107 Ellen DeGeneres Quotes from the Famous American Comedian

Ellen DeGeneres, a celebrated American comedian, was born in Metairie, Louisiana, to Betty and Elliott DeGeneres.

After a string of different jobs, Ellen discovered her love for stand-up comedy and worked her way to prominence, gaining national recognition in the 1980s.

Despite early unsuccessful attempts at TV series she struck gold with her sitcom “Ellen,” where she courageously revealed her sexual orientation, making history in television.


Despite initial setbacks following the show’s cancellation, DeGeneres rebounded in 2003 with the highly successful “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” becoming the first talk show to win the Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show in its initial three seasons.

Not just a comedian and talk show host, Ellen has also hosted major events, including the Grammy Awards and the Oscars, confirming her status as a significant figure in the entertainment industry.

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Her journey showcases her versatility, resilience and trailblazing impact on the television landscape.

I have compiled the best quotes from Ellen DeGeneres for you.

Best Ellen DeGeneres Quotes


My life is perfect even when it’s not. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


One rough patch is not the big picture. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


Accept who you are unless you’re a serial killer. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


I work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I’m a lesbian, an Aquarian, and a vegetarian. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I would rather be the good aunt who never says anything bad and lets the parents discipline the child. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


If someone ever says you’re weird, say thank you. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Nothing says holidays like a cheese log. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


I have a rule: If the temperature is less than my age, I don’t get out of bed. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Be true to yourself and everything will be fine. ~ 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.

I know that experts say you’re more likely to get hurt crossing the street than you are flying, but that doesn’t make me any less frightened of flying. If anything, it makes me more afraid of crossing the street. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

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


Procrastination is not the problem. It is the solution. Procrastinate now, don’t put it off. ~ 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.

Famous Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

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.

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.

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.

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

What would bug the Taliban more than seeing a gay woman in a suit surrounded by Jews? ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Sometimes something being taken away from you is exactly what you need to take a look at yourself. ~ 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.


It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

We focus so much on our differences, and that is creating, I think, a lot of chaos and negativity and bullying in the world. And I think if everybody focused on what we all have in common – which is – we all want to be happy. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

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.

Top Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

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.

My point is life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The piña and the colada. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


Beauty isn’t between a size zero and a size eight, it is not a number at all. It is not physical. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I’ve moved about 10 times over the past 15 years. I don’t move for the sole purpose of getting rid of stuff. I’m not crazy. I also move so that I never have to wash any windows. ~ 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.

Above all, I strive to be the best I can – to be better than I was yesterday and better tomorrow. ~ 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.

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.


Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I’m not an activist; I don’t look for controversy. I’m not a political person, but I’m a person with compassion. I care passionately about equal rights. I care about human rights. I care about animal rights. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

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

Beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I learned compassion from being discriminated against. Everything bad that’s ever happened to me has taught me compassion. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

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

If you want to get rid of stuff, you can always do a good spring-cleaning. Or you can do what I do. Move. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.


When your heart is broken, when your heart has cracks in it, it lets the light in. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I never see the glass half empty because I drink out the bottle. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I don’t think I remember my first memory. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

You know what I need? I need a tortilla chip that can support the weight of guacamole. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Find out who you are and be that person. That’s what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost. ~ 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.

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

Great Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

Emote. It’s okay. It shows you are thinking and feeling. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

What did the letter O say to Q? Dude, your dikk is hanging out. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

It always helps to think about other people instead of ourselves. ~ 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.

I’m probably the most honest person you’ll ever meet – to a fault, like, I-will-hurt-your-feelings honest. I’m sure if I lied about anything, it would have been silly, but I haven’t retained that information. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

There are people who study germs. I believe they are called Germans. ~ 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.

We’re just trying to find happiness in the bodies and minds we were given, like everyone else. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Just keep swimming. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I would love for the world to be happier. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

So many people prefer to live in drama because it’s comfortable. It’s like someone staying in a bad marriage or relationship – it’s actually easier to stay because they know what to expect every day, versus leaving and not knowing what to expect. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Haters are my motivators. ~ 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.

I had a really tough time for a few years. My show was gone. My phone wasn’t ringing. There wasn’t one job offer. And at that point, I thought I knew for sure that I wouldn’t work in Hollywood again. ~ 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.

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.

Humorous Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

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.

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

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

You’re gonna be ok, dum de dum dum dum, just dance. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

The world is full of a lot of fear and a lot of negativity, and a lot of judgment. I just think people need to start shifting into joy and happiness. As corny as it sounds, we need to make a shift. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

It’s failure that gives you the proper perspective on success. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

People always ask me, ‘Were you funny as a child?’ Well, no, I was an accountant. ~ 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.

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.

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.

Powerful Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

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.

I like to try new things because I get bored so easily. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

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.

This is my real secret to being a joyful person: I make my life easy. I spend more time being grateful for what I have instead of focusing on what isn’t working. I no longer believe that people have to do things my way and that I have to be perfect. ~ 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.

There’s no one way to dance. And that’s kind of my philosophy about everything. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

There’s nothing I know for sure, because I know for sure that things change. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

If success is really dependent on someone liking you or not liking you, and you have to teeter on that kind of tightrope of how you’re supposed to act and how you’re supposed to look and who you are, it’s just not a healthy way to live. ~ 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.

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the hell she is. ~ 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.

I don’t want to take a pill. Go to Africa, go follow some bushman around. He’s being chased by a lion. That’s stress. You’re not going to find a pygmy on Paxil, I’ll tell you that right now. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Funny Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

You’re never too old to play. You’re only too old for low-rise jeans. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I don’t know who had the bright idea of teaching pneumonia how to walk, but I’d like to find that dunderhead before he decides he wants to teach it how to drive. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I hate having to do small talk. I’d rather talk about deep subjects. I’d rather talk about meditation, or the world, or the trees or animals, than small, inane, you know, banter. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I became vegan because I saw footage of what really goes on in the slaughterhouses and on the dairy farms. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

If we lose our phones, we lose our phone books. You don’t memorize numbers anymore. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I just like observing people – it’s something I’ve done ever since I was a kid, and I got really good at it. That’s a big part of why I became a comedian. My audience is filled with every kind of person you can imagine, and I love that. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

I used to beat myself up about weight and working out, and no matter what I did I never felt good about myself. I decided to accept myself and know that I am good. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Sometimes the greatest things are the most embarrassing. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

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.

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.


I like my coffee like I like my men. I don’t drink coffee. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

It was so important for me to lose everything, because I found out what the most important thing is, which is to be true to yourself. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

Haiku sounds like I’m Saying hi to someone named Ku. Hi, Ku. Hello. ~ Ellen DeGeneres.

So these were the 107 top Ellen DeGeneres quotes and sayings on courage, kindness and success.

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