7 Best Amy Schumer Quotes on Finding Your Own 'Hot-Blooded Fighter' Confidence

amy schumerThe next time you're feeling inadequate, or weak, or not-pretty-enough, or unloveable, please read this amazing speech about confidence by Amy Schumer. It's about how she became her own fairy godmother and rescued herself from a humiliating disaster.


Schumer gave this speech in May 2014 at the Ms. Foundation for Women Gloria Awards. She begins by talking about one of the lowest points of her life. She had been a happy, well-liked girl in high school, confident and care-free. Then she went to college, gained 30 pounds, and made the disheartening discovery that the boys there were not interested in dating her. "Day after day, I could feel the confidence drain from my body," she says. "I was not what these guys wanted. They wanted thinner, blonder, dumber ... "

So when a friend called her for a drunken booty call Schumer came right over. It was a disaster, of course. She was just a warm body to him. He was not a gracious lover, to say the least. It could have been a soul-crushing experience for Schumer. But amazingly, this is where she gets smarter and stronger.

This is also where the inspiring quotes start. I think I want each and every one of these printed as an inspiration poster with a sunrise and a charging unicorn.

1. Schumer giving herself a wake-up call: "I want to scream for myself, 'Get out of here, Amy. You are beautiful, you are smart, and worth more than this. This is not where you stay.'"

2. Schumer rescuing herself: "I was looking down at myself from the ceiling fan. What happened to this girl? How did she get here? I felt the fan on my skin and I went, 'Oh, wait! I am this girl! We got to get me out of here!' I became my own fairy godmother."

3. Schumer not even being bitter about the awful guy, but feeling grateful instead for the lesson she learned from their disastrous tryst: "I never heard from Matt again, but felt only grateful for being introduced to my new self, a girl who got her value from within her."

4. Schumer on what she's faced since then -- and the mantra I'll be reciting the next time I need some extra courage: "I have fought my way through harsh criticism and death threats for speaking my mind. I am alive, like the strong women in this room before me. I am a hot-blooded fighter and I am fearless."

5. Schumer being honest about how being confident isn't always easy. "I can be reduced to that lost college freshman so quickly sometimes, I want to quit. Not performing, but being a woman altogether."

6. Schumer on being a self-determined woman: "I am not laying in that freshman year bed anymore ever again. I am a woman with thoughts and questions and shit to say. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story — I will."

7. Schumer making it clear who she really is: "I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you, and I thank you."

I love it -- especially since this all comes from a sad story about Schumer when she was feeling her lowest. Isn't it amazing, that's often where our confidence comes from? Not from our victories, not when it's easy and everyone is giving us a pat on the back. Confidence comes from those moments when you want to be rescued, but instead of waiting for help to arrive you muster the strength to rescue yourself.

Have you ever had a moment like this, when you realized your self worth?


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