100 Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Kindness, Courage, Life

These Ellen DeGeneres quotes about kindness and courage will put a smile on your face as well as make you think at the same time.

Ellen DeGeneres was born on January 26, 1958, is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, singer, and LGBT activist. She starred in a hit sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998. As of 2003, she has hosted her own talk show, Ellen DeGeneres: The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Ellen DeGeneres was once a struggling comedian. Her stand-up career started in the early 1980s and included a 1986 appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Ellen Degeneres Quotes About Life

Her comedy albums and HBO specials were all huge hits, and she parlayed that success into a starring role on the popular sitcom Ellen. The show was named after her character, Ellen Morgan, who came out as a lesbian.

She made television history when during the fourth season of Ellen in April 1997, she came out as a lesbian. Then the series went on to explore different LGBT issues.

Ellen DeGeneres married her longtime girlfriend Portia de Rossi in 2008.

DeGeneres starred in many films as an actress including Mr. Wrong (1996), EDtv (1999), and The Love Letter (1999). She has also provided the voice of Dory for the animation movie Finding Nemo (2003). DeGeneres received the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for Nemo which made her the first actress to win a Saturn Award for a voice performance.

She has hosted many awards shows including Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and the Primetime Emmys. DeGeneres also served as a judge of American Idol in 2010.

Being the author of four books, the owner of a record, production company, and a lifestyle brand which comprises a collection of apparel, accessories, home, baby, and pet items, DeGeneres has won several awards for her popular talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show including 30 Emmys, 20 People’s Choice Awards and many other awards for charitable works. She also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

For her work for television, in 2020 DeGeneres accepts the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globes becoming the first recipient after its inaugural namesake Carol Burnett.

Here we are sharing a collection of ellen DeGeneres funny and inspirational quotes about life, kindness, and courage for you to get inspired and find the meaning of your life.

Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

“Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. ”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The pina and the colada.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Haters are my motivators”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“If we don’t want to define ourselves by things as superficial as our appearances, we’re stuck with the revolting alternative of being judged by our actions.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“I think they should have a Barbie with a buzz cut.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Emote. It’s okay. It shows you are thinking and feeling.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I cannot believe they haven’t yet come up with a better screening process than the mammogram. If a man had to put his special parts inside a clamp to test him for anything, I think they would come up with a new plan before the doctor finished saying, “Put that thing there so I can crush it.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I prefer to believe that people are good and honest and respect me enough to tell me the truth. It’s not easy to find those people all the time, but they’re out there.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres Inspirational Quotes

“Be kind to one another. Bye, bye.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“When I look back on the stuff I used to wear, I wonder why somebody didn’t try to stop me. Just a friendly warning, “You may regret this,” would have been fine.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“It’s funny how cucumber water can taste so much better than pickle juice, even though they come from the same source.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Why is it that when you wipe up dust it’s called dusting but when you wipe up a spill it’s not called spilling? Just something to think about.”
― Ellen Degeneres

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Laugh. Laugh as much as you can. Laugh until you cry. Cry until you laugh. Keep doing it even if people are passing you on the street saying, “I can’t tell if that person is laughing or crying, but either way they seem crazy, let’s walk faster.” Emote. It’s okay. It shows you are thinking and feeling.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“You know, it’s hard work to write a book. I can’t tell you how many times I really get going on an idea, then my quill breaks. Or I spill ink all over my writing tunic.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“If you want to test cosmetics, why do it on some poor animal who hasn’t done anything? They should use prisoners who have been convicted of murder or rape instead. So, rather than seeing if perfume irritates a bunny rabbit’s eyes, they should throw it in Charles Manson’s eyes and ask him if it hurts.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, My Point… And I Do Have One

“Procrastinate now, don’t put it off.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres Motivational Quotes

“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren’t any space aliens. We can’t be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we’re not all there is. If so, we’re in big trouble.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Have you ever heard somebody sing some lyrics that you’ve never sung before, and you realize you’ve never sung the right words in that song? You hear them and all of a sudden you say to yourself, ‘Life in the Fast Lane?’ That’s what they’re saying right there? You think, ‘why have I been singing ‘wipe in the vaseline?’ how many people have heard me sing ‘wipe in the vaseline?’ I am an idiot.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, My Point… And I Do Have One

“Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“In the beginning there was nothing. God said, ‘Let there be light!’ And there was light. There was still nothing, but you could see it a whole lot better. ”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Follow your passion. Stay true to yourself. Never follow someone else’s path unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. By all means, you should follow that.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’ Well, no, I was an accountant. ”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Stuffed deer heads on walls are bad enough, but it’s worse when you see them wearing dark glasses, having streamers around their necks and a hat on their antlers. Because then you know they were enjoying themselves at a party when they were shot.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Our attention span is shot. We’ve all got Attention Deficit Disorder or ADD or OCD or one of these disorders with three letters because we don’t have the time or patience to pronounce the entire disorder. That should be a disorder right there, TBD – Too Busy Disorder.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres Funny Quotes

“You should never assume. You know what happens when you assume. You make an ass out of you and me because that’s how it’s spelled.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“I’m a godmother, that’s a great thing to be, a godmother. She calls me god for short, that’s cute, I taught her that.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“I don’t need a baby growing inside me for nine months. If I’m going to feel nauseous and achy when I wake up, I want to achieve that state the old-fashioned way: getting good and drunk the night before.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I’m so unfamiliar with the gym, I call it James!”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“I personally like being unique. I like being my own person with my own style and my own opinions and my own toothbrush.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Start thinking positively. You will notice a difference. Instead of ‘I think I’m a loser,’ try ‘I definitely am a loser.’ Stop being wishy-washy about things! How much more of a loser can you be if you don’t even know you are one? Either you are a loser or you are not. Which is it, stupid?”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“The word “yoga” literally means “uniting”, because when you’re doing it you are uniting your mind and your body. You can tell this almost immediately because your mind will be thinking, “Ouch, that hurts,” and your body will say, “I know.” And your mind will think, “You have to get out of this position.” And your body will say, “I agree with you, but I can’t right now. I think I’m stuck.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I hope I make people feel better. I hope I take people out of their situations a little bit and make them happier. That’s really why I do what I do.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“True beauty is not related to what color your hair is or what color your eyes are. True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres Kindness Quotes

“Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for – in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Take a nap in a fireplace and you’ll sleep like a log.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Leaning forward in your chair when someone is trying to squeeze behind you isn’t enough. You also have to move the chair.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Our flaws are what makes us human. If we can accept them as part of who we are, they really don’t even have to be an issue.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Who’s to say what’s better or worse anyway? Who’s to even say what’s normal or average? We’re all different people and we’re allowed to be different from on another. If someone ever says you’re weird, say thank you. And then curtsy. No, don’t curtsy. That might be too weird. Bow. And tip your imaginary hate. That’ll show them.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“One time I actually cleaned out my closet so good I ended up on the cover of Time magazine.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“My life is perfect even when it’s not.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“So be who you really are. Embrace who you are. Literally. Hug yourself. Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Courage

“When life gives you lemons….they could really be oranges.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Quick decision makers are often stuck behind annoying people in line at Starbucks.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I enjoy growing older and wiser and learning from my mistakes every single day.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Here are the values that I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“It must be around forty, when you’re “over the hill.” I don’t even know what that means and why it’s a bad thing. When I go hiking and I get over the hill, that means I’m past the hard part and there’s a snack in my future. That’s a good thing as far as I’m concerned.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Some people believe that to find happiness, you should live each day of your life as if it’s your last because that way you will appreciate every single moment you have. Other people believe that you should live each day as if it’s your first because then every day can be the beginning of a new journey.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I was raised around heterosexuals, as all heterosexuals are, that’s where us gay people come from… you heterosexuals.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Do you feel insecure because you keep getting the nagging feeling that you’re not that smart? Well, I’ve got good news for you, my friend. You have no need to be insecure. That nagging feeling is absolutely right on target. You are not that smart. But I have more good news for you. You are also not alone.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“You’re never too old to play. You’re only too old for low-rise jeans.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Love

“I still get scared at night. Every tiny creak, every little noise, I open my eyes real wide and listen with them. Have you noticed that? When it’s dark and you can’t see a thing, you open your eyes really wide and glance back and force, like your eyes become your ears?”
― Ellen DeGeneres, My Point… And I Do Have One

“I think there’s too much mult-tasking going on. I think people need to quiet down and focus and be still more.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Do you live each day as if it’s your first or your last? Either way you should probably have a diaper on.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you”
― Ellen Degeneres

“That’s what life is all about. There’s a lot of crying. So you’d better cry now and get used to it.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, My Point… And I Do Have One

“Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I am saddened by how people treat one another and how we are so shut off from one another and how we judge one another, when the truth is, we are all one connected thing. We are all from the same exact molecules.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“I like to stretch my mind by reading and writing and watching educational TV shows like The Bachelor to learn the complex mating rituals of heterosexuals.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“So let that be a lesson, kids who get an F in math. Ellen says you’re doing the right thing. You’re welcome, parents.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres One Liners

“I get those fleeting, beautiful moments of inner peace and stillness – and then the other 23 hours and 45 minutes of the day, I’m a human trying to make it through in this world.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“There are all sorts of books offering advice on how to deal with life-threatening situations, but where’s the advice on dealing with embarrassing ones?”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“When you take risks you learn that there will be times when you succeed and there will be times when you fail, and both are equally important. It’s hard to understand failure when you’re going through it, but in the grand scheme of things it’s good to fall down—not because you’re drunk and not near stairs.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“People have become so accustomed to texting that they’re actually startled when the phone rings. It’s like we suddenly all have Bat-phones. If it rings, there must be danger.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“If someone ever says you’re weird, say thank you. And then curtsy. No, don’t curtsy. That might be too weird. Bow. And tip your imaginary hat. That’ll show them.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“No one is perfect, except for Penélope Cruz.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“The world is filled with negativity. I want people to watch me and think, “I feel good, and I’m going to make somebody else feel good today.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Enjoy your life. God gave us our bodies as a gift. (Granted, to some of us it’s kind of a gag gift, but that’s okay too.) Wear what you want, love who you want, and have fun.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, The Funny Thing Is…

“If we lived each day as our last, I bet we’d all be a lot more honest with people, because we wouldn’t have to care what people think anymore.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Life

“What you look like on the outside is not what makes you cool… I mean, I had a mullet and I wore parachute pants for a long, long time. And I’m doing ok”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“You never know what funny can do.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“It always helps to think about other people instead of just ourselves.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Though you feel you’re not where you’re suppose to be, you shouldn’t worry because that next turn that you take, it will lead you to where you wanna go.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy for yourself and yourself.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Now,I’m no scientist,but I know what endorphins are. They’re tiny little magical elves that swim through your blood stream and tell funny jokes to each other. When they reach your brain,you hear what they’re saying and that boosts your health and happiness. “Knock Knock… Who’s There?.. Little endorphin… Little endorphin who?… Little Endorphin Annie.” And then the endorphins laugh and then you laugh. See? Its Science.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Contribute to the world. Help people. Help one person. Help someone cross the street today. Help someone with directions unless you have a terrible sense of direction. Help someone who is trying to help you. Just help. Make an impact. Show someone you care. Say yes instead of no. Say something nice. Smile. Make eye contact. Hug. Kiss. Get naked.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“The problem with labels is that they lead to stereotypes and stereotypes lead to generalizations and generalizations lead to assumptions and assumptions lead back to stereotypes. It’s a vicious cycle, and after you go around and around a bunch of times you end up believing that all vegans only eat cabbage and all gay people love musicals.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Haiku sounds like I’m
Saying hi to someone named
Ku. Hi, Ku. Hello.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

Ellen DeGeneres Quotes About Leadership

“Baloney is just salami with an inferiority complex.”
― Ellen Degeneres

“If someone ever says you’re weird, say thank you.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I was raised very, very strictly with Christian Science. I didn’t have a shot or an aspirin or anything until I was 13 years old. We had to go to church, do testimonies every Wednesday night. I think all religion is based on what happens after this life. You live a certain way so that when you die, things can be good. But why can’t things be good now? Why can’t you understand that you’re in heaven now? That’s how I live. I believe in God. I think that God is everywhere. Every morning I look outside, and I say, “Hi, God.” Because I think that the trees are God. I think that our whole experience is God.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“Find out who you are and figure out what you believe in. Even if it’s different from what your neighbors believe in and different from what your parents believe in. Stay true to yourself. Have your own opinion. Don’t worry about what people say about you or think about you. Let the naysayers nay. They will eventually grow tired of naying.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Things will get easier, people’s minds will change, and you should be alive to see it.”
― Ellen DeGeneres

“It always helps to think about other people instead of ourselves.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Above all things physical, it is more important to be beautiful on the inside – to have a big hear and an open mind and a spectacular spleen.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I’m just saying we can all work on our manners. We can say please and thank you. We can be punctual. We can just be nicer to one another. It’s something we have in our power to do. It reminds me of that Margaret Mead quote: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“I wonder what will happen if i put a hand cream on my feet, will they get confused and start clapping?”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Way, way back in the day, like in the 1990s, if you wanted to tell everyone you ate waffles for breakfast, you couldn’t just go on the Internet and tweet it out. There was only one way to do it. You had to go outside and scream at the top of your lungs, ‘I ate waffles for breakfast!’ That’s why so many people ended up in institutions. They seemed crazy, but when you think about it, they were just ahead of their time.”
― Ellen DeGeneres, Seriously… I’m Kidding

“Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. It is the universe’s way of saying stop, slow down, you move too fast. Listen to the music. Whoa whoa, listen to the music. Because music makes the people come together, it makes the bourgeois and the rebel. So come on people now, a smile on your brother, everybody try to love one another. Because what the world needs now is love, sweet love. And I know that love is a battlefield, but boogie on reggae woman because you’re gonna make it after all. So celebrate good times, come on. I’ve gotta stop I’ve gotta come to my senses, I’ve been out riding fences for so long… oops I did it again… um… What I’m trying to say is, if you leave tonight and you don’t remember anything else that I’ve said, leave here and remember this: Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. ”
― Ellen DeGeneres

Did you get inspired by Ellen DeGeneres quotes?

DeGeneres is one of the most popular and inspiring American television personalities of our time. It is easy to forget the amount of courage it took to make a decision back in 1997 to come out as a lesbian on television. Since then she has been a role model and an inspiration to countless people in the LGBT community who struggled to accept themselves for who they are.

You may not know but after her coming out, her show was canceled soon after, and DeGeneres was blacklisted by many casting agents. She was jobless for 3 years and suffered from depression.

DeGeneres went through the hard times and bounced back stronger and more successful than ever. She has played an important role in nudging America towards the path of wider acceptance of LGBTs. We hope these Ellen DeGeneres quotes will inspire you to accept and be yourself.

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