The Best Ellen Degenerous quotes

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What can you learn from the story of a woman who started with nothing and became one of the most successful businesswomen in the world? That’s what we’ll be exploring in this post, as we take a look at the life of Ellen DeGeneres. You may know her as a TV personality, but she’s also a successful entrepreneur who has built an empire worth millions. So, how did she do it? And what can you learn from her best quotes? We’ll answer those questions and more below.

Discover the most interesting Beauty, Happiness, Love, Feelings, Time, Life, World, Wearing quotes from Ellen Degenerous, and much more.


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About Ellen Degenerous

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January 26, 1958

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Stand-Up, Television, Film, Books

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Alma Mater:
University Of New Orleans

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Observational Comedy, Satire, Surreal Humor, Anti-Humor, Deadpan And More.


My life is perfect even when it’s not. — 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

There are a lot of self–righteous people out there. And if you try to adjust your life to please them…you’re just going to go crazy and risk being as unhappy as these self–righteous kooks are. — Ellen Degeneres

If you’re in a position where you can help other people, there is nothing better in life than helping other people. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody! — Ellen Degeneres

But seriously, I think overall in the scheme of things winning an Emmy is not important. Let’s get our priorities straight. I think we all know what’s really important in life–winning an Oscar. — Ellen Degeneres

I don’t really ever live my life in fear. I really live my life in gratitude and feeling positive for the most part. — Ellen Degeneres

Penguins mate for life. Which doesn’t really surprise me, because they all look exactly alike. It’s not like they’re gonna meet a better–looking penguin someday. — Ellen Degeneres

When life gives you lemons….they could really be oranges. — Ellen Degeneres

Life is short. If you doubt me, ask a butterfly. Their average life span is a mere five to fourteen days. — Ellen Degeneres

The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and to not give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not. — Ellen Degeneres


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Gratitude is looking on the brighter side of life, even if it means hurting your eyes. — Ellen Degeneres

I do have ADD and in real life, I’m all over the place and can hardly focus. If we were talking for, for more than an hour or so, I’d start drifting off… I can’t sit still too long. — Ellen Degeneres

We should be grateful for them because without our family–the ancestors we descend from, the cousins we see once a year, the loves our lives we see every day–life is pretty boring. — 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

It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive. — Ellen Degeneres


It’s nice when people love you….for you. — Ellen Degeneres

I would love for the world to be happier. — Ellen Degeneres

I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. — Ellen Degeneres

You know that song that asks, ‘Why do fools fall in love?’? I think the obvious answer is because they’re fools. — Ellen Degeneres

I would love to have the same rights as everybody else. I would love, I don’t care if it’s called marriage. I don’t care if it’s called, you know, domestic partnership. I don’t care what it’s called. — Ellen Degeneres

People love gossip. It’s the biggest thing that keeps the entertainment industry going. — Ellen Degeneres

When we were growing up our parents somehow made it clear that being famous was good. And I mistakenly thought that if I was famous then everyone would love me. — Ellen Degeneres

Do we have to know who’s gay and who’s straight? Can’t we just love everybody and judge them by the car they drive? — Ellen Degeneres

Please raise your children with love and non–judgement. Tell them everyone has the right to love who they want to love. It shouldn’t threaten you or who you are. — Ellen Degeneres

It is a fundamental right for people to be allowed to love who they want to love and marry who they want to marry and stop holding on to some form of discrimination that it’s just isn’t fair. — Ellen Degeneres

I get to do stand–up every single day. I love that live energy exchange between the audience and myself, and to get to say the things I want to say and comment on. — Ellen Degeneres

For someone like me, who loves to sweat and push herself, it’s a challenge to slow down, to sit, to breathe and hold poses. — Ellen Degeneres


To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. — Ellen Degeneres

I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me. — Ellen Degeneres

We put the wrong emphasis on what beauty is and what health is. Health is being vibrant and having energy and being happy. — Ellen Degeneres

True beauty is about who you are as a human being, your principles, your moral compass. — Ellen Degeneres


I love clothes, so when I wear clothes, they’re usually somebody’s. You know, I’m not wearing Kmart. — Ellen Degeneres

What goes up must come down, which is why I don’t wear tube tops. — 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

Usually, I wear tennis shoes because my feet are flat, and it hurts to wear anything other than shoes that are cushiony. — Ellen Degeneres


I won’t have a hard time being brutally honest. But I won’t be mean. You don’t have to be mean to be honest. — Ellen Degeneres

When there’s time for whistling, there’s a lot of time on a show. — Ellen Degeneres

I like being busy and juggling a lot of things at the same time. I get bored easily, so I need to do a lot. — Ellen Degeneres

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

I had done a sitcom and a movie and hosted the Emmys, and all of a sudden, I lost everything. As someone put it at the time, I was suddenly like a Ferrari in neutral. — Ellen Degeneres

I didn’t go to college at all, any college, and I’m not saying you wasted your time or money, but look at me, I’m a huge celebrity. — Ellen Degeneres

Normally, I try not to pay attention to my haters, but this time I’d like to talk about it, because my haters are my motivators. — Ellen Degeneres

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I still have the shirt I wore my first time on Johnny Carson’s show. Only now I use it as a tablecloth at dinner parties. It was very blousy. — Ellen Degeneres

I always worry when someone’s a good golfer. It’s like you shouldn’t have time to be good at anything. You should just be a politician and you shouldn’t have time to practice golf. — Ellen Degeneres

We all feel like idiots at one time or another. Even if we feel we’re cool 98 percent of the time, that 2–percent doofus is poised to take over our bodies without any warning. — Ellen Degeneres

There would be nothing to get me to run for president. I don’t even understand how anyone would want that job at all. Although I would be able to play golf which I don’t seem to have time now. — Ellen Degeneres

It’s just, you can get very complacent if you do the same thing all the time and especially the comedian, it gives me you know different things to react to and respond to, and it stimulates me. — Ellen Degeneres

So excited for the Apple Watch. For centuries, we’ve checked the time by looking at our phones. Having it on your wrist? Genius. — Ellen Degeneres

There’s always time to do things that you’re passionate about. … If my name helps get something out there that I believe in then I am going to produce it. … Design is really my true love. — Ellen Degeneres

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions: Yes. Yes. No. One time in high school. Three times in my twenties. Rocks no salt. Yes. Four. Never. And how dare you! I will take no further questions. — Ellen Degeneres

One time I actually cleaned out my closet so good I ended up on the cover of Time magazine. — Ellen Degeneres

People give me such a hard time because I don’t wear dresses. What’s that got to do with anything? — Ellen Degeneres

There is something about TM. It is the only time I have that stillness… It gives me this peaceful feeling–I just love it so much. — Ellen Degeneres

What you look like on the outside is not what makes you cool at all. I mean, I had a mullet and wore parachute pants for a long, long time, and I’m doin’ okay. — Ellen Degeneres

Have you seen the deer heads on the walls of bars, the ones wearing party hats, sunglasses and streamers? I feel sorry for them because obviously they were at a party having a good time. — Ellen Degeneres


I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happy with buns of cinnamon. — Ellen Degeneres

The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy for yourself and yourself. — Ellen Degeneres

I’m glad I’m funny. I’m glad I make people happy, because that’s very important. But I’m proud to be known as a kind person. — Ellen Degeneres

That woman in the shampoo commercial–she’s happy. She’s… she’s too happy. — Ellen Degeneres

Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system. — Ellen Degeneres

The first person I learned I could make happy with laughter was my mother, whom I idolize. It was a powerful thing to realize. I knew I had found my life’s work. — Ellen Degeneres

Really, he called me that? Ellen DeGenerate? I’ve been getting that since fourth grade. I guess I’m happy I could give him work. — Ellen Degeneres


I’ve got a lot to say about television. There’s a lot going on in television right now and I feel like a huge part of television. — Ellen Degeneres

All we have is here and now. That’s why procrastination feels so right. Procrastination isn’t the problem, it’s the solution. — Ellen Degeneres

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

I feel like I have a hangover, without all the happy memories and mystery bruises. — Ellen Degeneres

It feels good. Kinda like when you have to shut your computer down, just sometimes when it goes crazy, you just shut it down and when you turn it on, it’s okay again. That’s what meditation is to me. — Ellen Degeneres

When people show me clothing that seems very, very feminine, it’s hard for me to embrace that, because it just doesn’t feel like me. — Ellen Degeneres

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

Did you ever feel like the whole world was going to a party and your invitation got lost in the mail? — Ellen Degeneres

I’m a comedian, and I definitely see the humor in a lot of things. I am also sad a lot. I cry often and easily. I think you’re supposed to feel all kinds of things. — Ellen Degeneres

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


I’m going to be kind, because then it all just kind of spreads, and the world is a little nicer out there. — Ellen Degeneres

Knowledge is power and you need power in this world. You need as many advantages as you can get. — Ellen Degeneres

Something big happened over the weekend. Something that affects everybody, all over the world. George Clooney got married. — Ellen Degeneres

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

Most people don’t get to laugh, be free, dance, be surrounded by this energy. It’s important to remind people to take that home. I want the world to start shifting [to] a more positive energy. — Ellen Degeneres


Ellen DeGeneres is a powerful example of somebody who uses their voice for good. She has spoken out about many important issues, and her words have helped to change the way people think. We hope these quotes from Ellen will inspire you to use your own voice in whatever way feels right for you. Check our courses section to find out more about how we can help you start speaking up and making a difference in the world.

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