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’Tis The Season For A Samantha Jones Summer

SATC’s iconic free spirit has never been more relevant.

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“Samantha Jones was a New York inspiration. A public relations executive, she routinely slept with good-looking guys in their 20s.” This is how Carrie Bradshaw introduces Samantha Jones, Sex and the City’s most beloved character (and And Just Like That’s fatal missing piece).

No matter your ZIP code, Samantha’s sex-positive, take-no-sh*t, I-love-me-more attitude serves as an inspiration to unattached singles everywhere. Introducing the Samantha Jones Summer™, a time to take her horniest lessons (and warnings) to heart.

Throughout six seasons, two movies, and one 73-second AJLT phone call, Samantha has always been the same inimitable force providing tough love, dirty one-liners, and sexcapades.

Start thinking: WWSJD? (What would Samantha Jones do?)

But her best advice isn’t shallow or careless, no matter how dry her delivery may be. Rather, in her most memorable moments, Samantha uses wit to make deeper insights more palatable, like softening the bite of a tequila shot with a fruity chaser.

Often, the SATC characters overlook her words of wisdom. But if you’re on a quest for a scorching hot, unattached summer, start thinking: WWSJD? (What would Samantha Jones do?)

To get you started, these forever-iconic Samantha Jones quotes are worth revisiting.

“The right guy is an illusion... Start living your life.” (Season 1, Episode 1)

Samantha gives this zinger of a one-liner in Sex and the City’s pilot, setting the scene for her attitude throughout the series. Essentially, she’s encouraging her friends to stop waiting on the fallacy of Prince Charming. Instead, enjoy the present moment and all it has to offer: beach weekends, bonfires, outdoor concerts, and rooftop bars.

“I’m done with great love. I’m back to great lovers.” (Season 5, Episode 1)
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After Charlotte reads an article that claims women only get two great loves in their lifetime, the girls start discussing their past (and current) romantic choices. Samantha — always a realist — explains how she isn’t on the lookout for Earth-shaking love, just Earth-shaking orgasms.

You don’t need to have intriguing philosophical debates or sweet nothings... at least not over the next three months. Instead, let your hormones take the lead.

“F*ck me badly once, shame on you. F*ck me badly twice, shame on me.” (Season 6, Episode 2)
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Samantha unapologetically seeks out what she wants — and often, what she wants is great sex. In this quote, she puts a SATC twist on a classic saying about lessons learned. But in this scenario, she isn’t worried about being fooled, she’s worried about having a mediocre time in bed.

Take this as your sign to raise your standards this summer. Just because you’re single doesn’t mean you can’t want the best for yourself.

“Your relationship is my greatest fear realized.” (Season 3, Episode 7)
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Knowing what you do *not* want is just as important as knowing what you do. When Miranda tells Samantha that her “new favorite thing to do on a Saturday night is Steve’s laundry,” Samantha doesn’t hesitate to share how much she disagrees.

While Samantha could have delivered this message with a little more sensitivity, her point stands: Stay true to your wants — especially while you’re single and are not obligated to compromise your Saturday night plans for your partner.

“Yeah, I am harsh. I’m also demanding, stubborn, self-sufficient, and always right.” (Season 6, Episode 4)
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Knowing yourself is powerful. Are all of these attributes admirable all of the time? Definitely not. But being single gives you time to learn more about yourself and your quirks, good and bad.

Throughout Sex and the City, Samantha is constantly a beacon of self-confidence. She accepts herself fully — even her flaws. Think of this summer as an opportunity to do the same.

“Why don’t you go f*ck yourself? Because I won’t be doing it again... ever.” (Season 3, Episode 10)

Yes, your single summer can include as many casual hookups as your heart desires. (Please remember to stay safe, though!) That said, just because you aren’t looking for a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t have standards.

If you need to end things with a certain someone this summer, skip the friendly anti-ghost text and consider quoting this Samantha Jones moment instead. Truly, it doesn’t get more iconic (or cutting) than this.

“Go through life like I do: enjoying men but not expecting them to fill you up... except when, well, you know.” (Season 2, Episode 4)

No matter whom you date, it can be easy to put all of your emotional needs on that person. While you are single summer-ing, focus instead on finding other ways to fill your cup, whether that’s attempting a new hobby or joining a new gym.

If you want your relationship status to remain unchanged, look to have fun with your roster, rather than searching for a soulmate connection.

“Honey, that wasn’t love. That was sex.” (Season 3, Episode 17)
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Write! This! One! Down! After Samantha has sex with a man for his first time, she has to give him a reality check: Not every intimate encounter equals forever love.

As you navigate the (sometimes treacherous) waters of hot girl summer, keep this mantra in mind — for your sake and everyone else’s.

“She threw an ‘I don’t have a baby’ shower to let everyone know she was fabulous.” (Season 1, Episode 10)

Often, celebrated milestones seem reserved for couples: anniversaries, engagements, weddings, and yes, baby showers. Set aside a night this summer to change that.

Look to Samantha for inspiration on how to host a party solely to celebrate your current life. Think champagne, balloons, and plenty of self-love.

“What’s the point of being in the suburbs if you’re not gonna f*ck a gardener?” (Season 3, Episode 17)

One downside of living in a city? There aren’t many gardeners... because there aren’t many gardens. Samantha knows how to make the most of time outside of NYC — by embracing all the ’burbs have to offer.

Other options: dating the lifeguard at the beach, making out with the hot local farmer in the country (à la every Hallmark movie), or hooking up with the tour guide on your Euro trip.

“I will not be judged by you or society. I will wear whatever and blow whomever I want as long as I can breathe and kneel.” (Season 5, Episode 4)

One of Samantha’s best moments? When she defends herself against Carrie’s judgment. ICYMI, after Carrie walks in on Samantha going down on a delivery guy, the sex columnist is openly critical of Samantha’s decision, prompting this perfect comeback.

Keep this moment in mind as you date this summer. TLDR; don’t stress over other people’s opinions — as long as it’s consensual, feel empowered to do what you want with whomever you want.

“If the sex is good, who cares what anybody thinks?” (Season 1, Episode 6)

Again, Samantha has a way of distilling her friends’ dilemmas down to their simplest, most rational components. After Charlotte expresses concerns about dating someone, Samantha simplifies things in a perfectly succinct way.

The synopsis: You don’t necessarily need to see a future with every person you date. As long as you’re enjoying your time together, keep doing you.