We've since filled the void with shows like Girls, hair accessories that aren't scrunchies and the aforementioned cocktails (not to mention two follow-up films). But we'll never forget the HBO rom-sitcom, which followed the ultimate N.Y.C. core-four – Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Samantha Jones (Kim Cattrall), Miranda Hobbes (Cynthia Nixon) and Charlotte York (Kristin Davis) – through a dizzying world of guys, 6-inch heels and perfectly phrased one-liners.
While we have mostly given up on Mr. Big slipping a pair of glass Manolo slippers onto our feet, we're still living the lessons we learned from the show's leading lady, Ms. Bradshaw. These words of wisdom hold true today ... even if her impossibly chic Upper East Side apartment is no longer rent-controlled.
Lesson No. 1: Let it go
"You and I are so over, we need a new word for it." tweet it
Lesson No. 2: Treat yourself – you deserve it
"I like my money where I can see it – hanging in my closet." tweet it
Lesson No. 3: Wait for the person who loves you for you
"Somewhere out there is another little freak who will love us and understand us and kiss our three heads and make it all better." tweet it
Lesson No. 4: Nobody – not even Kate Middleton – is perfect
"I will never be the woman with the perfect hair, who can wear white and not spill on it." tweet it
Lesson No. 5: It's not what you're doing; it's whom you're doing it with
"I've done the merry-go-round. I've been through the revolving door, I feel like I met somebody I can stand still with for a minute and ... Don't you wanna stand still with me?" tweet it
Lesson No. 6: Don't be afraid to try something – or someone – new
"He's not my boyfriend. He's just somebody I'm trying on." tweet it
Lesson No. 7: Who said love was a simple concept?
"I'm looking for love. Real love. Ridiculous, inconvenient, consuming, can't-live-without-each-other love." tweet it
Lesson No. 8: Ladies first, always
"They say nothing lasts forever; dreams change, trends come and go, but friendships never go out of style." tweet it
Lesson No. 9: Did we mention that you need to always go on with your bad self?
"Maybe some women aren't meant to be tamed. Maybe they need to run free until they find someone just as wild to run with." tweet it
Lesson No. 10: Looking back is so not worth your time
"Maybe you have to let go of who you were to become who you will be." tweet it
Lesson No. 11: You matter, okay? You really, really do
"The most exciting, challenging and significant relationship of all is the one you have with yourself. And if you find someone to love the you that you love, well, that's just fabulous." tweet it