Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an Emmy-winning talk show host. Born on January 26, 1958, she is considered as one of the most popular comedians of today. She is also one of the most well-known role models of gays and lesbians.
After coming out as gay in 1997, she has been strongly advocating for LGBT rights. The road that led her to where she is right now, however, was difficult. After openly admitting her sexuality on air, she faced a lot of criticisms. Sponsors withdrew advertisements and she faced a lot of humiliation as talk show jokes centered around her. In 1998, her show Ellen was canceled.
With all the things she went through, it’s surprising how Ellen was able to remain strong and keep her feet on the ground. And as we aim to inspire you to do the same, here are some of the best Ellen DeGeneres quotes you’ll learn a lot of lessons from.
I always say follow your passion, no matter what, because even if it’s not the same financial success, it’ll lead you to the money that’ll make you the happiest. -Ellen DeGeneres
It’s our challenges and obstacles that give us layers of depth and make us interesting. Are they fun when they happen? No. But they are what make us unique. -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
It is failure that gives you the proper perspective on success. -Ellen DeGeneres
When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds. -Ellen DeGeneres
Be open to learning new lessons, even if they contradict the lessons you learned yesterday. -Ellen DeGeneres
My point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. -Ellen DeGeneres
I think beauty comes from actually knowing who you are. That’s real beauty to me. -Ellen DeGeneres
If someone ever says you’re weird say thank you. -Ellen DeGeneres
Embrace who you are. Literally. Hug yourself. Accept who you are. -Ellen DeGeneres
Sometimes you can’t see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others. -Ellen DeGeneres
Most people dream of winning an academy award. I had a dream of actually hosting the academy awards. So let that be a Lesson to you kids out there: aim lower. -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
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 work really hard at trying to see the big picture and not getting stuck in ego. -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
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
While I was doing stand-up, I thought I knew for sure that success meant getting everyone to like me. So I became whoever I thought people wanted me to be. I’d say yes when I wanted to say no. -Ellen DeGeneres
Don’t worry about what people say about you. Let the naysayers nay. They will eventually grow tired of naying. -Ellen DeGeneres
We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that. -Ellen DeGeneres
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