14 Forkin’ Good Kristen Bell Quotes That Everyone Should Know

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Whether you know her as sweet, naive Anna of Frozen, or from her ‘forking’ good performance as Eleanor Shellstrop, Kristen Bell has done it all (and isn’t stopping)!

Kristen Bell made her acting debut in 2001 on Broadway, but she quickly rose to TV show status with her television series, Veronica Mars. After receiving the Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, she went on to star in Heroes and become the iconic voiceover in 2021’s Gossip Girl.

In 2008, Kristen Bell made it on the big screen with movies like You Again, Bad Moms, and the Frozen franchise. Her most recent TV role was in The Good Place which earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Television Series. 

In the midst of all this fame, Bell also managed to meet and marry her husband, Dax Shephard (she proposed to him on Twitter), have two daughters, and become an activist for mental health. She also started a very cool company — Hello Bello

All in all, Kristen Bell has lived about 500 lifetimes in her 40 years. Her commitment to her family, mental health, and anyone around her who might need help can be seen through her actions and commitment to making the world around her a better place. 

So today, we wanted to share some of our favorite pearls of wisdom with our favorite Kristen Bell quotes over the years that have reshaped the way people think about mental health.


On Being a Mom

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“I stopped saying, ‘It’s OK,’ to anything in their lives. My older daughter gets embarrassed a lot, and I don’t say, ‘It’s OK. It’s OK.’ I simply sit next to her and I say, ‘Do you feel embarrassed?’ And she’ll say, ‘Yes.’ And I say, ‘I feel embarrassed, too, sometimes. Sometimes I trip and I feel embarrassed or I break a bowl and I feel embarrassed. I used to feel embarrassed a lot more as a kid, but as you become an adult, some of that stuff goes away.’ So, I allow them to have their feelings ― because I think saying, ‘It’s OK,’ all the time doesn’t do anyone any favors. It just makes them subconsciously think that they’re not supposed to be having those feelings.”

On Weight

“I didn’t lose my baby weight for over a year. And when I look down, even now, at the extra skin on my belly, it’s a reminder that I’ve done something spectacular. It’s a reminder that I’m a superhero. And I’m proud of it.”

“I had to surrender to not worrying about the way I looked, how much I weighed…I am not a woman whose self-worth comes from her dress size.”

On Comparison

“Don’t be fooled by this game of perfection that humans play because Instagram, and magazines, and TV shows…strive for a certain aesthetic and everything looks so beautiful and people seem like they don’t have any problems. But everyone’s human. Everyone has problems.”

On Taking Care of Yourself

“You have an obligation to take care of yourself from the inside out because that’s how you can truly feel beautiful.”

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“Be patient with yourself. Put on your gas mask first, because you’re useless to everyone else if you’re too stressed out. Know when to take a break.”

On Being Yourself

 “I’m not going to become anybody I don’t want to become.”

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“I think people who struggle to define themselves might never be satisfied because there is no definition. Living with responsibility is important, but I don’t really think you have to grow up.”

On Standing Up For Others

“I don’t think there’s anything immature about fighting for the underdog and fighting for people who don’t have a voice. I have an intense desire to protect people who can’t protect themselves.”

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“We’re all on team human here, and let’s be honest — it’s not an easy team to be on. It’s stressful and taxing and worrisome, but it’s also fulfilling and beautiful and bright.”

On Worry

“I refused to worry about something I could not change, and I still refuse.”

On Mental Health

“You do better in the gym with a trainer, you don’t figure out how to cook without reading a recipe. Therapy is not something to be embarrassed about.”

“There is such an extreme stigma about mental health issues, and I can’t make heads or tails of why it exists. Anxiety and depression are previous to accolades or achievements. Anyone can be affected, despite their level of success.”

“In the medical community, you would never deny a diabetic his insulin. But for some reason when someone needs a serotonin inhibitor, they’re immediately crazy.”

On Being Good

“Being good involves practice. If you choose it consistently, it starts to become second nature. I strive to promote happiness and alleviate suffering however I can. How we relate to one another is important.”


Do you love these Kristen Bell quotes as much as we do? (Hint: I doubt it, I’m framing some of these!) Which was your favorite? Who should we quote next? Comment below!

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