You cannot wait for someone to save you, to help you, to complete you. No one can complete you. You complete yourself.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Move with the flow. Don't fight the current. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. Don't try to carry it.
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.
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.
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.
I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 and to find a way to do that thing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
My whole reason for creating a network is literally to bring little pieces of light. It's to continue to spread little pieces of light in the world, to illuminate the possibility of the human spirit.
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.
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.
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.
You must feed your mind with reading material, thoughts, and ideas that open you to new possibilities.
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.
As long as other people's opinions matter more than your own, you're owned by them. You're not even free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Real success means creating a life of meaning through service that fulfills your reason for being here.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let excellence be your brand... When you are excellent, you become unforgettable.
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.
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.
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.
Even the wildest dreams have to start somewhere. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly.
Failure is just a way for our lives to show us we're moving in the wrong direction, that we should try something different.
Your life is a journey of learning to love yourself first and then extending that love to others in every encounter.
The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?
With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.
The big secret in life is that there is no secret. Whatever is your goal, you can get there if you are willing to work.
When I look at the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes.
When I look at the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes!
Eating more consciously now feels like a way of being. I actually think about how my food got to my plate.
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.
If you're constantly pushing yourself higher, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing happens until you decide.
Nothing happens until you decide. Make a decision and watch your life move forward.
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.
Women of South Africa are some of the most powerful people on Earth. Change what you believe is possible for yourself.
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.
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.
Whatever our dreams, ideas, or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it -- and then reap the fruits of our labors.
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.
What you focus on expands, and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.
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.
Everyone wants 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.
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.
True forgiveness is when you can say, Thank you for that experience.
True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience".
The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance.
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.
Don't back down just to keep the peace. Standing up for your beliefs builds self-confidence and self-esteem.
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.
We create stress for ourselves because you feel like you have to do it. You have to. I don't feel that anymore.
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.
Books were my pass to personal freedom.
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and there discovered was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you.
What did you learn is always first and best question.
I hope the way you spend your money is in line with the truth of who you are and what you care about. I hope that your money brings joy to you and the ones you love. And I hope you use it as a powerful force for good to fulfill your best intentions.
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.
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.
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.
You are who you are at this moment because of everything that's ever happened to you, everything that you carried forward for yourself.
No matter who we are or what we look like or what we may believe, it is both possible and, more importantly, it becomes powerful to come together in common purpose and common effort.
You're either humble or you're not. If you were a jerk before the fame, you just become a jerk with a bigger spotlight. Whoever you are really comes through.
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.
The goal of my shows, my interviews, my business, my philanthropy, all of it, whatever ventures I might pursue, would be to make clear that what unites us is ultimately far more redeeming and compelling than anything that separates me.
Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You'll see the difference it makes.
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.
You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you're responsible for the energy that you bring to others.
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.
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.
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.
Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now.
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.
Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn't simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it's a story about who you want to be.
Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God's way of moving you in another direction.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.