It doesn’t get much more adorable than Ellie Kemper as Kimmy Schmidt in Tina Fey’s new Netflix series, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. From her bright flowery outfits to her relentlessly upbeat attitude, Kimmy never fails to lift our spirits and remind us that everything will be okay if we just stay true to ourselves.

And while in true-to-form sitcom fashion, the show has no shortage of silly (and amazingly weird) jokes, it also has a ton of heart. Kimmy’s character serves as a reminder of how powerful it is to stay positive, respect yourself, and never lose sight of your dreams. 

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It also has some great guest stars: Tina Fey (in a perm!) makes an appearance, and Jon Hamm shocks us with his creepy role in the last few episodes. Not to mention, it has the same jolts of hilariously dark humor that set 30 Rock apart.

But back to our original point...

Here are 10 times Kimmy stole our hearts by saying something awesomely empowering:

  1. To her boss, Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski), on staying positive (even when you’re trapped underground by a crazy Reverend): “Smile until you feel better. I call it Kimmying, watch!”

 

  1. In response to the Reverend calling her and the other mole women garbage: “We’re not garbage, we’re human-beings.”

  1. To the other mole women on why she wants to start fresh in NYC: “Everyone in Indiana is just going to look at me like I’m a victim, and that’s not what I am.”

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  1. To her roommate Titus (Tituss Berguss) on why she won’t leave New York, and why he shouldn’t give up on his dream either: “Life beats you up, Titus. It doesn’t matter if you got tooken by a cult or you’ve been rejected over and over again at auditions. You can either curl up in a ball and die… or you can stand up and say we’re different. We’re the strong ones, and you can’t break us.”

 

  1. To Jacqueline's son, Buckley, on how to keep from tearing open his birthday presents before the party guests leave: “Just take it ten seconds at a time.”

  1. To Jacqueline on being true to herself in her messed-up marriage: “You can’t put a price tag on your self-respect."

  1. To Cindy about how to live her life post-bunker: “Listen to me: don’t listen to me. You get to live your life the way you want … No one gets to tell you what to do.”

  1. As she heads into court to prosecute the Reverend: “Stop! It’s Kimmy time.”

 

  1. Supporting Jacqueline at the divorce lawyer: “You’re so much stronger than you think.”

  1. Kimmy to her awesome self: “I’m having candy for dinner!”



    Images via Netflix

Marissa is an NYC-based writer who loves feminism, doughnuts, and being outside. She's not a huge fan of writing personal bios, but she does love writing pretty much anything else. Read more of her work at marissadubecky.com.

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