Quotes by Oprah Winfrey

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All you need to do is know who you are. more...

How you spend your time defines who you are. more...

I know that you cannot hate other people without hating yourself. more...

No gesture is too small when done with gratitude. more...

What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. Opportunities, relationships, even money flowed my way when I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life. more...

Step through new doors. The majority of the time there's something fantastic on the other side. more...

The only courage you will need is the courage to live the life you are meant to. more...

You can't do it all yourself. Don't be afraid to rely on others to help you accomplish your goals. more...

For the first time, I wasn't afraid to be smart, and she often stayed after school to work with me. more...

After all these years, I could say thank you to a woman who had a powerful impact on my early life. more...

I want to use television not only to entertain, but to help people lead better lives. more...

People never fail to amaze me. They face the unimaginable with a shot of grace and a rush of adrenaline; they steel their nerves; they summon their cool or anger or faith or whatever it takes to pull them through, and they go on to live another day. more...

Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design. more...

All these years I've been feeling like I was growing into myself. Finally, I feel grown. more...

In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, How am I of value? What is my worth? Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright. more...

What we're all striving for is authenticity, a spirit-to-spirit connection. more...

It's up to each of us to get very still and say, 'This is who I am.' No one else defines your life. Only you do. more...

You are what you are by what you BELIEVE! more...

There's a wealth that has nothing to do with dollars, that comes from the perspective and wisdom of paying attention to your life. more...

So, that is my final lesson from the universe - you just do what you need to do, and stay on track. more...

If I lost control of the business I'd lose myself-or at least the ability to be myself. Owning myself is a way to be myself. more...

The chance to love and be loved exists no matter who or where you are. more...

What I've learned about being angry with people is that it generally hurts you more than it hurts them. more...

Don't settle for a relationship that won't let you be yourself. more...

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning. more...

We create stress for ourselves because you feel like you have to do it. You have to. I don't feel that anymore more...

Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go. more...

Year's end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us. Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. more...

There is no such thing as failure. Mistakes happen in your life to bring into focus more clearly who you really are. more...

Never give up your power to another person. more...

Luck happens when preparation meets opportunity. more...

I know this for sure, that doing good actually makes you better. more...

You have a gift that only you can give the world - that's the whole reason you're on the planet. Use your precious energy to build a magnificent life that really is attainable. The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day. more...

All my life I have always known I was born to greatness. more...

Everybody's life matters. more...

You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script. more...

Education is the way to move mountains, to build bridges, to change the world. Education is the path to the future. I believe that education is indeed freedom. more...

I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being. more...

Don't complain about what you don't have. Use what you've got. To be less than your best is a sin. more...

Every birthday, you decide whether to mark it the end of your greatest days or the beginning of your finest hour. more...

Every day, passion speaks to us through our feelings. That's why when you allow yourself to become anesthetized by what others think, you literally block yourself from living the life you were called to live. I promise you that if you make a choice that doesn't please your mate, your friends, your mother, or whoever, the world will not fall apart. The people who truly love you want you to love yourself. more...

Leadership is about empathy. It is about having the ability to relate to and connect with people for the purpose of inspiring and empowering their lives. more...

Have the courage to follow your passion - and if you don't know what it is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it. more...

What I know for sure is that your life is a multipart series of all your experiences- and each experience is created by your thoughts, intentions, and actions to teach you what you need to know. Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter. more...

I trust in the ebb and flow of the universe. I trust that life's bigger than what I can see. I trust that there is a divine order beyond my control. And I trust that no matter what happens, I will be all right. more...

I'm stopped. I'll never eat another burger. more...

That whisper you keep hearing is the universe trying to get your attention. more...

Spirituality for me is recognizing that I am connected to the energy of all creation, that I am a part of it and it is always a part of me. more...

There is a vision for my life that is greater than my imagination can hold. more...

Ignoring your passion is like dying a slow death...Passion whispers to you through your feelings, beckoning you toward your highest good. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized, connected, stimulated- what gives you your juice. Do what you love, give it back in the form of service, and you will do more than succeed. You will triumph. more...

When you make loving others the story of your life, there's never a final chapter, because the legacy continues. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another. more...

Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus. more...

Let passion drive your profession. more...

Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters. more...

Real success means creating a life of meaning through service that fulfills your reason for being here. more...

Truth allows you to live with integrity. Everything you do and say shows the world who you really are. Let it be the Truth. more...

You do what you have to do to get through today, and that puts you in the best place tomorrow. more...

If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. That is the lesson, and that lesson alone will save you a lot of grief. more...

A lesson will keep repeating itself until it is learned. Life first will send the lesson to you in the size of a pebble; if you ignore the pebble, then life will send you a brick; if you ignore the brick, life will send you a brick wall; if you ignore the brick wall, life will send you a demolition truck. more...

Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change our perspective of your day and your life. more...

Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, just harness your power to your passion more...

What I know for sure: Often we don't even realize who we're meant to be because we're so busy trying to live out someone else's ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny. more...

What has made me successful is the ability to surrender my plans, dreams and goals to a power that's greater than other people and greater than myself. more...

I for sure believe in miracles. For me, a miracle is seeing the world with light in your eyes. It's knowing there's always hope and possibility where none seems to exist. Many people are so closed to miracles that even when one is boldly staring them in the face, they label it coincidence or serendipity. I call it like I see it. more...

I believe the choice to become a mother is the choice to become one of the greatest spiritual teachers there is. more...

?Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. more...

All the money in the world doesn't mean a thing if you don't have time to enjoy it. more...

Self-esteem means knowing you are the dream. more...

You will be wounded many times in your life. You'll make mistakes. Some people will call them failures but I have learned that failure is really God's way of saying, "Excuse me, you're moving in the wrong direction." It's just an experience, just an experience. more...

Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power. The thing itself cannot touch you. But if you allow your fear to seep into your mind and overtake your thoughts, it will rob you of your life. more...

You get from the world what you give to the world. more...

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it. more...

I never had children, never even thought I would have children. Now I have 152 daughters; expecting 75 more next year. That is some type of gestation period. more...

It's time for us as a country to try to come together in ways that freedom was really meant to be. more...

For years I've advocated keeping a gratitude journal, writing down five things every day that brought pleasure and gratefulness. more...

Appreciating what shows up in your life changes your personal vibration. Gratitude elevates your life to a higher frequency. more...

When people say they are looking for happiness, I ask, What are you giving to the world? more...

I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint more...

I am disappointed by this controversy surrounding A Million Little Pieces because I rely on the publishers to define the category that a book falls within and also the authenticity of the work. more...

What I know for sure is that whatever has happened to you has also happened for you. more...

Gratitude is the single greatest treasure I will take with me from this experience. more...

The thrill is to keep envisioning what can be. more...

Everything in your world is created by what you think. more...

Many things in life inspire philanthropy, such as your faith in humanity and your belief in the human spirit to overcome. more...

I believe that education is freedom. It provides the tools to affect one's own destiny. more...

One of my purposes is to use the television show as a voice to not only entertain people, as I did in the beginning, but as a source of information, as a source of enlightenment, wherever we can, and also as a source of lifting people up wherever you can. more...

I really feel a sense of responsibility first as a creation of a force that I call God, that's bigger than myself. And because I'm black, I feel the responsibility to that. I feel the responsibility to my womanness. But more importantly, I feel a responsibility to my humanness. more...

I try to live in the moment and let that moment carry me to the next great place. more...

The very first time I had Whitney Houston on my show, however many years ago, I thought, "You are 'the voice.'" You are the voice, that was my name for you. more...

I wasn't remembering the gift that God had given me. I had totally put all that aside. And my daughter was growing up before my eyes, and I just wanted to grab hold of that. It goes by so fast. I wanted to watch her. I wanted to be that parent - because at that point in time, I was a single parent. Watch her go to school, and when she got home, be there. I wanted that moment. more...

The best work we can all do is create the highest vision possible for our lives and be led by that vision to the greatest good. more...

Don't complain about what you don't have. Use what you've got. To do less than your best is a sin. Every single one of us has the power for greatness, because greatness is determined by service-to yourself and to others. more...

I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit. more...

People make things happen. All the rest is just window dressing more...

That's what life is: an open door to all that is possible. And that's a powerful thing. more...

When you wake up in the morning looking for the light, the light will come. more...

Have the boldness to tell yourself the truth - every bit of it. more...

Life is a big ol' canvas. And you have every combination of colors to paint with. more...

You have to be responsible for the energy you're putting out into the world. more...

The commonality in the human experience is the same. We have the same sorrows, and the same triumphs. Joy is joy is joy. more...

Dream big - dream very big. Work hard - work very hard. And after you've done all you can, you stand, wait and fully surrender. more...

I'm a truth seeker. That's what I do every day on the show - put out the truth. Some people don't like it, they call it sensational, but I say life is sensational. more...

I grew up in the country, which is probably why I'm so attached to the land. I love it. I love the lay of the land. I love walking the land. And I love knowing that it's my land. more...

Life is about growth and change. When you are no longer doing that - that is your whisper; that is your whisper that you are supposed to do something else. more...

Devote today to something so daring even you can't believe you're doing it. more...

Keeping a journal will change your life in ways that you'd never imagine. more...

The true meaning of courage is to be afraid, and then, with your knees knocking and your heart racing, to step out anyway-even when that step makes sense to nobody but you. I know that's not easy. But making a bold move is the only way to truly advance toward the grandest vision the universe has for you. more...

Being still at least once a day will enhance your life. more...

What I know for sure: Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life. When you can let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way. more...

Anything you can imagine, you can create. more...

You really haven't changed, you've just become more of yourself. That is really what were all trying to do: become more of ourselves. more...

What I know for sure is this: The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal for this year is, you can get there - as long as you're willing to be honest with yourself about the preparation and work involved. There are no back doors, no free rides. There's just you, this moment, and a choice. more...

Go ahead: Live with abandon. Be outrageous at any age. What are you saving your best self for? more...

Everybody has a story. And there's something to be learned from every experience. more...

We're all called. If you're here breathing, you have a contribution to make to our human community. The real work of your life is to figure out your function-your part in the whole-as soon as possible, and then get about the business of fulfilling it as only you can. more...

It's not easy being grateful all the time. But it's when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you more...

Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you. more...

What would I do if I wasn't afraid? more...

Anybody pretending to be anything other than who you really are-you will never, ever reach your personal potential. more...

Take what you can do and use it for the highest good to benefit others. more...

The reason I've been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute been money. more...

If you're blessed enough to grow older, which is how I look at aging, there's so much wisdom to be gained from people who are celebrating the process with vibrancy and vigor and grace. more...

To be fully human is...to know that it's possible to face the unimaginable and somehow put one foot in front of the other. more...

I was once afraid of people saying, "Who does she think she is?" Now I have the courage to stand and say, "This is who I am. more...

Everyone is the keeper of a dream more...

I pray to be used in service to a greater purpose higher than my own more...

You are not the product of your circumstances. You are a composite of all the things you believe, and all the places you believe you can go. Your past does not define you. You can step out of your history and create a new day for yourself. Even if the entire culture is saying, 'You can't.' Even if every single possible bad thing that can happen to you does, you can keep going forward. more...

I believe in the power that not only allows the sun to rise but turns seeds into flowers and dreams into realities. more...

What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you. That's not just my theory or point of view, it's physics. Life is an energy of giving and receiving... Those that are greedy, hit a road block where they are alone. Give more than you receive and be grateful for those around you. more...

Forgivness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed more...

I want to continue to encourage as many people as I can to open their hearts to life, because if I know anything for sure, it's that opening my own heart is what has brought me my greatest success and joy. more...

Everybody looks at their poop. more...

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance. more...

Surround yourself only with those who lift you higher. more...

Wherever you are, that's your stage, your circle of influence. That's your talk show, that's where your power lies. ... You have the power to change somebody's life. Everyone has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. more...

All of us need a vision for our lives, and even as we work to achieve that vision, we must surrender to the power that is greater than we know. It's one of the defining principles of my life that I love to share: God can dream a bigger dream for you than you could ever dream for yourself. more...

Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream more...

Your intention rules your life and determines the outcome. more...

Your life is big. Keep reaching. more...

Only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life. more...

Remove the fear, and the answer comes into focus. more...

This year I am choosing to live beyond my wildest dreams. I wonder where they'll take me. more...

You have two choices: You can come down from the mountain and spend the rest of your days thinking it was so beautiful there, or you can create a vision, look upward, see the next mountain, and start the climb all over again. more...

Life is better when you share it. more...

Nothing about my life is lucky. Nothing. A lot of grace, a lot of blessings, a lot of divine order, but I don't believe in luck. For me, luck is preparation meeting the moment of opportunity. There is no luck without you being prepared to handle that moment of opportunity. Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come. more...

When I learn something, when I know something, when I find something. I always want to share it. Because life is better when you share it. more...

The way to choose happiness is to follow what is right and real and the truth for you. You can never be happy living someone else's dream. Live your own. And you will for sure know the meaning of happiness. more...

What you do today creates every tomorrow. more...

Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That's how you know you are doing the right thing. more...

I don't think there's anything better you can do in this world than bring light wherever you go. more...

You really can change. Your reality is based on the way you think. more...

Getting older is the best thing that ever happened to me. I wake up every morning rejoicing that I'm still here with an opportunity to begin again and be better more...

The way to choose happiness is to follow what is right and real and the truth for you. more...

You want to be in the driver's seat of your own life because if you are not, life will drive you. more...

I know for sure that's what we're here to do: Keep the joy thing going for all seasons. more...

When you live with an open heart, unexpected, joyful things happen more...

What I know for sure is that pleasure is energy reciprocated. What you put out comes back. Your base level of pleasure is determined by how you view your whole life. more...

Great communication begins with connection. more...

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. .... There are no back doors, no free rides. There's just you, this moment and a choice. more...

Start embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world. more...

Life is full of many unpredictable changes... Let go of chaos yesterday; cheerfully live for today, and look forward to tomorrow with greater possibilities... It's our imperfections that make us perfect in our own unique ways more...

I want every day to be a fresh start on expanding what is possible. more...

Instead of looking for the success in your life, look for the thing that is going to bring you the greatest joy. more...

Love is a lesson worth learning. more...

Dream the biggest dream for yourself. Hold the highest vision of life for yourself. more...

If you peel back the layers of your life-the frenzy, the noise-stillness is waiting. That stillness is you. more...

Live life and take chances. Believe that everything happens for a reason and don't regret. Love to the fullest and you will find true happiness in life. Realize that things go wrong and people change, but things do go on. Sometimes things weren't meant to be. What is supposed to happen will work its way out. more...

Courage is feeling the fear and doing it anyway. more...

Find the courage to seek out your big dream, regardless of what anyone else says or thinks. more...

Let excellence be your brand... When you are excellent, you become unforgettable. Doing the right thing, even when nobody knows you're doing the right thing will always bring the right thing to you. more...

Let excellence be your brand... When you are excellent, you become unforgettable. more...

Pray as if it's up to God, work as if it's up to you. more...

When you do your best, people notice. more...

I really believe when you give to other people, you give to yourself. more...

Transforma as tuas feridas em sabedoria! more...

You've got to follow your passion. You've got to figure out what it is you love-who you really are. And have the courage to do that. I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams. more...

It's great to have a private jet. Anyone that tells you that having your own private jet isn't great is lying to you. more...

There is no doing in the world without being first. more...

Your life is a reflection of how you think more...

The secret to being successful is to find a way to bring yourself through, even in your stories. People are looking for the essence of your truth. When you can bring your own truth to it, that's when it works. more...

Everyone has to learn to think differently, bigger, to open to possibilities. more...

In order to be truly happy, you must live along with, and you must stand for something larger than yourself. more...

When you learn to say thank you, you see the world anew. more...

We often block our own blessings because we don't feel inherently good enough or smart enough or pretty enough or worthy enough... You're worthy because you are born and because you are here. Your being here, your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough. more...

I want us all to fulfill our greatest potential. To find our calling, and summon the courage to live it more...

Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction. more...

I've always known that life is better when you share it. I now realize it gets even sweeter when you expand the circle. more...

Other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny. more...

Everybody matters. Everyone just wants to be heard. more...

Lasting joy is found not in what you get, but in what you give. more...

I live in a space of thankfulness- And I have been rewarded a million times over for it. I started out giving thanks for the small things, and more thankful I become, the more my bounty increased, that's because what you focus on expands and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. more...

Life isn't just about what you can have; it's about what you have to give, what kind of person do you want to be? more...

I know who I am, and the thing about power for me is that it's connected to a source that's obviously greater than myself. Any time you can connect to the source and understand that that's where all of your energy, your creativity, your joy and your triumph come from, I consider that to be authentic power. more...

It's only when you make the process your goal that the big dream can follow. more...

Don't waste your time in the race looking back to see what the other guy is doing. It's not about the other guy. It's about what can you do. You just need to run that race as hard as you can. You need to give it everything you've got, all the time, for yourself. more...

A world of possibilities awaits you. Keep turning the page. more...

Following your heart's desire will lead you in the direction your spirit wants to go. more...

If it's not hard, you're not dreaming big enough! more...

You must have some vision for your life. Even if you don't know the plan, you have to have a direction in which you choose to go. You want to be in the driver's seat of your own life because if you are not, life will drive you. more...

Take the ideas that speak to you. Use your imagination. Create something wonderful. more...

Always listen to your inner voice. more...

I believe everyday your life speaks to you - through every experience, through the people you meet, and even through pain, fear and self-doubt. more...

There is the voice that everybody hears... saying to you, "You should do this, you should be this, you ought to, you got to." And then there is the still small voice - for some people not so small - inside every human being that calls you to something that is greater than yourself. more...

If all this happened to you what paradigm might you develop? How might that paradigm affect you in terms of your life from that point on? What does this tell you about Abe? There are no failures, only lessons to be learned. more...

There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die. more...

What I know for sure is that every sunrise is like a new page, a chance to right ourselves and receive each day in all its glory. Each day is a wonder. more...

The best way to succeed is to discover what you love and find a way to offer it to others. more...

There is no greater source of strength and power for me in my life than going still, being quiet and recognizing what real power is. more...

What matters is how you feel inside, because feeling beautiful on the inside is key to looking good. more...

You can't accomplish anything worthwhile if you inhibit yourself more...

True self-esteem is realizing that you are valuable because you were born. No matter where you came from, what color your skin is, what people say about your family or what mean things people may have done to you, because you were born, you are important and you matter. more...

Nothing is ever wrong. We learn from every step we take. Whatever you did today was the way it was meant to be. Be proud of you. more...

Wow, wow, wow! I never imagined meatless meals could be so satisfying. more...

Living your best life is your most important journey in life. more...

This is your moment. Own it. more...

How can you say you're trying to spiritually evolve, without even a thought about what happens to the animals whose lives are sacrificed in the name of gluttony? more...

Your mistake does not define who you are...you are your possibilities. more...

I don't believe in luck. Luck is just preparation meeting the moment of opportunity. more...

Keep a grateful journal. Every night, list five things that happened this day that you are grateful for. What it will begin to do is change your perspective of your day and your life. If you can learn to focus on what you have, you will always see that the universe is abundant; you will have more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never have enough. more...

As you become more clear about who... more...

I have crossed over on the backs of Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Fannie Lou Hamer, and Madam C. J. Walker. Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit. more...

People just want to know that they matter. more...

What you put out is already on its way back to you. more...

You only have power in your energy field ... so the only way to live the life you want is in your energy field ... and your greatest power is love. more...

You have to choose love ... in the most difficult of time to shift the paradigm to that which is love. more...

If you are still breathing, you have a second chance. more...

Strength times strength times strength times strength times strength times strength means power. more...

You are awareness disguised as a human being. more...

Never for a moment allow your greatness to interfere with your goodness. more...

It is your life and it is worth risking everything to make it yours. more...

The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you ... Will you accept it? Do you feel worthy enough to accept it? more...

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. I believe you can only do this when you stop long enough to hear the whisper you might have drowned out, that small voice compelling you toward the kind of work you'd be willing to do even if you weren't paid. Once you tune out the noise of your life and hear that call, you face the biggest challenge of all: to find the courage to seek out your big dream, regardless of what anyone else says or thinks. more...

If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart. more...

I consider this world to be like a school and our lives to be the classrooms. more...

Personally, I think if a women hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky. more...

No experience is ever wasted. Everything has meaning. more...

You gotta be willing to fail...if you're afraid of failing, you won't get very far. more...

I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves." Another "I was raised to believe that excellence is the deterrent to racism and sexism. And that's how I operate my life." And another "It does not matter who you are or where you came from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. more...

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. more...

Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do more...

When you don't give yourself the time and care you need, your body rebels in the form of sickness and exhaustion more...

Be loving to yourself and others will see that love reciprocated. This rule works every time more...

I make sure to use my life for that which can be of goodwill. It has fortified me spiritually and emotionally more...

Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out, and live fully more...

Wherever you are in life, look at your beliefs. They put you there more...

If this was the last day of your life, would you spend it the way you're spending today? more...

You have the RIGHT to change your mind more...

I've always believed free will is a birthright. God even allows us to choose whether to be led by the divine order more...

Your life's work is to find your life's work-and then to exercise the discipline, tenacity, and hard work it takes to pursue it more...

Failure is just a way for our lives to show us we're moving in the wrong direction, that we should try something different more...

I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it more...

All trials force the question, Who are you really? And you must trust yourself to answer more...

I started out giving thanks for small things, and the more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased more...

Just being born makes you worthy enough to be here more...

Every choice gives you a chance to pave your own road. Keep moving. Full speed ahead more...

Lessons often come dressed up as detours and roadblocks more...

You are here to do something you are uniquely created for. No one else can do it like you can, that's why you're here more...

What you're thinking, what you're saying, what you're doing, is having an impact on you and the people around you more...

If things go wrong and you hit a dead end-as you will-it's just life's way of saying it's time to change course more...

Failures can be God's little whispers (or) a full earthquake in our lives because we didn't listen to the whispers more...

I will tell you that there have been no failures in my life. I don't want to sound like some metaphysical queen,but there have been no failures. There have been some tremendous lessons. more...

I'm finally ready to own my own power, to say, "This is who I am." If you like it, you like it. And if you don't like it, you don't. So watch out; I'm gonna fly. more...

My name is Oprah Winfrey. I have a talk show. I'm single. I have eight dogs-five golden retrievers, two black labs, and a mongrel. I have four years of college. more...

Mr. Right is coming, but he's in Africa and he's walking. more...

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different. more...

What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction more...

Don't put a ceiling on yourself. more...

I don't want anyone who doesn't want me. more...

You only have to believe that you can succeed, that you can be whatever your heart desires, be willing to work for it, and you can have it. more...

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, it's accepting the past for what it was, and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward. more...

I've learned to rely on the strength I inherited from all those who came before me-the grandmothers, sisters, aunts, and brothers who were tested with unimaginable hardships and still survived. 'I go forth alone, and stand as ten thousand,' Maya Angelou proclaimed in her poem 'Our Grandmothers.' When I move through the world, I bring all my history with me-all the people who paved the way for me are part of who I am. more...

When people show you who they are ... believe them! more...

I believe that the only courage anybody ever needs is the courage to follow your own dreams. more...

What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. more...

When you educate a woman, you set her free. Had I not had books and education in Mississippi, I would have believed that's all there was. more...

Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, and it holds the world together. more...

Can you see me? Can you hear me? Does anything I say mean anything to you? more...

Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. more...

The roles we play in each other's lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us-the protection, safety, and caring we are willing to share. more...

People believe marriage will make us better. more...

Whatever our dreams, ideas, or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it - and then reap the fruits of our labors. more...

Committing to a lifetime of wellness is not a luxury-it's a necessity. You'll never have enough time; you have to make the time. more...

Here's the gift of gratitude: In order to feel it, your ego has to take a backseat. What shows up in its place is greater compassion and understanding. Instead of being frustrated, you choose appreciation. And the more grateful you become, the more you have to be grateful for. more...

You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world. more...

We need to deprogram ourselves. I know for sure that you can't give what you don't have. If you allow yourself to be depleted to the point where your emotional and spiritual tank is empty and you're running on fumes of habit, everybody loses. Especially you. more...

The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give. more...

there is no fun than helping to make someone's dreams come true Especially when that person is ayoung person and who really want it and really dserve it more...

I thing that god is always listening to all my prayers.and i have so many dreams in my life.thats why I`m always praying that`s someday I`m going to achieve all my dreams. more...

All pain is the same. more...

All life is energy and we are transmitting it at every moment. We are all little beaming little signals like radio frequencies, and the world is responding in kind. more...

Connect. Embrace. Liberate. Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You'll see the difference it makes. more...

Ask the right questions, and the answers will always reveal themselves more...

If you can see it, and believe it, it is a LOT easier to achieve it more...

Always take a stand for yourself, your values. You're defined by what you stand for more...

If we're really committed to growth, we never stop discovering new dimensions of self and self-expression . more...

You are the single biggest influence in your life. more...

You don't have a man, you need spaghetti. more...

When I woke up in the morning and look in the mirror I realise that one of the reasons I don't own a handgun is, I would have shot my thighs off years ago. more...

I decided to be the best and the smartest. more...

Honour the difficult. more...

I truly understand that there is a lesson in everything that happens to us. So I tried not to spend my time asking "Why did this happen to me?" but trying to figure out why I had chosen this. more...

No matter how diligent or persistent you have been, there is not one of us who made this journey toward success by ourselves. more...

Death shows up to remind us to live more fully. more...

I don't go tanning anymore because Obama put a 10 percent tax on tanning. I feel like he did that intentionally for us, like McCain would never put a 10 percent tax on tanning because he's pale and he would probably wanna be tanned. more...

I will not be taking a paternity test, ever! more...

always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you'll have to eat them, you can swallow it well. more...

You need to dream a bigger dream for yourself. That is the lesson. Hold the highest vision possible for your life and it can come true. more...

Life has taught me to just be the best I can be. more...

We have to steer our true life's course. Whatever your calling is in life! The whole purpose of being here is to figure out what that is as soon as possible, so you go about the business of being on track, of not being owned by what your mother said, what society said, whatever people think a woman is supposed to be when you can exceed other people's expectations and be defined by your own! more...

When your life is on course with it's purpose, you are your most powerful. more...

Waking up early on Saturday gives me an edge in finishing my work with a very relaxed state of mind. There is a feeling of time pressure on weekdays that are' there on weekends. If I wake up early in the morning before anybody else, I can plan the day or at least my activities with relaxed mind. more...

Wherever you are, that's your stage, your circle of influence. That's your talk show, that's where your power lies. ... You have the power to change somebody's life. Everyone has a calling, and your real job in life is to figure out what that is and get about the business of doing it. more...

Would you do your job and not be paid for it? I would do this job, and take on a second job just to make ends meet if nobody paid me. That's how you know you are doing the right thing. more...

You want to be in the driver's seat of your own life because if you are not, life will drive you. more...

Your gut is your inner compass. Whenever you have to consult with other people for an answer, you're headed in the wrong direction. more...

The surest way to bring goodness to yourself is to make it your intention to do good for somebody else. more...

Intent and service-that is my motto. more...

Let not one single life have passed in vain. What really matters is who you love and how you love. more...

When I didn't have friends, I had books. more...

What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe. more...

Know this for sure: When you get the chance, go for it. more...

You become what you believe - not what you wish or want but what you truly believe. Wherever you are in life, look at your beliefs. They put you there. more...

All stress comes from resisting what is. more...

Improving your life doesn't have to be about changing everything - it's about making changes that count. more...

What I find powerful is a person with the confidence to be her own self. more...

There's a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of being happy. Your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough. more...

Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning - one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be. more...

Although there may be tragedy in your life, there's always a possibility to triumph. It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you. Always. more...

You become what you believe. more...

If you look at what you have in life, you'll always have more. If you look at what you don't have in life, you'll never have enough. more...

Thank you for that experience. more...

If you allow yourself to breathe into the depth, wonder, beauty, craziness, and strife everything that represents the fullness of your life you can live fearlessly. Because you come to realize that if you just keep breathing, you cannot be conquered more...

How do I define success? Let me tell you, money's pretty nice. But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. What you want is money and meaning. You want your work to be meaningful, because meaning is what brings the real richness to your life. more...

Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own. more...

If you are a woman living, you've been done wrong by a man. more...

Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself more...

The essential question is not, "How busy are you?" but "What are you busy at?" more...

It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures. more...

Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine. more...

To come from no voice, no power, and to be able to achieve what I have means that only my own personal vision holds me back. more...

Don't back down just to keep the peace. Standing up for your beliefs builds self-confidence and self-esteem. more...

You must feed your mind with reading material, thoughts, and ideas that open you to new possibilities. more...

I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on the planet is to encourage people to empower themselves. more...

Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. more...

There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. more...

It doesn't matter how far you might rise. At some point you are bound to stumble. ... If you're constantly pushing yourself higher ... the law of averages, not to mention the Myth of Icarus, predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction. more...

The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead to work toward being significant - and the success will naturally follow... more...

You cannot continue to succeed in the world or have a fulfilling life in the world unless you choose to use your life in the service somehow to others and give back what you have been given. That's how you keep it. That's how you get it. That's how you grow it. more...

Sometimes you find out what you are supposed to be doing by doing the things you are not supposed to do. more...

And how do you know when you're doing something right? How do you know that? It feels so. What I know now is that feelings are really your GPS system for life. When you're supposed to do something or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know. The trick is to learn to check your ego at the door and start checking your gut instead. more...

Your true passion should feel like breathing; it's that natural. more...

We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are. more...

Your calling is' something that somebody can tell you about. It's what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that is. You know it inside yourself. more...

I"ve learned not to worry about what might come next. more...

Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings. more...

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and my maintaining focus. more...

The true meaning of courage is to be afraid, and then, with your knees knocking and your heart racing, to step out anyway-even when that step makes sense to nobody but you. I know that's not easy. But making a bold move is the only way to truly advance toward the grandest vision the universe has for you. more...

I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you had' been prepared when the opportunity came along, you would' have been lucky. more...

I try to view the challenges in my life not as annoyances, but as confirmations of fortitude. more...

The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams. more...

You aren't your past, you are probability of your future. more...

Whatever you fear most has no power-it is your fear that has the power more...

If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay. more...

Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us. more...

If friends disappoint you over and over, that's in large part your own fault. Once someone has shown a tendency to be self-centered, you need to recognize that and take care of yourself; people aren't going to change simply because you want them to. more...

It doesn't take a lot to make me happy. I take pleasure from everything I do. more...

You know that old joke about the guy who lives to be 104? The punch line goes something like 'If I knew I was gonna get this old, I'd have taken much better care of myself.' Well, guess what? We actually are living longer, and the time to start taking care of ourselves is right this minute. more...

I know that I am more than my personality, my body, and my body image. more...

Your gut is your inner compass. more...

When you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom. more...

Don't worry about being successful. Worry about being significant. more...

When you learn, teach. When you get, give. Maya Angelou taught me that. more...

A gift isn't a gift unless it has meaning. Just giving things to people, especially children, create the expectation of more things. more...

I've learned not to worry about what might come next. more...

I think mentors are important and I don't think anybody makes it in the world without some form of mentorship. Nobody makes it alone. Nobody has made it alone. And we are all mentors to people even when we don't know it. more...

You are where you are in life because of what you believe is possible for yourself. more...

You will survive anything if you live your life from the point of view of truth. more...

That guy just cut right in front of me. But I'm not going to let it bother me. No. I'm on my way to work and I decided it doesn't matter who wants to cut in front of my lane today. I'm not going to let it bother me one bit. Once I get to work, find myself a parking space, if somebody wants to jump ahead of me and take it, I'm going to let them. more...

You are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything. more...

I believe I'm just getting started. The TV show is just the foundation.... If you're open to the possibilities, your life gets grander, bigger, bolder! more...

I didn't want to say "No" because I didn't want people to think I'm not nice. And that, to me, has been the greatest lesson of my life: to recognize that I am solely responsible for it, and not trying to please other people, and not living my life to please other people, but doing what my heart says all the time. more...

Tithe in kind where your spirit is fed. more...

Move with the flow. Don't fight the current. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. Don't try to carry it. more...

Our beliefs can move us forward in life, or they can hold us back. more...

This season don't get lost in making the perfect meal or become overwhelmed with all the folks in your house. Use this time to center yourself. more...

Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter. more...

The reason I so rarely break promises to other people? It breaks trust. Without trust, there's no relationship. more...

You can't accomplish anything worthwhile if you inhibit yourself. If life teaches you nothing else, know this for sure: When you get the chance, go for it. more...

Joy is one part inner peace, one part giddy delight and 100% attainable. more...

There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It's why you were born. And how you become most truly alive. more...

The roses, the lovely notes, the dining and dancing are all welcome and splendid. But when the Godiva is gone, the gift of real love is having someone who'll go the distance with you. Someone who, when the wedding day limo breaks down, is willing to share a seat on the bus. more...

Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship. more...

When I was a kid and the other kids were home watching "Leave it to Beaver," my father and step-mother were marching me off to the library. more...

I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk. more...

Use what you have to run toward your best - that's how I now live my life. more...

Purpose is the thread that connects the dots to everything you do that leads you to an extraordinary life. more...

Whatever your calling or purpose is, it's your job to feel it. No gift that you have been given was made for yourself. more...

Remember, you are co-creating your life with the energy of your own intentions. more...

We are held accountable for every intention, which is why you are sitting where you are right now. more...

Your greatest power is to show love, to receive love and to be love. more...

You are always walking in the direction of either love or fear. Choose wisely. more...

Failure is life at it's most poignant and it's only there to push you in the right direction. more...

Even in bad times, always say thank you. Whatever you are going through, God is using you to get through. God has already put a rainbow in the cloud. more...

Everything that has ever happened to you has happened for you. Not one thing that has happened is wasted... You were building strength and strength x strength = POWER. more...

Make yourself a priority. Fill yourself up so that you can give more to others. more...

What I know for sure is that behind every catastrophe, there are great lessons to be learned. Among the many that we as a country need to get is that as long as we play the "us and them" game, we don't evolve as people, as a nation, as a planet. more...

Allowing the truth of who you are-your spiritual self-to rule your life means you stop the struggle and learn to move with the flow of your life. more...

You make me proud to spell my name woman... you make me proud to be your friend... more...

The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the storyline that says you're too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step towards transforming your experience of the world. more...

Partake of some of life's sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself. more...

When you give up on life, never give up on yourself, because there is so much for you to keep on giving! more...

I don't have a lot of "I can't" inside me. more...

I have incredible stamina- the what-do-I-got-that-they-ain't-got kind of stamina. more...

Leadership is about empathy. more...

When you don't know what to do, get still. The answer will come. more...

Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie. more...

What I know for sure is that you feel real joy in direct proportion to how connected you are to living your truth. more...

I believe that you tend to create your own blessings. You have to prepare yourself so that when opportunity comes, you're ready. more...

I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself. more...

There is no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things! more...

Free speech not only lives, it rocks! more...

I will just create, and if it works, it works, and if it doesn't, I'll create something else. I don't have any limitations on what I think I could do or be. more...

For me at this time in my life I recognize that everything is about moving closer to that which is God. And without a full, spiritual center - and I am not talking about religion, I am talking about without understanding the fullness from which you've come you can't really fulfill your supreme moment of destiny.... more...

Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart and success will come to you. more...

To kick things off, [television show host Andy Cohen] asked the last time Winfrey had smoked marijuana. 'Uh ... 1982,' Winfrey replied. 'Let's hang out after the show,' Cohen joked. 'Okay,' Winfrey laughed. 'I hear it's gotten better.' more...

Don't live your life to please other people. more...

There is a lesson in almost everything that you do, and getting the lesson is how you move forward. It is how you enrich your spirit. more...

One of the biggest lessons I've learned recently is that when you don't know what to do, you should do nothing until you figure out what to do because a lot of times you feel like you are pressed against the wall, and you've got to make a decision. You never have to do anything. Don't know what to do? Do nothing. more...

I can't deny that Jerry Springer supposedly beating us didn't affect me. There was a point where I felt like, Golly, you work so hard, you try so hard and the people say they want meaningful television and then Jerry Springer ends up beating you. It was disturbing. more...

I believe that there are forces of light and darkness in the world, and I don't want to be a contributor to the force of darkness. more...

Whatever your secret, live your own truth; life is too short. more...

Declare today "sacred timeoff limits to everyone, unless invited by you. Take care of your personal wants and needs. Say no, graciously but firmly, to others' demands." more...

If you make a choice that doesn't please your mate, your friends, your mother, or whoever, the world will not fall apart - the people who truly love you want you to love yourself. more...

One of my best moves is to surround myself with friends who, instead of asking, 'Why?' are quick to say, 'Why not?' That attitude is contagious. more...

I was happy over little things: mango sorbet, and running, and the way my feet felt touching the ground when I ran. more...

Books were my pass to personal freedom. more...

You can find the sacred in the most ordinary of things. more...

What I know for sure is that if you can survive 11 days in cramped quarters with a friend and come out laughing, your friendship is the real deal. I know ours is. more...

You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another. more...

You've got to figure out what it is you love - who you really are - and have the courage to do that. more...

Taking care of your body, no matter what your age, is an investment. more...

God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself, and your role on Earth is to attach yourself to that divine force and let yourself be released to it. more...

An nice lady in the back...asked what I thought about how we begin to move forward. I think it is up to each individual, which then moves to your family, which moves to your community. Each person, in their own life, let your life be a light for peace, for justice, for all that is good. Just let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine. more...

My highest achievement: never shutting my heart down. Even in my darkest moments - through sexual abuse, a pregnancy at 14, lies and betrayals - I remained faithful, hopeful, and open to seeing the best in people, regardless of whether they were showing me their worst. I stayed open to believing that no matter how hard the climb, there is always a way to let in a sliver of light to illuminate the path forward. more...

Making a Different Choice Gives You the Opportunity to Live a Different Life. more...

The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around? more...

Do what you want to do, when you want to do it ... and not a moment sooner. more...

Books showed me there were possibilities in life, that there were actually people like me living in a world I could not only aspire to but attain. Reading gave me hope. For me, it was the open door. more...

This whole celebrity-fame thing is interesting. I'm the same person I always was. The only difference between being famous and not being famous is that people know who you are. more...

Every time a child is saved from the dark side of life, every time one of us makes the effort to make a difference in a child's life, we add light and healing to our own lives. more...

If something feels right, I do it. If it feels wrong, I don't. It's really very, very simple, but you've got to be willing to take your chances doing stuff that may look crazy to other people - or not doing something that looks right to others but just feels wrong to you. more...

I am extremely spiritual. I've not gone into this before because it's personal, but faith is the core of my life. more...

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. It shouldn't change you. If you're a jerk, you just get to be a bigger jerk. What fame does is magnify who you are and puts that on a platter for the whole world to see. more...

I could eat a feeling faster than anybody, put a little hot sauce on it and wouldn't recognize it until it showed up on my behind three days later. more...

The only thing that can free you is the belief that you can be free. more...

If you don't give something back when you get, you don't keep. more...

I firmly believe that none of us in this world have made it until the least among us have made it. more...

The ultimate comfort zone is within. more...

Often intuition will direct you. If it feels right, it's probably right. more...

I'm one of those people who lives for the moment. If you concern yourself with what's going to happen a year from now, or five years from now, you defuse the moment. Whatever comes, comes. For this time I enjoy the ascent. I don't worry about anything except getting thinner thighs. more...

I look at problems as opportunities and use every person, every incident, and every encounter as an opportunity to show a more loving part of myself. more...

I believe your personality is formed at a very early age. Fame can magnify that personality, for good or bad, but it can't change it. So when people say to me, 'Don't change,' I'm thinking, To what? To who? Who else would I be? more...

I have not missed a day in my life of praying. It's always about the same thing, using my life as a vehicle. Whatever I do, let it bring goodness to myself and to everybody that I come in contact with. more...

To this day I always say my prayers on my knees 'cause I think maybe they get there sooner. more...

I still want what I've always wanted ... to be the best person I can be. more...

My goal is always, how do you get better? more...

I have a sense of greatness, which comes from feeling that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing on the planet - empowering people, especially women. more...

lack of self-esteem is what causes wars because people who really love themselves don't go out and try to fight other people ... It's the root of all the problems. more...

Skiing is the next best thing to having wings. more...

Now that I have all the things I once thought would make me happy, they have little meaning for me. Experience, and not just a little heartache, has taught me money buys convenience and conveniences. more...

People have power to make a difference in their lives. more...

If you don't heal the wounds of your childhood, you bleed into the future. more...

That's really what wealth does for you. It gives you freedom to make choices. more...

The whole barrier exists because most people never come together and sit down at a table ... join together, break bread together, and celebrate their differences and their likenesses. more...

Check your ego at the door and check your gut instead. Every right decision I have ever made has come from my gut. Every wrong decision I've made was the result of me not listening to the greater voice of myself more...

If you're hurting, you need to help somebody else ease their hurt. If you're in pain, help somebody else's pain. more...

My constant prayer for myself is to be used in service for the greater good. more...

The world has so many lessons to teach you. I consider the world, our earth, to be like a school, and our life, the classrooms. Sometimes on our planet life school, the lessons often come dressed up as detours and road blocks and sometimes as full blown crises. And the secret I've learned to getting ahead is being open to the lessons. more...

You can either waltz boldly onto the stage of life and live the way you know your spirit is nudging you to, or you can sit quietly by the wall, receding into the shadows of fear and self doubt. more...

When ordinary people decide to do extraordinary things they transform their lives and the lives of others around them. more...

Whenever you can't think of something to be grateful for, remember your breath. With each breath you take, you can say, 'I'm still here.' Make each day a holiday of thankfulness -and give yourself the gift of gratitude! more...

When you focus on what you have, your ABUNDANCE increases. I started with my breath. Noticing being alive is a good start! more...

The older I get, the more centered I become and the more I think I really know about myself. What I know is that what other people do doesn't really have any effect on me. more...

Women of South Africa are some of the most powerful people on Earth. Change what you believe is possible for yourself. more...

I truly believe that a woman can have anything she wants - if she's willing to do the hard work it takes to get it. more...

When women put their heads together, powerful things can happen! more...

Take five minutes to center yourself in the morning - set your intention every day. more...

This past Thanksgiving, my father was at the farm, and I had all 11 dogs in the house with a father who never allowed dogs in the house. And he got up to leave the table and came back and Solomon was in his chair. And he says, "This dog is in my chair." And I said, "It's the other way around, you're sitting in his chair." more...

What I know for sure is that it's only when you make the process your goal that the big dream can follow. That doesn't necessarily mean your process will necessarily lead you to wealth or fame. In fact, your dream may have nothing to do with tangible prosperity and everything to do with creating a life filled with joy, one with no regrets and a clear conscience. I've learned that wealth is a tool that gives you choices, but it can't compensate for a life not fully lived and it certainly can't create a sense of peace within you. more...

If I had kids, my kids would hate me ... They would have ended up on the equivalent of the Oprah show talking about me; because something in my life would have had to suffer and it would've probably been them. more...

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. more...

...I learned to be grateful no matter what happened in my life! more...

Living your best life is to find out what your calling is. Your real job on Earth is to find out what you were meant to be doing & to find a way to do that thing. more...

Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning. more...

Here's what my love affair with quotations has taught me: the more you focus on words that uplift you, the more you embody the ideas contained in those words. more...

My business skills have come from being guided by my inner self - my intuition. more...

I'm starting to cry. I'm remembering those years I struggled with my weight, those times when I saw my reflection in a store window and didn't know who that fat person was, years when it was a big accomplishment for me to exercise at two dots on the StairMaster. And now I'm finishing a 26-mile race. Damn! This is better than winning an Emmy! more...

I believe there's a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call. more...

This is the body you've been given - love what you've got. more...

When you choose the paradigm of service, it turns everything you do from a job into a gift. more...

You are responsible for your life. You can't keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on. more...

To move forward you have to give back. more...

Tune out the naysayers, tune into your own courage, and take a bold step toward the passion-filled life you really want. more...

You cannot wait for someone to save you, to help you, to complete you. No one can complete you. You complete yourself. more...

The greatest lesson of life is that you are responsible for your life. more...

Even the wildest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly. more...

We have to steer our true life's course. Whatever your calling is in life! The whole purpose of being here is to figure out what that is as soon as possible, so you go about the business of being on track, of not being owned by what your mother said, what society said, whatever people think a woman is supposed to be when you can exceed other people's expectations and be defined by your own! more...

Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward. more...

There is no paycheck that can equal the feeling of contentment that comes from being the person you are meant to be. more...

If you're sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time because only you have the power to take responsibility to move your life forward more...

The stories that you tell yourself can make or break you - no matter who you are. more...

Walk through life eager and open to self-improvemen t and that which is going to best help you evolve, because that's really why were here: to evolve as human beings. more...

Do not waste your time with people who have shown you they really mean no good for you. more...

You become what you believe. You are where you are today in your life based on everything you have believed. more...

Every choice in life either moves you forward or keeps you stuck. more...

Follow your passion. It will lead you to your purpose. more...

Once you clarify your purpose for doing something, the way to do it becomes clear more...

The deepest courage we can exercise is continuing to believe in our dreams until we make them come true. more...

What stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken; it's how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. more...

You become what you believe. And to believe that you are created by the power that's greater than yourself means anything is possible. more...

You are the author of your own life...Don't let others define it for you. Real power comes by doing what you are meant to be doing, and doing it well. more...

When your life is on course with it's purpose, you are your most powerful. more...

What I know is, if you do work that you love, and work that fulfills you, the rest will come. I truly believe the reason I've been so financially successful is because my focus has never been on the money. more...

God can dream a bigger dream for me, for you, than you could ever dream for yourself. When you've worked as hard and done as much and strived and tried and given and pled and bargained and hoped... Surrender. When you have done all that you can do, and there's nothing left for you to do, give it up. Give it up to that thing that is greater than yourself, and let it then become a part of the flow. more...

Knowing your deepest intention can be your guiding force in the creation of a better life. more...

It's all about dreams. If I had to attribute my success in life to any one thing it is this. I believed in my dreams, even when no one else did. more...

Balance lives in the present. The surest way to lose your footing is to focus on what dreadful things might happen. more...

Dare to be different. Be a pioneer. Be a leader. Be the kind of woman who in the face of adversity will continue to embrace life and walk fearlessly toward the challenge. more...

I want people to be more open and tolerant. I want them to know that behind every stranger is a backstory that is the common denominator - for we all share in the human experience: pain, sadness, grief, lack of love, and then, with hope and help, step by step achievements. more...

Learn from every mistake, because every experience, particularly your mistakes, are there to teach you and force you into being more who you are. more...

The greatest contribution you can make to women's rights, is to be the absolute ... best at what you do. more...

Twenty minutes in the morning, 20 in the evening. Transcendental Meditation teachers have taught everyone in my company who wanted to learn how to meditate. The results have been awesome. Better sleep. Improved relationships with spouses, children, coworkers. Some people who once suffered migraines don't anymore. Greater productivity and creativity all around. more...

I'm easy to look at, but so hard to see. more...

With every failure, every crisis, every difficult time, I say - What is this here to teach me? And as soon as you get the lesson, you get to move on. If you really get the lesson, you pass and you don't have to repeat the class. My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment more...

We're all looking for the highest, fullest expression of ourselves as a human being. more...

Don't get confused with what people say you are, with who you know you are. more...

These French-style caramels are handmade in California. It's always hard to give them away! more...

If you feel incomplete, you alone must fill yourself with love in all your empty shattered spaces more...

You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you. Theologian Howard Thurman said it best. He said, 'Don't ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.' more...

Nobody's journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It's just life's way of saying, 'Time to change course.' more...

All of life is energy and we are transmitting it at every moment. more...

The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself, 'What is the next right move? What is the next right move?' and then, from that space, make the next right move and the next right move. more...

What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up. more...

Life isn't about what you have but what you have to give. more...

We're all called. If you're here breathing, you have a contribution to make. more...

Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward. more...

The truth is I have from the very beginning listened to my instincts. All of my best decisions in life have come because I was attuned to what really felt like the next right move for me. more...

Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you. more...

Be more splendid, more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up. more...

Live from the heart of yourself more...

Don't wait for someone else to complete you. 'Jerry Maguire' was just a movie. more...

Nobody but you is responsible for your life. You are responsible for your life. What is your life? What is all life? What is every flower, every rock, every tree? Energy. And you're responsible for the energy you create for yourself, and you're responsible for the energy that you bring to others. more...

I believe that everyone is the keeper of a dream - and by tuning into one another's secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers. more...

God can dream a bigger dream for you then you could ever dream for yourself. more...

Become the change you want to see - those are words I live by. more...

Failure is a great teacher and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer. more...

When you're doing the work you're meant to do, it feels right and every day is a bonus, regardless of what you're getting paid. more...

What I know for sure is that the only way to endure the quake is to adjust your stance. You can't avoid the daily tremors. Don't fight them. Just find a different way to stand. more...

If it never rained, nothing would grow. more...

Helping others is the way we help ourselves. more...

The future is full of possibility, whether you make one tiny change - or a whole invigorating, thrilling, inspiring bunch of them. more...

When you surrender and stop resisting and stop trying to change that which you can't change, but be in the moment, be fully open to the blessings you've already received and those that are yet to come and stand in that space of gratitude ... and look at where you are and how far you've come and what you've accomplished - when you can claim THAT and SEE that, the literal vibration of your life will change. more...

Having the courage to stand up and pursue your dreams will give you life's greatest reward and life's greatest adventure. more...

Bravery shows up in everyday life when people have the courage to live their truth, their vision and their dreams. more...

God can dream a better dream for you than you can! more...

You teach people how to treat you. more...

If you want to feel good, you have to go out and do some good. more...

One percent doubt is zero percent faith. more...

You are responsible for your life. It doesn't matter what your Mama did. It doesn't matter what your Daddy didn't do. You are responsible for your life. more...

If you take care of your body, it'll take care of you. more...

The next road is always ahead. more...

If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away,If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay. Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that's not meant to be. Slower is better. Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy..! more...

I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn't been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn't have been lucky. more...

Follow your feelings. If it feels right, move forward. If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. more...

Not like I need an excuse to enjoy a Moscow mule, but this tray and six-mug set, handmade in Mexico with hammered recycled copper, makes cocktail hour extra special. more...

You were seen, you were heard and you matter. more...

I did not believe what I was told about being poor and black and female in Mississippi in 1954. more...

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe more...

We are Spiritual Beings have a Human Experience. Not the other way around. more...

Waking up early on Saturday gives me an edge in finishing my work with a very relaxed state of mind. There is a feeling of time pressure on weekdays that aren't there on weekends. If I wake up early in the morning before anybody else, I can plan the day or at least my activities with relaxed mind. more...

The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day. more...

Inner wisdom is more important than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain more...

I know for sure that appreciating whatever shows up for you in life changes your personal vibration. You radiate and generate more goodness for yourself when you're aware of all you have and not focusing on your have-nots. more...

I urge you to pursue preserving your personal history to allow your children and grandchildren to know who you were as a child and what your hopes and dreams were. more...

It is very true, that the way you think creates reality for yourself. more...

You are worthy because you were born. more...

Learn to let your intuition-gut instinct-tell you when the food, the relationship, the job isn't good for you (and conversely, when what you're doing is just right). more...

The pathway to your best life isn't the route of denial. It's owning every moment. more...

Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself. more...

I've talked to nearly 30,000, people on this show, and all 30,000, had one thing in common: They all wanted validation...I would tell you that every single person you will ever meet shares that common desire. more...

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo.. more...

I am guided by the vision of what I believe this show can be. Originally our goal was to uplift, enlighten, encourage and entertain through the medium of television. Now, our mission statement for The Oprah Winfrey Show is to use television to transform people's lives, to make viewers see themselves differently and to bring happiness and a sense of fulfillment into every home. more...

I feel my greatest work is yet to come. more...

God is a feeling experience and not a believing experience. If your religion is a believing experience ... then that's not truly God. more...

I couldn't kill myself. I would be afraid the minute I did it; something really good would happen and I'd miss it. more...

I've learned that every single trial offers us a chance to either turn away from what we know to be true, or to stand strong in who we are move forward. more...

The expectation of my life was that I might be able to work for some good white folks. Now I got some good white folks working for me. more...

The reason I gained so much weight in the first place and the reason I had such a sorry history of abusive relationships with men was I just needed approval so much. I needed everyone to like me, because I didn't like myself much. more...

What least makes a mother is biology. more...

Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others. more...

Ordinary people can bring about change. more...

What's wrong with the world and what can we do to change it? more...

I cannot be defined by what other people think. more...

If you let it, the noise of the world will drown out the voice of God, which is your intuition. more...

I am where I am because of the bridges I have crossed. more...

I wasn't the cutest or the most talented, but I could get through the question-and-answer period. more...

There's a group of 12 oak trees on my property in California that I call 'my disciples.' Their branches form a canopy over the ground, and I sit underneath them for inspiration. more...

I made the decision I will own my own show. So never again will I ever be told what I can and can not do. more...

I live in the space where God is. There is no question that that is why I am where I am, and why I have had the success that I've had, is because I allow myself to be guided by that which is greater than myself - than my personality. more...

There are so many people who've come before me who deserved to be tired. Who didn't have the opportunities, who didn't have the access, who didn't have the money, who didn't have the influence, who didn't have the voice. more...

There's a level of disrespect for the office that occurs. And that occurs in some cases and maybe even many cases because he's African American. There's no question about that and it's the kind of thing nobody ever says but everybody's thinking it. more...

The true test of courage is to be afraid and to go ahead and do it anyway - to be scared, is to have your knees knocking, but to walk on in there anyway. more...

When you don't know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice. more...

If you re not speaking your own truth, you will never be able to be all you are meant to be. You cannot be pretending to be somebody else. more...

I learned that I could control my life. You are the master of your fate. . . you are the captain of your soul. I took control and went to my space. . . My space. . . the universal energy. . . I tapped into that space of divine flow, where all beings, all things are connected. That space is real. You cannot have a meaningful life without having spiritual self-reflection. Know who you are and why you are here. When you tap into that space, divine flow, that universal energy, you become untouchable in what you are called to do. more...

Well, I am a Christian who believes that there are certainly many more paths to God other than Christianity. more...

I was like you are. I thought Jesus came and died on the cross. Jesus' being here was about his death and dying on the cross but it really was about him coming to show us how to do it. To show us the Christ-consciousness that he had and that conciousness abides in all of us. That's what I got. That's what I got. more...

I live inside God's dream for me. I don't try to tell God what I'm supposed to do. . . God can dream a bigger dream for you than you can dream for yourself. more...

One of the biggest mistakes humans make is to believe there is only one way. There are many diverse paths leading to what you call God. more...

We are not servants of some God; we are 'our own gods?' more...

Nobody's journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It's just life's way of saying, "Time to change course." more...

I believe that everyone is the keeper of a dream - and by tuning into one another's secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers. more...

I always knew I was a hit record just waiting to happen. more...

The best way to look at aging is to see it as an opportunity to leave what didn't work behind and step boldly into a brand new future. more...

Eating more consciously now feels like a way of being. I actually think about how my food got to my plate. more...

Material success is rewarding and a lot of fun, but it's not the most important thing in my life because I know when this is all over, the Master isn't going to ask me how many things I owned or how many television shows I did. I think the questions will be, What did I do to make a difference? Did I learn to live with love in my heart? more...

Reading gave me hope. more...

I used to have a fake Louis Vuitton bag because I thought it meant something in life. But now I realize that all the things in the world don't define you. It's what you stand for, what you're willing to do, how close to the truth you're willing to be in your life. more...

Failing is another stepping-stone to greatness. more...

I have named myself an unofficial ambassador for Australia and I have the biggest mouth on Earth. more...

I only got the opportjnity to co-host a talk show because I failed at news. more...

In the end, all you have is your reputation. more...

My father turned my life around insisting I be more than I was and by believing I could be more. more...

When you run a race, you hurt your ability to compete when you turn your head to look at the competition chasing you, you lose a step physically and psychologically. Run the race always stretching to do your best, imitations will come in last, no one can catch an original. more...

Failure is a stepping-stone to greatness. more...

What we all desire is the fullest, highest expression of ourselves. more...

We're all here to figure out how to best give ourselves away. more...

I believe that when you stop renewing and are no longer open to change and the possibilities that continually unfold, you stop being alive and are just getting through the years. Transformation doesn't happen unless you're willing: It's your choice. more...

The biggest mistake in helping undeserved kids is not raising the bar high enough. Children will believe if you believe in them. more...

Follow your passion. Do what you love, and the money will follow. Most people don't believe it, but it's true. more...

Good luck - it's always ready to use in case. more...

When you educate a girl, you begin to change the face of a nation. more...

Your soul tells you when it's time to move on. more...

When I read poetry, I read it aloud. It's so much better that way. more...

You can't give it to others if you don't have it in yourself. more...

When you're passionate about your work, it feels like you would do it even if no one were paying you. more...

In America, people are so busy. Even the children are busy. I get the impression very few of us are touching the miracle that you are alive. more...

Most people when they're walking are thinking about where they have to go and what they have to do. But that removes us from happiness. more...

Often when someone comes to you and wants to vent, it's so tempting to start giving advice. But if you allow the person just to let the feelings out, and then at another time come back with advice or comments, that person would experience a deeper healing. more...

The only way to end war is communication between people. more...

The nature of Buddhism, as I understand it, is to believe that we are all pure and radiant at our core. And yet we see around us so much evidence that people are not acting from a place of purity and radiance. more...

When you have more respect for yourself and put yourself in a position where you feel your sense of value or worth, that's how you know you're on the right path. more...

There's nothing worse than betraying yourself. more...

When you have done everything that you can do, surrender. Give yourself up to the power and energy that's greater than yourself. more...

One of my theories about life is that we become what we believe. more...

To be mundane and poor is the curse of life! more...

Back then, a few doilies and napkins were all that a lot of women had. In the little house where I grew up, the pillowcases my grandmother embroidered were the only things of beauty. more...

My theory is that when you're famous, you're no different from anybody else - it's just that more people know your name. more...

A friend of mine says that perfection is a road, not a destination. more...

The divine is in all things. more...

That's what leads to a reinvention of yourself - being fully present and in the moment. more...

New York traffic can drive you crazy. more...

Everything in your life right now is a possible episode. more...

No matter who you are, no matter what your culture is, it is absolutely possible to look out and extend yourself in such a way, that you can connect to other people and find that we are more alike than we are different. more...

What, I have actually loved it, because I've been underestimated every step of the way, and it's so exciting when you can prove them all wrong. more...

I've seen that many times in rural African villages where people have nothing but a hut and a bowl. The joy in the children's eyes is something you wish you could package and bring back to America. more...

I love hearing stories, telling stories, sharing stories. I've shared 37,000 on the Oprah show! Every day I was like the town crier. more...

I've never listened to jazz. It's just not something I ever paid attention to. more...

I thought, If I'm gonna run a jazz club, if I've got Miles Davis' posters in my bar, I should at least know what his horn sounds like. more...

I was in the gym working on my triceps, and I was thinking, just as I did the 50-pound pulldown, I am going to be in better shape by the end of the year [2016] than I've ever been in my life. I really just smiled at the notion: Wow, what a thing. more...

There is a seeded bread that I bring from South Africa. I bring home 10, 20 loaves. I am so bad with this bread. I've literally been in hotels and brought my own: "Please, can you toast this? I have my own bread." They're like, "You have your own bread?" And I'll pull it out! more...

Every story about Oprah Winfrey Network was that it was struggling.I literally had a come-to-Jesus meeting with myself to say, 'Lord, what would you have me do?' What I know for sure is that the only way to hold onto yourself is through a spiritual base - otherwise you lose it. more...

I set out to really build this universe of interfaith connectedness, where people could see that other people in different parts of the world are very much like them. more...

[People] might have a different word for the yearning of the heart and the yearning of the spirit that is looking for what I call "God," it still is the same thing. It is the heart's yearning to know the origin of its mystery. It's a heart's yearning to know the power of the divine in each of our lives. It's a heart's yearning to be connected to that. more...

I hear people say all the time, "I'm not really religious, but I consider myself spiritual." I definitely have always been spiritual, being raised by my grandmother on that little acre in Mississippi, indoctrinated, born into the church and the ways of the church. more...

I grew up in the Baptist Church, and going to church with my father; I remember being 8 years old, trying to determine whether I was really ready to give up sin, and for days I agonized. more...

I was probably toward 8 1/2 when I actually joined the church and was baptized - and, my God, did I take it seriously! I was a zealot who irritated every one of my third-grade friends. They didn't beat me up, but I got labeled "the preacher girl." more...

My first deepening of spirituality came when I was 6, when I was moved from my grandmother and sent to live with my mother - whom I really did not know - who had moved to Milwaukee. Something inside myself knew that I was never going to see my grandmother again - I would be wasting my time to live in that space of wanting that. more...

I would say that during the time that I was 14 and pregnant - I didn't even know what pregnancy was when I got pregnant - I was trying to do everything I could to harm myself. I said to God, "God, if you want me to die, then you're going to have to kill me". more...

I would say my faith has become strengthened every time I have faced what I considered to be a trial, and there is no greater trial than being 14 and pregnant and not even knowing what it is. more...

There were lots of little boys having their bar mitzvahs all over the world, and they sent me tapes of some of them that they interviewed, probably six or seven little boys, and there was something about Mendel. I just loved his little face. I loved the energy of Mendel. more...

I don't want to have to get the lesson of losing [things like health and moving about freely] to appreciate what it was. more...

I'm not one of those people who is trying to act like I don't sleep. I used to be like, "Oh, I only need four hours." Now I need exactly 5 1/2 to 6 in order to feel like I've done well. more...

When I was going through menopause, I didn't sleep. I didn't sleep for two years and ended up blowing out my thyroid, and I became nonfunctional. It's difficult to remain fully present if I'm not getting enough sleep, so I work at getting enough. more...

I'm definitely not a traditionalist, because a traditionalist would be going to church every Sunday. more...

I still love church. My favorite church service is T.D. Jakes at the Potter's House. I don't think there is a better preacher in the country. His ability to interpret scripture is like no other. more...

I also like some of Joel Osteen's work. I think he's now doing a book about one of my favorite sermons of his, "The Power of 'I Am.' " I just love that sermon. more...

I felt that it was deeply moving and profound, and of course everybody was like, "Oh, the president [Barack Obama] can sing!" Maybe a little off key! I actually think that the sermon reinforced the very nature of the grace that the victims' families had shown to the world. more...

My response is that I love the church. more...

I love what the church offers to us as a culture - black people in particular. We would be nowhere without the black church. more...

For me to live in a world that is not inclusive of other people who are not Christian would be the opposite of Christianity. more...

I can't define "God," so to be open to the mystical and mystery of God is a natural part of myself. So people criticize me for not being what they are, and I say, it's working for me and has worked for me and continues to work for me, in a way that fills me with a sense of peace and contentment about what God means to me. more...

I believe I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future. I know who and what holds the future. I trust that beyond this space and time, all is well, and all will be well. more...

Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. more...

You cannot be loving when you are blaming. You cannot be loving when you are criticising. You cannot be loving when you are judging. more...

Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so. more...

You become excellent, and when you become excellent, no-one can take that away from you. more...

The work of your life is to discover your purpose and get on with the business of living it out. more...

It doen't matter what you've been through, where you come from... none of that matters. What matters is how you choose to love, how you choose to express that love through your work, through your family, through what you have to give to the world... more...

If you live in the past and allow the past to define who you are, then you never grow. more...

What I have learned in my life and work is that the more I am able to be myself, the more it enables other people to be themselves. more...

In God, I move and breathe and have my being. more...

Have a similar outlook as a monarch. A ruler is not reluctant to come up short. Disappointment is an alternate steppingstone to significance. more...

To play down mothering as small is to crack the very foundation on which greatness stands. more...

I've often called mothers the greatest spiritual teachers in the world. more...

One of the truths I most deeply believe is that everything in life - everything - is energy. Within every one of us is the energy that makes the sun rise every day and keeps the planets aligned. It's there, already inside of you, waiting for you to know it. And when you tap in with that connection, that source, that miraculous energy, what I know for sure is that the universe rises up to meet you in unimaginable ways and help you create the life that you want. more...

Make the right decision even when nobody's looking and you will always turn out okay. more...

My reaction is that free speech not only lives, it rocks! more...

I will continue to use my voice. I believed from the beginning that was an attempt to muzzle my voice, and I come from a people who have struggled and died in order to have a voice in this country. And I refused to be muzzled. more...

I'm still off hamburgers. more...

I understand why people think we're gay. There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it - how can you be this close without it being sexual? more...

What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction. more...

I know where my lane is, and I know how to stay in my lane. My lane is evolving the consciousness of people. more...

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters. more...

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it. more...

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work. more...

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams. more...

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes. more...

We are each responsible for our own life - no other person is or even can be. more...

Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power. more...

Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself. more...

There's no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things! more...

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus. more...

I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit's way of whispering, I'm in flux. I can't decide for you. Something is off-balance here. more...

I believe that [everyone] is the keeper of a dream - and by tuning into one another's secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers. more...

Often we don't even realize who we're meant to be because we're so busy trying to live out someone else's ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny. more...

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a different way to stand. more...

It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn - which is what life is all about. more...

Difficulties come when you don't pay attention to life's whisper. Life always whispers to you first, but if you ignore the whisper, sooner or later you'll get a scream. more...

Feelings are really your GPS system for life. When your supposed to do something, or not supposed to do something, your emotional guidance system lets you know. more...

Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you. more...

If it doesn't feel right, don't do it. That's the lesson. That lesson alone, will save you a lot of grief. Even doubt means don't. more...

Inner wisdom is more important than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain. more...

Life is a reciprocal exchange. To move forward, you have to give back. more...

Nobody's journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It's just life's way of saying, Time to change course. more...

Walk through life eager and open to self-improvement and that which is going to best help you evolve, because that's really why were here: to evolve as human beings. more...

When you don't know what to do, get still. Get very still until you do know what to do. more...

Always continue the climb. It is possible for you to do whatever you, choose, if you first get to know who you are and are willing to work with a power that is greater than ourselves to do it. more...

I think I try to speak to the heart of the woman who I know is interested in growing into herself. more...

I think that the idea of reaching young girls that are in college is something that we are strongly open to because who better wants to know how to live a more purposeful life than people who are starting out? more...

I think I do speak to all ages, but the emphasis is, unlike everybody else who is chasing the Millennials, I'm not chasing the Millennials. more...

I don't know what kind of egomaniac is sitting at home thinking about the impact they have had on the culture. It's not something I actually think about until it comes up. more...

I was in a conversation and someone said: "You know, we were talking about the whole issue of transgender and how it has become so accepted now, and somebody said, 'You know the Oprah show, I think has had a big impact.'" I said, I don't think so. We did several transgender [shows], but we didn't do as much for transgender as I did for, say, abused kids or battered women. And they said, "But no, you started the conversation. You started the conversation and the conversation has led us to here." more...

"Back in the day when I started - it's like I walked five miles to school in the snow barefooted" - there were three channels.I don't know what I would do. more...

I tried documentaries.It wasn't the time for me. I was going to try to do the same thing, I did make a valiant attempt but it did not work - to do the same thing with documentaries that we had done with the book club [in 2011]. The zeitgeist wasn't ready. It just wasn't ready. more...

I'm always interested in people being able to share stories that allow us to see the landscape of human foibles, challenges, and ultimately triumph. more...

I interviewed - no - had lunch with Harper Lee several years ago, trying to convince Harper Lee to do "To Kill a Mockingbird" for the book club. She wouldn't do it. She said, "Honey, I said everything I wanted to say." more...

Interviewing people, I don't miss that at all. I do miss kibitzing with the audience because after every show I would spend half an hour to 40 minutes talking to people. more...

I do miss the people in the audience and the fun: "I came with my mother! And this is my mother!" I miss that. I miss: "My cousin and I came all the way from...." I miss that. I don't miss this - who is left to interview? more...

There's nobody who would be willing to do an interview on a regular basis that you can't go and Google and find out what has happened to them in the past week. There's nobody. more...

Improving your life does' have to be about changing everything - it's about making changes that count. more...

There's a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of being happy. Your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough. more...

You can have it all. You just can't have it all at one time. more...

I have crossed over on the backs of Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman and Fannie Lou Hamer and Madame C.J. Walker. Because of them I can now live the dream. I am the seed of the free, and I know it. I intend to bear great fruit. more...

Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings. more...

We are each responsible for our own life-no other person can be. more...

What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you. more...

If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race. more...

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and my maintaining focus. more...

I can't imagine I could have become the person I am now without books. Books became synonymous with freedom. They showed that you could open doors and walk through. more...

There's a surge, there's a kind of energy field that says, 'I'm in my groove, I'm in my groove.' and nobody has to tell you, 'You go, girl,' because you know you're already gone. more...

Life whispers to you all the time...from the time you wake up in the morning and with every single experience... more...

What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame your parents, your circumstances, because you are NOT your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything more...

Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way. more...

No matter where you are on your journey, that's exactly where you need to be. The next road is always ahead. more...

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. more...

You get to know who you really are in a crisis. more...

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance. more...

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself. more...

I've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you. more...

I became so frustrated with visiting inner-city schools (in America) that I just stopped going. The sense that you need to learn just isn't there. If you ask the kids what they want or need, they will say an iPod or some sneakers. In South Africa, they don't ask for money or toys. They ask for uniforms so they can go to school. more...

Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand. more...

Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection. more...

I didn't just fall off the wagon. I let the wagon fall on me. more...

I am a product of every other black woman before me who has done or said anything worthwhile. Recognizing that I am part of history is what allows me to soar. more...

I've been stopped cold from eating another burger! more...

It felt like a new day. more...

Well, I don't call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is, not the bearded guy in the sky. more...

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it. more...

The best of times is now. more...

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a new way to stand. more...

Dogs are my favorite role models. I want to work like a dog, doing what I was born to do with joy and purpose. I want to play like a dog, with total, jolly abandon. I want to love like a dog, with unabashed devotion and complete lack of concern about what people do for a living, how much money they have, or how much they weigh. The fact that we still live with dogs, even when we don't have to herd or hunt our dinner, gives me hope for humans and canines alike. more...

You get in life what you have the courage to ask for. more...

Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it. more...

I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself. more...

You don't become what you want, you become what you believe. more...

One if the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn. more...

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom. more...

If you're going to binge, literature is definitely the way to do it. more...

True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience. more...

The best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don't know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened. more...

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think. more...

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become. more...

The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. more...

Life is about becoming more of who you really are.... more...

Can I just tell you the truth? I get asked to do a lot of stuff. And all of the years that people have asked me to do things for the film festival, I couldn't. And so this year, I thought, "Oh, my god, I don't have a day job. If somebody ask me to do something, I'm going to do it." more...

I can honestly say that I'm not a person who thinks about awards, as much I think about the work itself. more...

So, The Color Purple changed my life. It changed everything about my life because, in that moment of praying and letting go, I really understood the principle of surrender. The principle of surrender is that, after you have done all that you can do, and you've done your best and given it your all, you then have to release it to whatever you call God, or don't call God. more...

I see all art as a complement to telling people's stories. I'm in the storytelling business. I believe that the humanity that all of us share is the stories of our lives, and everybody has a story. Your story is as important as the next person's story. more...

Anybody who has ever done anything knows that, when you believe, it doesn't matter what other people think. You just have to keep finding a way to align your vision with other people who will receive and accept your vision. And when the time is right, if it is for you, it will show itself, if you believe. more...

I am a person who lives my life based on intention. I don't do anything without intention because intention determines the outcome of your life. It's like cause and effect. more...

What you want to do is to get to the point where you only do what matters to you. The real goal in life is to become more of who you are, so that you can make the choices that really satisfy who you are and what you want to do. more...

You want to make decisions that are meaningful to you, and that are going to continue to enhance you being who you really are and what your message to the world is, and everybody has one. The real important thing is to know what that message is and how you want to carry that forward. more...

Your work speaks for you. Your art defines you. more...

Is it shocking that it's very difficult for a news organization to do news in America now? It's not shocking because we're a culture that doesn't want news. We want entertainment. We want info-tainment. That's why CNN is having problems. more...

One of the things that I encourage for anybody who is interested in their own charity or philanthropy is to start from where you are and what has mattered to you. more...

The big secret in life is there is no secret. Whatever your goal. You can get there if you're willing to work. more...

Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others. more...

I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes. more...

Your calling isn't something that somebody can tell you about. It's what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that is. You know it inside yourself. more...

You did the best you could, the best you knew how at the time." It was something like that. From Oprah on an Oprah show. Then I believe my quote above was from Maya Angelou on the Oprah show, not Oprah herself. I had heard it before but it was on Oprah's show again 1-7-09 and she said Maya had said it. more...

It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb. more...

To love yourself is a never-ending journey. more...

I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time. more...

Some women have a weakness for shoes... I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books. more...

With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice. more...

My idea is to give hope, because where there is no hope, there is no vision, and where there is no vision, people will perish. more...

You look at yourself and you accept yourself for who you are, and once you accept yourself for who you are you become a better person. more...

If you seek what is honorable, what is good, what is the truth of your life, all the other things you could not imagine come as a matter of course. more...

You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. more...

Even as a kid, my memories are of books taking me out of myself. more...

I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another. And I know for sure that there is no them - there's only us. more...

A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A mentor is someone who allows you to know that no matter how dark the night, in the morning joy will come. A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden to your own view. more...

You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your big dream regardless of what anyone says. You are the only person alive who can see your big picture and even you can't see it all. more...

I tried to empty myself and let the spirit of Sethe inhabit me. more...

What dogs? These are my children, little people with fur who make my heart open a little wider. more...

I have created a life by stepping out of the box of people's limitations. I call it zigging when others are zagging. more...

I always knew I'd be a millionaire by age thirty-two. In fact, I am going to be the richest black woman in America. more...

Be quiet. Part of your responsibility is to honour the quiet inside yourself so you can hear the call. more...

Take five minutes to centre yourself in the morning...set your intention every day...if you don't have five minutes, you don't deserve to have the life of your dreams. more...

It took a lot of courage to take the high road, but I would rather be significant with six million people watching a show with meaning, than everyone watching a show with no meaning. more...

If you believe you can only go so far, it is an obstacle. more...

My constant focus is on being better. Should I be doing multimedia video production? Or seminars on the Internet? How can I do what I'm already doing in a more forceful way? more...

Making other people happy is what brings me happiness. I have a blessed life, and I have always shared my life's gifts with others. I will continue to use my voice and my life as a catalyst for encouraging people to help make a difference in the lives of others. more...

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. more...

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. more...

Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it. more...

The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams. more...

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. more...

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not. more...

Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough. more...

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. more...

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. more...

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. more...

I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes. more...

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. more...

I don't think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good. more...

Turn your wounds into wisdom. more...

The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me. more...

I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life. more...

When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes. more...

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right. more...

It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control. more...

You CAN have it all. You just can't have it all at once. more...

Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment. more...

I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull. more...

What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives. more...

Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. more...

Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. more...

My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here. more...

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it. more...

I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear. more...

I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. more...

I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity. more...

So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground. more...

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment. more...

I always knew I was destined for greatness. more...

Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. more...

I'm sick of people sittin' in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape... then we have our experts on the topic... I'm in the 'What's next?' phase of my career. more...

For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. more...

As you become more clear about who you really are, you'll be better able to decide what is best for you - the first time around. more...

I remember a specific moment, watching my grandmother hang the clothes on the line, and her saying to me, 'you are going to have to learn to do this,' and me being in that space of awareness and knowing that my life would not be the same as my grandmother's life. more...

Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. more...

I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly. more...

The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free. more...

I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier. more...

If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit. more...

My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with. more...

It's much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That's the truth. more...

What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come. more...

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi. more...

I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life. more...

I'm black, I don't feel burdened by it and I don't think it's a huge responsibility. It's part of who I am. It does not define me. more...

It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters is that you are here. more...

If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. more...

I'm not even kind of a lesbian. more...

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. more...

Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. more...

I don't yell at people, I don't mistreat people. I don't talk down to people, so no one else in this building, in this vicinity, has the right to do it. more...

No experience is wasted. Everything in life is happening to grow you up, to fill you up, to help you become more of who you were created to be. more...

It has become harder and harder to find books on a monthly basis that I feel absolutely compelled to share, .. I will continue featuring books on the 'Oprah Winfrey Show' when I feel they merit my heartfelt recommendation. more...

I know I'm a person who's been bugged for years about the up and down weight thing. more...

Nothing happens until you decide. more...

Time isn't the enemy. Fear of change is. Accept that nothing lasts forever and you'll start to appreciate the advantages of whatever age you are now. more...

If I say, 'Oh nice,' about seven times in the same show, things aren't going well. more...

I am not in the closet. I am not coming out of the closet. I am not gay. more...

Whenever I'm faced with a difficult decision, I ask myself, 'What would I do if I weren't afraid of making a mistake? Feeling rejected? looking foolish? Or being alone?' I know for sure that when you remove the fear, the answer that you've been searching for comes into focus and as you walk into your fear, you should know for sure that your deepest struggle can, if you're willing and open, produce your greatest strength. more...

She is the mother I never had, she is the sister everybody would want. She is the friend that everybody deserves. I don't know a better person. more...

The choices we've made throughout our lives affect whatever happens to us in any given moment. more...

There were no ugly people in Ethiopia more...

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are. more...

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down. more...

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. more...

Your true passion should feel like breathing; it's that natural. more...

Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth. more...

What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it. more...

There are no mistakes in life! more...

Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the door bell more...

Happiness is there for the taking - and the making. more...

Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power. more...

The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now. And the more grateful you are, the more you get. more...


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