51 Funny Ellen DeGeneres Quotes & Memes That Teach Us About Compassion

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Not only is she funny, but she teaches us every day to be compassionate to the people around us.

Ellen DeGeneres is a 62-year-old comedian, actress, writer, and television host. When it comes to stand-up comedy, Ellen started performing in small clubs. However, in 1981 she became the emcee at Clyde’s Comedy Club. Around that time, she began to go on tours all over the nation, and in 1984, Showtime declared her The Funniest Person In America.

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In 1986, Ellen appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. After she performed that set, Carson motioned for her to join him for an on-air interview, which was the first time a female comedian was invited to partake in that. Even though Ellen stopped performing stand-up in 2003, she made her comeback after 15 years by releasing a special to Netflix called Relatable.

Ellen DeGeneres also has a very successful television career. She had her first regular TV role in 1989 on a sitcom called Open House. She also had parts in shows like One Night Stand and Laurie Hill.

In 1994, Ellen DeGeneres starred in the show These Friends of Mine but after a season they changed the name of the show to Ellen. In 1997, "came out" as a lesbian on The Oprah Winfrey Show and thus, her character on Ellen also came out as gay in the sitcom. Ellen then became the first show on prime-time to include an openly gay leading character, however, the show was canceled shortly after in 1998, so DeGeneres began her own talk show called The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2003.

The Ellen DeGeneres Show was incredibly successful, receiving over 20 Daytime Emmy Awards in the first five seasons. The show continues to air daily on NBC.

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In 2008, Ellen DeGeneres married actress Portia de Rossi, and in 2009, was a judge on American Idol — but DeGeneres decided to leave the show after just one season because she didn’t enjoy judging the contestants.

She then explored interior design with her show Ellen’s Design Challenge in 2015. In 2017, she hosted Ellen’s Game of Games which featured weird competitions among her audience members.

Along with her television work, Ellen DeGeneres is famous for voice acting the role of Dory in the animated film Finding Nemo in 2003. She then reprised her role in 2016 in the film Finding Dory. DeGeneres also wrote best-selling books like My Point...and I Do Have One, The Funny Thing Is...., and Seriously...I’m Kidding. Most recently, in 2020, she received the Carol Burnett Award at the Golden Globe Awards.

Ellen DeGeneres is highly successful and talented, and through her experiences in the entertainment industry, she has learned to be an ideal role model to her fans. To help you channel her positive and motivated energy, take a look below at some of the best Ellen DeGeneres quotes about life and funny Ellen memes to help you learn compassion and connect to the people around you.

1. Our challenges make us unique.

"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."

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2. Beauty comes from within.

"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."

3. We need more love in the world.

"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."

4. Let's embrace our differences.

"We’re all supposed to be different. I want so badly to encourage everyone to say, 'Who am I and how do I want to live my life?'"

5. Learn compassion from the bad times.

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

6. Treat people the way you want to be treated.

"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."

7. Look at the bigger picture.

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

8. You can be funny and kind.

"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."

9. Follow your passion.

"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."

10. Live your truth.

"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."

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11. We are all one connected thing.

"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."

12. You shouldn't worry.

"Though you feel like you're not where you’re supposed to be, you shouldn’t worry because the next turn you take, it will lead you to where you wanna go."

13. Life is like Mardi Gras.

"Life is like one big Mardi Gras. But instead of showing boobs, show people your brain, and if they like what they see, you’ll have more beads than you know what to do with."

14. Do things that make you happy.

"Do things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system."

15. Let the naysayers nay.

"Don’t worry about what people say about you. Let the naysayers nay. They will eventually grow tired of naying."

16. Feel all kinds of things.

"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."

17. Know who you are.

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

18. Failure helps you get better.

"It is failure that gives you the proper perspective on success."

19. Let's just love everybody.

"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?"

20. Learn new lessons.

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

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21. Love people for who they are.

"I don’t know what people are scared of. Maybe they think their children will be influenced, but I’ve got to tell you, I was raised by two heterosexuals. Everywhere I looked — heterosexuals. And they did not influence me. It’s time we love people for who they are and let them love who they want."

22. Take risks.

"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."

23. Embrace who you are.

"Embrace who you are. Literally. Hug yourself. Accept who you are."

24. Tag you're it.

“Just go up to somebody on the street and say 'You’re it!' and just run away.”

25. Cinnamon buns are good enough for me.

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

26. Space aliens must be out there.

“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.”

27. Just get past the hard part.

“When I go hiking and I get over the hill, That means I am past the hard part and there is a snack in my future. That’s a good thing as far as I am concerned.”

28. Winning an Emmy isn't everything.

“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.”

29. Accept who you are.

"Accept who you are unless you’re a serial killer.”

30. Being weird is good.

“If someone says you’re weird, say Thank You.”

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31. Life is short.

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

32. Think about how others see you.

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

33. Ellen is a loving, spiritual person.

“I see those picketers, and I think you know, if I weren’t a loving, non-violent, spiritual person, I would really go over there and grab those signs and smash them over their heads and shove them up their asses. But…I’m a loving, spiritual person.”

34. You're never too old to play.

“You are never too old to play. You are only too old for low-rise jeans.”

35. People talk too much.

“I think people talk too much anyway. Sometimes people are talking to me and in my mind, I’m just like “shut up, shut up, shut up…blah blah blah blah blaaaaah.”

36. Never follow anyone else's path.

“Never follow anyone else’s path, unless you’re in the woods and you’re lost and you see a path. Then, by all means, follow that path.”

37. There's a size zero.

“I don’t understand the sizes anymore. There’s a size zero, which I didn’t even know that they had. It must stand for: “Ohhh my God, you’re thin.”

38. Approval can be addicting.

“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.”

39. Normalcy is strange.

“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.”

40. Think of others.

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

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41. Laugh as much as you can.

“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.”

42. Don't do things just to please others.

“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, and I even wore a few dresses.”

43. Live your life as an honest person.

“The most important thing in your life is to live your life with integrity and not to give in to peer pressure to try to be something that you’re not, to live your life as an honest and compassionate person, to contribute in some way.”

44. Just don't do it.

“You should never assume.”

45. Do things from a place of truth.

“I did it selfishly because I didn’t want to live in pain anymore. It’s funny, when you do something from a place of truth, it works out where it is the right thing for a lot of other people as well.”

46. Connect with love and compassion.

“When you connect with that love and that compassion, that’s when everything unfolds.”

47. Ellen is a god.

“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.”

48. Look on the bright side.

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

49. Be happy by yourself.

“The thing everyone should realize is that the key to happiness is being happy by yourself and for yourself.”

50. Things change.

“There’s nothing I know for sure because I know for sure that things change.”

51. There should be no discrimination.

“There should be no discrimination against languages people speak, skin color, or religion.”

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