Ellen DeGeneres was one of the 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor, on November 22 at the White House. The beloved comedian and television host, Ellen has inspired millions of people around the world with her ‘be kind to one another’ attitude through The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She was the first out gay person to host the Oscars and also played Dory in Pixar’s Finding Nemo and Finding Dory. Ellen teared up as the president spoke of her career and her decision to come out years ago; embraced her and presented her with her medal. Here’s Obama's speech:
"It's easy to forget now when we come so far, where now marriage is equal under the law, just how much courage was required for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago," the president said adding that the actions showed how "important it was, not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us to see somebody so full of kindness and light, somebody that we liked so much, somebody who could be a neighbor, or our colleague, or our sister challenge our own assumptions, remind us we have more in common than we realize.”
The White House aide said “Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world a more fun, more open, more loving place — so long as we just keep swimming.”
That comes from one of Ellen’s quotes from Finding Dory. She said “When life gets you down, do you wanna know what you’ve gotta do? Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming.”
That’s one of Ellen’s quotes we love. But Ellen has motivated us with her works and words for decades. We put together her best quotes that we love to share with our readers. Enjoy some of the best quotes of Ellen DeGeneres and get inspired.