Quotes from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Mindy Kaling ·  222 pages

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“There is no sunrise so beautiful that it is worth waking me up to see it.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“One friend with whom you have a lot in common is better than three with whom you struggle to find things to talk about.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“You should know I disagree with a lot of traditional advice. For instance, they say the best revenge is living well. I say it’s acid in the face—who will love them now?”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Teenage girls, please don’t worry about being super popular in high school, or being the best actress in high school, or the best athlete. Not only do people not care about any of that the second you graduate, but when you get older, if you reference your successes in high school too much, it actually makes you look kind of pitiful, like some babbling old Tennessee Williams character with nothing else going on in her current life. What I’ve noticed is that almost no one who was a big star in high school is also big star later in life. For us overlooked kids, it’s so wonderfully fair.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I'm the kind of person who would rather get my hopes up really high and watch them get dashed to pieces than wisely keep my expectations at bay and hope they are exceeded. This quality has made me a needy and theatrical friend, but has given me a spectacularly dramatic emotional life.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“In my mind, the sexiest thing in the world is the feeling that you’re wanted.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I don’t think it should be socially acceptable for people to say they are “bad with names.” No one is bad with names. That is not a real thing. Not knowing people’s names isn’t a neurological condition; it’s a choice. You choose not to make learning people’s names a priority. It’s like saying, “Hey, a disclaimer about me: I’m rude.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“As my mom has said, when one person is unhappy, it usually means two people are unhappy but that one has not come to terms with it yet.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I’m only marginally qualified to be giving advice at all. My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Later, when you're grown up, you realize you never really get to hang out with your family. You pretty much have only eighteen years to spend with them full time, and that's it.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“We never needed best friend gear because I guess with real friends you don't have to make it official. It just is.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“If I’m at a party where I’m not enjoying myself, I will put some cookies in my jacket pocket and leave without saying good-bye.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I don't want to hear about the endless struggles to keep sex exciting, or the work it takes to plan a date night. I want to hear that you guys watch every episode of The Bachelorette together in secret shame, or that one got the other hooked on Breaking Bad and if either watches it without the other, they're dead meat. I want to see you guys high-five each other like teammates on a recreational softball team you both do for fun.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I think when men hear that women want a commitment, they think it means commitment to a romantic relationship, but that's not it. It's a commitment to not floating around anywhere. I want a guy who is entrenched in his own life.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“It makes me cry because it means that fewer and fewer people are believing it's cool to want what I want, which is to be married and have kids and love each other in a monogamous, long-lasting relationship.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Everyone has a moment when they discover they love Amy Poehler.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Nothing gives you confidence like being a member of a small, weirdly specific, hard-to-find demographic.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“There Has Ceased to Be a Difference Between My Awake Clothes and My Asleep Clothes”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“This book will take you two days to read. Did you even see the cover? It’s mostly pink. If you’re reading this book every night for months, something is not right.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Another old saying is that revenge is a dish best served cold. But it feels best served piping hot, straight out of the oven of outrage. My opinion? Take care of revenge right away.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“All women love Colin Firth: Mr. Darcy, Mark Darcy, George VI—at this point he could play the Craigslist Killer and people would be like, 'Oh my God, the Craigslist Killer has the most boyish smile!”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“If someone called me chubby, it would no longer be something that kept me up late at night. Being called fat is not like being called stupid or unfunny, which is the worst thing you could ever say to me. Do I envy Jennifer Hudson for being able to lose all that weight and look smokin’ hot? Of course, yes. Do I sometimes look at Gisele Bundchen and wonder how awesome life would be if I never had to wear Spanx? Duh, of course. That’s kind of the point of Gisele Bundchen. And maybe I will, once or twice, for a very short period of time. But on the list of things I want to do in my lifetime, that’s not near the top. I mean, it’s not near the bottom either. I’d say it’s right above “Learn to drive a vespa,” but several notches below “film a chase scene for a movie.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I just want ambitious teenagers to know it is totally fine to be quite, observant kids. Besides being a delight to your parents, you will find you have plenty of time later to catch up.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“The Internet also makes it extraordinarily difficult for me to focus. One small break to look up exactly how almond milk is made, and four hours later I'm reading about the Donner Party and texting all my friends: DID YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT THE DONNER PARTY AND HOW MESSED UP THAT WAS? TEXT ME BACK SO WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT!”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“In real life, shouldn't a wedding be an awesome party you throw with your great pal, in the presence of a bunch of your other friends? A great day, for sure, but not the beginning and certainly not the end of your friendship with a person you can't wait to talk about gardening with the for the next forty years.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“Writing, at its heart, is a solitary pursuit, designed to make people depressoids, drug addicts, misanthropes, and antisocial weirdos.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“The chorus of “Jack and Diane” is: Oh yeah, life goes on, long after the thrill of living is gone. Are you kidding me? The thrill of living was high school? Come on, Mr. Cougar Mellencamp. Get a life.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


“I do not think stress is a legitimate topic of conversation, in public anyway. No one ever wants to hear how stressed out anyone else is, because most of the time everyone is stressed out. Going on and on in detail about how stressed out I am isn’t conversation. It’ll never lead anywhere. No one is going to say, “Wow, Mindy, you really have it especially bad. I have heard some stories of stress, but this just takes the cake.”
― Mindy Kaling, quote from Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)


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Mindy Kaling
Born place: in Cambridge, MA, The United States
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