43 Motivational Sarah Cooper Quotes on Life

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

Birth: 1977, Jamaica

Short Biography

Sarah Cooper is an American speaker, comedian and writer based in New York. She has also written three worldwide best-selling books:

Early Life

Sarah Cooper was born in Jamaica in 1977. Her family moved to Rockville, Maryland, in 1980. Her father worked as an electrical engineer for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority in nearby Washington and her mother in the human resources department of a consulting company.

Sarah Cooper was already interested in show business as a teenager and originally intended to study theater. However, following the wishes of her parents, she first pursued a degree outside the show business and earned degrees in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and in Digital Design from the Georgia Institute of Technology.


Sarah Cooper began performing stand-up comedy in Atlanta, and later accepted an offer to work as a user experience designer for Google Docs, Sheets and Slides. While there, she continued to write and perform stand-up and met her now-husband, Jeff Palm, who was an engineer on Google Docs.

In 2014, she wrote a blog post called "10 Tricks to Appear Smart in Meetings" that went viral with five million views. Later that year, she left Google to pursue writing and comedy full time.

In June 2020, Sarah Cooper signed with William Morris Endeavor and is currently adapting her comedic efforts for film and television.

She is also working on her next book title, a humorous semi-autobiographical take on Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People.

Quotes by Sarah Cooper

“If a male coworker steals your idea in a meeting, thank him for it. Give him kudos for how he explained your idea so clearly. And let’s face it, no one might’ve ever heard it if he hadn’t repeated it.” /Sarah Cooper
“When you hear a sexist comment, the awkward laugh is key. Practice your awkward laugh at home, with your friends and family, and in the mirror. Make sure you sound truly delighted even as your soul is dying inside.” /Sarah Cooper
“Men love explaining things. But when he’s explaining something and you already know that, it might be tempting to say “I already know that.” Instead, have him explain it to you over and over again. It will make him feel useful and will give you some time to think about out how to avoid him in the future.” /Sarah Cooper
“Pointing out a mistake is always risky so it’s important to always apologize for noticing the mistake and then make sure that no one thinks you’re too sure about it. People will appreciate your “hey what do I  know?!” sensibilities.” /Sarah Cooper

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