August 5, 2015

Seriously…I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres


Seriously…I'm Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres

One of Ellen DeGeneres' several bestselling books, Seriously...I'm Kidding makes for a light and quick but thoroughly positive read. Ellen offers advice as she reflects on her life over the last few years (including her stint as a judge on American Idol), but like her popular TV show the book keeps things funny, fun, and entertaining. She rambles, at times you have no idea where she's going from one chapter to the next, but the book as a whole is encouraging and kind, much like Ellen herself.

I like that Ellen encourages people and advocates for self-worth, self-esteem, and self-confidence. She offers many pearls of wisdom along these lines, some simple, some profound, and many comical. Because the book doesn't offer a narrative thru-line, I've provided a large number of representative quotes below:

  • “All these polls do is make everyone so judgmental. And I don’t believe in judgment. Unless it’s judgment of judgment. I don’t think someone has to ‘wear something better’ or have a better hairstyle. That’s why the word ‘different’ exists in our language.”
  • “I personally like being unique. I like being my own person with my own style and my own opinions and my own toothbrush. I think it’s so much better to stand out in some way and set yourself apart from the masses. It would be so boring to look out into the world and see hundreds of people who look and think exactly like me. If I wanted that, I could just sit in front of a mirror and admire my own reflection all day. That’s already how I spend my mornings. I don’t need to spend all of my time doing that.”
  • “To me, beauty is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s about knowing and accepting who you are. I’m happy being who I am. I’m confident, I live honestly and truthfully, and I think that’s why I was chosen as the first fifty-year-old, openly gay CoverGirl. It’s just a bonus that I have devastatingly blue eyes.”
  • “Throughout my entire life, I have believed in these sentiments. I’ve believed that 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.”
  • “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.”
  • “The truth is, I still believe that above all things physical, it is more important to be beautiful on the inside---to have a big heart and an open mind and a spectacular spleen.”
  • “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”
  • “Stretching can apply to so many different areas of our lives. Not only should we literally stretch our bodies so that things are less likely to snap off, we should also stretch our minds. I think it’s so important to keep our minds active and to constantly be learning new things. We shouldn’t just stop at high school. I mean, technically I did. But you understand what I’m saying.”
  • “It’s the same with every career and life decision. You just have to keep driving down the road. It’s going to bend and curve and you’ll have to speed up and slow down, but the road keeps going. For me, I made a pit stop at Idol; it was exciting, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. But then I decided it was best for me to move on. So I got back in my hovercraft and I kept going down the road.”
  • “I’m just saying we can all work on our manners. We can say please and thank you. We can be punctual. We can just be nicer to one another. It’s something we have in our power to do.”
  • “I’m very proud to be a woman. I’ve been one my whole life. And I know that without the amazing and inspiring women who came before me, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”
  • “The world can benefit from more smart ladies.”
  • “There is so much technology that helps us be lazy. There are now cars that park themselves, which is great not only for lazy people but for people who also hate not having scratches on their bumpers.”
  • “Maybe we all need to slow down and stop running from one place to another all the time. Maybe whatever you’re about to do can wait.”
  • “We all need to be deeper thinkers. We need to think more about our actions and their consequences. There’s a law of physics that says ‘For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.’”
  • “We’re getting lazier and lazier. There is so much technology that helps us be lazy…. Humans aren’t supposed to be so lazy.”
  • “The point is, life is about balance. The good and the bad. The highs and the lows. The piña and the colada.”
  • “I feel bad for people with December birthdays because they have to deal with the combo gift. They are constantly hearing, ‘This is for your birthday and Christmas! Happy birthmas!’ A combo gift means you get one real gift and, if you’re lucky, one extra thing your friend found while she was in the checkout line at Target.”
  • “Contribute to the world. Help people. Help one person."
  • “Be happy. Do the things that make you happy within the confines of the legal system. Do things that make you feel good and proud.”
  • “Here's a professional tip: If you have to say you’re kidding, it might not be a great joke.”

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1 comment :

  1. I haven't read anything by Ellen but I do enjoy her showing once in awhile when I catch it on! This sounds like a really good, uplifting read with reminders that we all could use once in awhile. Great quotes you picked out too!

    Alise @ Readers in Wonderland