Top 44 Mika Brzezinski Quotes

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“I am a marathon worker and marathon mother. I’ll spend three or four days completely swallowed up by work. And if I make it home in time to say good night, I may have one good hour with the girls, maybe a brief family dinner or a family walk with the dog, and then it is back on the computer to prepare for tomorrow’s shows.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I realize that of all people, I am no expert on parenting or marriage.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I am up at 3:30, reading the op-ed pages and getting ready to be on the air by 6 A.M. on the set of ‘Morning Joe,’ and after three hours of TV and two hours on the radio, it is only 12 noon.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“For many women, going back to work a few months after having a baby is overwhelming and unmanageable. As strange as it may seem, things get even more difficult for a working mom after the second and third baby arrive. By that time, the romance of being a modern ‘superwoman’ wears off and reality sets in.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“A fundamental lesson on being fired: Never lie about it. People will know what you’re saying is a cover-up for how you really feel – embarrassed, discouraged, and afraid.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I suffered from a mild case of postpartum depression after my second child and the physical challenge of maintaining an overnight shift at CBS, a marriage, and two in diapers made the symptoms worse and everyone in the house paid the price.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I remember an interview so terrible with CNN’s Jon Klein, I nearly blurted out, ‘Forget it, I am a loser!’ But I didn’t need to say it. My face and posture did.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Finding a job is hard enough, but have you ever considered the odds and the challenges of finding a good man?”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I’ve worked with Ed Bradley, Dan Rather and lots of different local news anchors.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Women play into each other’s weaknesses.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“My parents found me very difficult to educate.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I’d been fired by CBS News in a semipublic way, and as the months went by, there was a perception that I was damaged goods.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Being unemployed has so many real and palpable ramifications but there are also psychological side effects which you can only understand if you’ve truly lived through it.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I was terrible at interviews, lost in my own loss of identity and struggling at home as a wife and mother. It was a household that preferred me working, which threw me off completely.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“After being let go from CBS and looking for a year for work, I will never catch myself complaining about being too busy.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I desperately miss my girls when I am working, and I often feel guilty, but also feel the journey I am on is for them too. When I am on my 16th hour of a day and can barely keep my eyes open, they drive me forward.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“The needs of babies and toddlers were constant and drained the life out my sense of self and my family’s relationship with each other.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“For me, having it all doesn’t mean having the corner office at work and a penthouse at home if there aren’t kids running around as I’m trying to cook my husband something special.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Women face enough pressures and challenges in a workplace that is still depressingly biased against a female’s success. Add to that, the fact that the very thing many women I know find most rewarding (having kids) is now frowned upon.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I am not afraid to say my relationship with my man is important, even vital, to who I am as a person.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I consider my girls the greatest gift from God in life. And I also love the career that I have built, lost and rebuilt. But the highs and lows of my career would not have been as exciting or manageable to me if I didn’t have children and a partner for life with whom to share it all.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“The odds are definitely better on getting the right job than getting a good partner for life. Someone who will grow with you. Someone to develop memories with. Someone who was there in the beginning. Someone who will be there at the end.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Don’t push away that chance if you’re one of the lucky ones who find that partner. And remember, you can always change a job. I hear it’s much harder to switch out a husband.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Don’t make your journey through life harder by placing rules on yourself like, ‘I can’t get married till I get promoted to your dream job.’”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I was fired at the pinnacle of my career, on my 39th birthday. And in the year that followed, I learned that there are many psychological phases of being ‘let go.’”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I try my best to be extremely disciplined about my diet.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I always start my day with a red-eye misto – two shots, extra hot, extra foam – from Starbucks.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I have mugs of hot water every morning because the studio is cold, and also because it makes my throat sound clearer.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I love tomatoes, and they’re so good for you.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I did something a lot of people will have to do in this economy if they want to eventually land their dream job. I turned down an offer to take a high-paying position in another field because it wouldn’t fulfill me.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“A bad boyfriend is someone you give everything to – you live with him, cook for him, sleep with him – thinking he is going to marry you and then he doesn’t. When you are giving your all to a job and not getting credit, your job is a bad boyfriend.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Despite my professional experience, the fifteen-hour workdays, and a successful new show that I had helped build, MSNBC was still refusing to pay me what I was worth.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“My salary situation at ‘Morning Joe’ wasn’t right. I made five attempts to fix it, then realized I’d made the same mistake every time: I apologised for asking.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I don’t want to impose rules on people, but you have only a short window, and you’re sorely mistaken if you think you can put off having a family. It’s very hard to find a good man, and it’s never a ‘good time’ to have a baby if you have a career.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“There’s always more money to be made.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“On ‘Morning Joe’ I can say what I think, be my sometimes unorthodox self, have fun, yet be serious as well.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“My family was always active, and our thing was family walks. Not walks around the block, but more like eight-mile hikes up mountains.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“In high school, my two older brothers ran track. They’d come home sweaty and mud-covered, and I could tell they enjoyed it. So I started running – I ran a mile down the road and back again – and I haven’t stopped since.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Often I feel like I can run forever. If someone told me I had to run for 10 hours, I probably could.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“These days, I am the most boring, methodical runner. I always do the same three- to five-mile loop near my home every evening. I hardly ever miss a day. On the weekends, I might go longer or add in weights.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“Everyday I find myself reminding women around me to know their value. I also have to remind myself.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“I think women have a hard time not apologizing their way into negotiations. We tend to back in to these conversations in a self-deprecating and ultimately self-defeating way.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“At almost forty years old, I assumed my career on camera was over. And I was certainly given that message by all the TV managers and news directors who passed on me when I was trying to get a job back in the business.”

― Mika Brzezinski

“We have to unclutter our brains from worries that maybe people don’t like us. Women tend to worry about popularity; it doesn’t matter if they like you. They need to respect you. They need to show that respect for you in your pay check. And that needs to be okay.”

― Mika Brzezinski
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