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25 Inspirational Oprah Winfrey Quotes

Often hailed as the "Queen of All Media," as well as one of the most influential people in the world, Oprah Winfrey is undoubtedly an icon of entrepreneurship: From very humble beginnings in rural Mississippi, Winfrey went on to become the first woman in history to own and produce her own talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show and founded her own film and television production company, Harpo Productions Inc.

Winfrey is best known for the wisdom she shares on life, leadership, and coping with adversity.


1.“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey


2.“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” Oprah Winfrey


3.“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” Oprah Winfrey


4.“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.” Oprah Winfrey


5.“True forgiveness is when you can say, "Thank you for that experience.” Oprah Winfrey


6.“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey


7.“If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.” Oprah Winfrey


8.“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” Oprah Winfrey


9.“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. ” Oprah Winfrey


10.“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it.” Oprah Winfrey


11.“Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. ” Oprah Winfrey


12.“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey


13.“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” Oprah Winfrey


14.“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” Oprah Winfrey


15.“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.” Oprah Winfrey


16.“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.” Oprah Winfrey


17.“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.” Oprah Winfrey

Make a choice

18.“One of the hardest things in life to learn is which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” Oprah Winfrey

Believe in yourself

19.“You don't become what you want, you become what you believe.” Oprah Winfrey

Make love in life

20.“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.” Oprah Winfrey

Being smart in life

21.“Some women have a weakness for shoes... I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.” Oprah Winfrey

Get to know yourself

22.“You get to know who you really are in a crisis.” Oprah Winfrey

Fighting problems

23.“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.” Oprah Winfrey

Choose a friend

24.“I don't want anyone who doesn't want me.” Oprah Winfrey

Be Generous With Yourself

25.“Step Away from the Mean Girls… …and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks. 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. This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line 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 toward transforming your experience of the world.” Oprah Winfrey
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