feeling sexy all the time. Sometimes we just want to get through the big show to the snack and the nap at the end. No shame.
She's awkward, she's independent, she knows how to worship a good cheese, and she's accepting AF. Yup, Liz Lemon is our spirit animal. These are definitely words to live by. Whatever makes someone happy should be what we wish for them. Gender fluidity and acceptance are hugely visible things right now and follow Liz's way of thinking is the best way to ensure everyone is accepted, happy, and being their authentic self. And what could be greater than that?
Some well-meaning guy comes up to you in the club and offers to buy you a drink. That's all fine and good, but sometimes don't you wish he'd buy you appetizers instead? Liz Lemon vocalized all of our bar thoughts with this one. I already have a drink, but you know what would really help my hangover tomorrow? Get a girl some snacks! Alas, we can't really say that to some random guy we just met (...or can we?). But Liz imagines a world in which we can, and that's not nothing.
We could all stand to say "yes" more, and why not say yes to the important things in life? Being open to love and living life is great and all but it's that third one that has us excited: yes to staying in more. More nights in bed! More nights canceling plans because you're too tired! And more nights binge-watching your newest TV obsession! If there's anything Liz says that we can get behind, it's this one. She truly is the greatest role model am introverted young adult would ever need.
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