Happy birthday, Ellen DeGeneres! Ellen, who turns 55 today, inspires her fans in many different ways. While being laugh-out-loud funny, Ellen manages to never cross the line into mean. And in her personal life, she's become a role model for being true to yourself. Ellen overcame professional disappointment after coming out very publicly in 1997 to become an epically successful talk-show host in a very happy marriage with her wife, Portia de Rossi. To celebrate her birthday, take a look at some her best quotes on love, work life, and the importance of being a nice person.
"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. Above all, I strive to be the best I can — to be better than I was yesterday and better tomorrow."
"I'm glad I make people happy, because that's very important. But I'm proud to be known as a kind person. You listen to any monologue on late-night TV or just in general, to people talking, and there's always a joke at someone's expense. It's sarcasm; it's nasty."
"I was raised Christian Scientist. The most important thing I saw every single week on the wall at Sunday school was the golden rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.' That's what I got out of church, and to me, it's still the way to live."
"The only person the word gay matters to is the person I love."
"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. You're supposed to laugh, you're supposed to cry, you're not supposed to shove your feelings under the rug."