144+ Best Ellen DeGeneres Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, show host, actress, and writer known for her quirky observational humour. Profoundly inspirational Ellen DeGeneres quotes will fire up your brain and inspire you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Ellen DeGeneres Quotes

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

Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. – 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

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

The definition of success changes. Success is to live your life with integrity and not give in to peer pressure to be something you’re not. 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, then by all means, you should follow that. – 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

Be kind to one another. Bye, bye. – Ellen DeGeneres

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

Accept who you are. Unless you’re a serial killer. – 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

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

If anybody could put themselves in that situation of feeling a giant loud voice saying you don’t deserve the same rights, you are different and you are not equal, it feels really bad. – Ellen DeGeneres

You can always tell when the relationship is over. Little things start getting on your nerves, ‘Would you please stop that! That breathing in and out, it’s so repetitious.’ – Ellen DeGeneres

Now we have hands-free phones, so you can focus on the thing you’re really supposed to be doing. Chances are, if you need both of your hands to do something, your brain should be in on it too. – 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

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

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

Right before I decided to come out, I went on a spiritual retreat called ‘Changing the Inner Dialogue of Your Subconscious Mind.’ I’d never been to anything like it before, and all my friends were taking bets on how long I’d last with no TV, no radio, no phone. But for me that was the beginning of paying attention to all the little things. – Ellen DeGeneres

It’s nice when people love you….for you. – Ellen DeGeneres

Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine – Ellen DeGeneres

I was doing stand-up at a restaurant and there was a chalkboard on the street out front. It said, Soup of the Day: Cream of Asparagus. Ellen DeGeneres. – Ellen DeGeneres

I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me. – 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 think they should have a Barbie with a buzz cut. – Ellen DeGeneres

Honestly, we’d probably be great parents. But it’s a human being, and unless you think you have excellent skills and have a drive or yearning in you to do that, the amount of work that that is and responsibility – I wouldn’t want to screw them up! We love our animals. – 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

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

What’s New Orleans without music? And what’s music without dancing? – Ellen DeGeneres

Being a teenager and figuring out who you are is hard enough without someone attacking you. – 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

If we’re destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there’s got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. 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

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

I personally chose to go vegan because I educated myself on factory farming and cruelty to animals, and I suddenly realized that what was on my plate were living things, with feelings. And I just couldn’t disconnect myself from it any longer. I read books like ‘Diet for a New America’ and saw documentaries like ‘Earthlings’ and ‘Meet your Meat,’ and it became an easy choice for me. – 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

Most comedy is based on getting a laugh at somebody else’s expense. And I find that that’s just a form of bullying in a major way. So I want to be an example that you can be funny and be kind, and make people laugh without hurting somebody else’s feelings. – Ellen DeGeneres

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

The song ‘If I Had a Hammer’ is geared toward people who don’t have a hammer. Maybe before I had a hammer, I thought I’d hammer in the morning and hammer in the evening. But once you get a hammer, you find you don’t really hammer as much as you thought you would. – Ellen DeGeneres

I’d like to be more patient! I just want everything now. I’ve tried to meditate, but it’s really hard for me to stay still. I’d like to try to force myself to do it, because everybody says how wonderful meditation is for you, but I can’t shut my mind up. So, patience and learning is the key. – Ellen DeGeneres

And now I’ve got to explain the smell that was in there before I went in there. Does that ever happen to you? It’s not your fault. You’ve held your breath, you just wanna get out, and now you open the door and you have to explain, ‘Oh! Listen, there’s an odor in there and I didn’t do it. It’s bad. – Ellen DeGeneres

It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive. – 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

Emote. It’s okay. It shows you are thinking and feeling. – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself. Happiness comes from within. You have the power to change your own mindset so that all the negative, horrible thoughts that try to invade your psyche are replaced with happy, positive, wonderful thoughts. – 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

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

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

When your heart is broken, when your heart has cracks in it, it lets the light in. – 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

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

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

Human beings only use ten percent of their brains. Ten percent! Can you imagine how much we could accomplish if we used the other sixty percent? – Ellen DeGeneres

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

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

Just go up to somebody on the street and say ‘You’re it!’ and then run away. – Ellen DeGeneres

I’m on the patch right now. Where it releases small dosages of approval until I no longer crave it, and then I’m gonna rip it off. – Ellen DeGeneres

I was coming home from kindergarten – well they told me it was kindergarten. I found out later I had been working in a factory for ten years. It’s good for a kid to know how to make gloves. – Ellen DeGeneres

Yeah I’m thirty-six, but on the show I’m thirty-two. Nobody wants to watch a thirty-six year old woman, so they decided to make me thirty-two. Much more appealing somehow. – Ellen DeGeneres

When I asked her what she missed the most right now she said, ‘My friends. I don’t know where my friends are,’ … Tonight, let’s show people on the Gulf Coast that they have friends all over the world . . . to give them shelter from the storm. – Ellen DeGeneres

My dog of 17 years just died. Oh you’re kidding?…Noooo…as funny as that is, I’m not – Ellen DeGeneres

My aunt has lost everything, she has nothing. She grabbed four pictures out of her house. She’s lost her entire life. – Ellen DeGeneres

New Orleans holds a special place in my heart, because it is where I grew up, – Ellen DeGeneres

I guess I don’t have to point this out, that it’s the second time I’ve hosted the Emmys after a national tragedy. And I just want to say that I’m honored because it’s times like this that we really need laughter, – Ellen DeGeneres

I didn’t want the Web site to be impersonal and I wanted to interact with people, … The hammer and chisel bit was not as easy as it looks. We broke 137 monitors trying to get that done. – Ellen DeGeneres

I loved doing the show every week, … This was an important chapter of my life and although I’m disappointed the show was canceled, I look forward to moving beyond the stereotype. Look for me in my new sitcom, ‘Two Girls, a Horse and Some Wine Coolers.’ – Ellen DeGeneres

I would say ‘no’! It’s such a thankless job. If you do great, nobody mentions it. If you don’t, everyone complains. It’s a lot of work. – Ellen DeGeneres

I think it’s sort of representative of a freedom that I have, and I know I have, and I think a lot of people don’t have that, – Ellen DeGeneres

I think I let go of the need for approval, – Ellen DeGeneres

just help the way you can. It doesn’t have to be money. It can be any way that you can. – Ellen DeGeneres

We’ll go see some theater, and we’ll hang out and do some stuff there. We’ll go to clubs, … Ellen DeGeneres Show. – Ellen DeGeneres

This Sunday you and I can go to open houses. – Ellen DeGeneres

We’re putting a face on something that a lot of people don’t understand, … And we want to give people some information before they make up their minds and judge us. – Ellen DeGeneres

We’d all love to have an Oscar. Boy, I’d like to host that show! – Ellen DeGeneres

Tonight let’s show people on the Gulf Coast that they have friends all over the world, friends who care, who understand and are there to give them shelter from the storm. – Ellen DeGeneres

Anne wrote it for me and directed, so I was stuck with it, … We always got along. It’s almost gross, I tell you, when I think of how well we get along. – 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

somebody who was glorious in their ability to be who they were and to tell the world. … It, to me, was my dream come true. – Ellen DeGeneres

This is the second time I’ve hosted the Emmys after a national tragedy, – Ellen DeGeneres

They’re a good duo. They should have a radio show. – Ellen DeGeneres

It’s not in the studio … That’s all I can say. It’s Ray Romano and Alicia Keys. It’s something we thought would be fun to do. – Ellen DeGeneres

It’s like picking your least favorite color of the rainbow – Ellen DeGeneres

It’s a movie about love, … That’s all it is. There are tons of straight love stories and this is … another movie about love. – Ellen DeGeneres

Oh, she tripped…. Nooo, she’s running. I thought she tripped but she’s running. She stopped running, she did trip. You tripped!!! – Ellen DeGeneres

Seriously, I think overall in the scheme of things, winning an Emmy is not important, – Ellen DeGeneres

I’m feeling so good. I feel like a million bucks. I’m focused, I’m alert, I’m zippy and top of my game… I’ve never felt better! I’m sharp as a tack right now. And what’s weird is that I didn’t get a good night sleep last night. And they say that’s the most important think. Or is it breakfast they said?. That’s the most important meal of the day, breakfast…yes. And then it’s ‘i’ before ‘e’ I know that..Um.. diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Dog is a man’s best friend… What was I talking about? OH that’s right, that I feel great and I’m at the top of my game. And it’s odd because I didn’t get hardly any sleep last night. And, they say that’s the most important thing. – Ellen DeGeneres

I’m really, really honored because it’s times like these that we really need to laugh, … And look for me next month when I host the North Korean People’s Choice Awards. – Ellen DeGeneres

I know everyone is going to say that our leaving is just another bid for attention, but what we’ve found is that this is a very hard town to be truthful in, – Ellen DeGeneres

I have the picture of Barack [Obama] and me dancing right outside of my dressing room door, I see it every single day, and it makes me very happy. – Ellen DeGeneres

I like sitting at outdoor restaurants; it would be nice to go someplace on the street and not worry about somebody taking my picture while I’m about to take a bite of something. – 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

I talked to Beyonce and she wants to learn how to speak Arabic and she wants to jump out of an airplane. I don’t want to do that. I just don’t want to wash my hair every day. – 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

Meditation is helping me learn to sit still. Twenty minutes of meditation in the morning is a nice way to start my day. If you can actually sit still and really get to that place of silence, you realize what’s important and what’s not important. Little things don’t usually get to me anymore. – 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 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

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

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

I get my dance moves from just moving around and listening to music and not really worrying about if it’s perfect or not. – 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

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

I think people need to laugh everyday. Whether the economy is good or bad, I think the most important thing is to laugh and to feel positive, if you are laughing at something positive. But if you are laughing at mean jokes then it’s a wash. – Ellen DeGeneres

I love furniture. And I thought, why are we not seeing who’s making the cool new coffee table and these new designs that come out? – Ellen DeGeneres

I think furniture is art. I don’t think art is just for your walls – I think everything that someone has made is a piece of art. – Ellen DeGeneres

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

It would be horrible to live with someone who didn’t like the same things you like. – Ellen DeGeneres

I watch people’s behavior and notice things. I think that’s why I became a comedian. I notice how stupid the things we do are. – Ellen DeGeneres

I don’t consider myself an interviewer as much as an entertainer. – Ellen DeGeneres

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

My dream guests are really not so much celebrities. They’re people who are actually interesting and they’re doing something interesting with their lives or had an interesting experience in some way. I really enjoy talking to regular, everyday people. – Ellen DeGeneres

Some celebrities, it’s interesting, because they’re fantastic playing a character when somebody is writing the lines for them, and they’re amazing actors, but they’re not as comfortable on television in front of a live audience and just having a conversation and being themselves. – Ellen DeGeneres

Standup is more me talking the entire time. There’s definitely an exchange of energy because that room, that audience, is giving back. – 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

It`s hard when paparazzi are photographing every single thing you do. I’m sure a lot of people made mistakes – they just were not documented the way they are now. – Ellen DeGeneres

I think there’s a whole bunch of things that go along with being a girl. You’re not supposed to have opinions or be tough or strong. You’re supposed to be soft and vulnerable, and I find those qualities important in both men and women. – Ellen DeGeneres

I think gender plays a part in most things, but I don’t know how it would be different because I’ve never been a man. And my fame is different from Nicole Kidman’s or Sharon Stone’s. I think everybody’s fame is different. – Ellen DeGeneres

I get home at the end of the day and I don’t want to talk. All I want to do is lay on the floor and pet my dogs and my cats. – Ellen DeGeneres

It’s just, you can get very complacent if you do the same thing all the time and especially [comedy], it gives me different things to react to and respond to, and it stimulates me,. – Ellen DeGeneres

I always like using different muscles, you can take that however you want. But doing something once a year is fantastic, I highly recommended it if you can do it. It’s a wonderful thing, it’s very freeing and I can put a lot of energy and attention onto it and it’s something I love doing. – Ellen DeGeneres

It’s so much better for me to do a talk show. You still have that energy of the audience, and the audience is just as important as that guest that’s sitting next to me. It’s not about me and that guest exchanging energy and talking. It’s about everything that’s going on in that room, and they’re as much a part of the show as anything. I like this better than anything I’ve ever done. – Ellen DeGeneres

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

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

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

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

I appreciate your giving my book — and in no small way, me — a chance. To thank you, I really wanted to acknowledge all of you in the book. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough room for each name. So I’ve put in a code name that stands for all of you reading this book. The name is ‘Mom.’ It will be our little secret. So when you see ‘Mom’ in the acknowledgments, you’ll know I’m really talking about you. And don’t let my mother try to tell you otherwise. – 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

All of my friends were seeing a therapist, and I thought something was wrong with me that I didn’t see a therapist. So, I went to a therapist to find out why I wasn’t seeing a therapist. And it turns out I’m very screwed up. Thank God I found a therapist to tell me for $125 an hour. – Ellen DeGeneres

First of all, I don’t think they have to go that high. That is not necessary, to be that high in the air. I think they’re showing off, those pilots. I think we could just go really fast just a few feet off the ground. Just high enough to miss the animals. – Ellen DeGeneres

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

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

Romance often begins by a splashing waterfall and ends over a leaky sink. – Ellen DeGeneres

You have to have funny faces and words; you can’t just have words. It is a powerful thing, and I think that’s why it’s hard for people to imagine that women can do that, be that powerful. – Ellen DeGeneres

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