110+ Oprah Winfrey Quotes That Will Motivate & Empower You

110+ Oprah Winfrey Quotes That Will Motivate & Empower You

Oprah Winfrey is an American television producer, actress, author, and popular talk show host.

She was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and received honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard in 2013.

Winfrey is best known for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," a talk show with one of the highest-rated television programs out there.

We've put together an incredible collection of Oprah Winfrey quotes to read.

Here they are:

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List of Inspiring Oprah Winfrey Quotes

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“When I look at the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes!”― Oprah Winfrey


“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.”― Oprah Winfrey


“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”― Oprah Winfrey


“So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.”― Oprah Winfrey


“It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Wherever you are in your journey, I hope you, too, will keep encountering challenges. It is a blessing to be able to survive them, to be able to keep putting one foot in front of the other—to be in a position to make the climb up life’s mountain, knowing that the summit still lies ahead. And every experience is a valuable teacher.”― Oprah Winfrey


“In the mist of Difficulty lies Opportunity.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“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.And I know for sure that in the final analysis of our lives- when the to-do lists are no more, when the frenzy is finished, when our e-mail inboxes are empty- the only thing that will have any lasting value is whether we’ve loved others and whether they’ve loved us.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“You are where you are in life because of what you believe is possible for yourself”― Oprah Winfrey


“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


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


“Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“I don’t want anyone who doesn’t want me.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“Bravery shows up in everyday life when people have the courage to live their truth, their vision and their dreams.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


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


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey “Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you. What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Don’t worry about being successful, but work toward being significant and the success will naturally follow.”― Oprah Winfrey


“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”― Oprah Winfrey


“If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


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


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


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“When people show you who they are … believe them!”― Oprah Winfrey


“I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we’re not wise enough to see it.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Even people who believe they deserve to be happy and have nice things often don’t feel worthy once they have them.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Turn your wounds into wisdom.'”― Oprah Winfrey


“Use your life to serve the world, and you will find that it also serves you.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


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


“I don’t believe in failure. It’s not failure if you enjoy the process.”― Oprah Winfrey


“My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.’”― Oprah Winfrey


“I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth”― Oprah Winfrey


“You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“I would like to thank the people who’ve brought me those dark moments, when I felt most wounded, betrayed. You have been my greatest teachers.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment”― Oprah Winfrey


“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance — and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“Whatever our dreams, ideas, or projects, we plant a seed, nurture it — and then reap the fruits of our labors.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the door bell.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


“The big secret in life is there is no secret. Whatever your goal. You can get there if you’re willing to work.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“Meditate. Breathe consciously. Listen. Pay attention. Treasure every moment. Make the connection.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“Where there is no struggle there is no strength.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“The more thankful I became, the more my bounty increased. That’s because – for sure – what you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in life, you create more of it.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“Listen to the rhythm of your own calling, and follow that.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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.”― Oprah Winfrey


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


“To love yourself is a never-ending journey.”― Oprah Winfrey


“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”― Oprah Winfrey


“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.”― Oprah Winfrey


“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


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


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


“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


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


“One if the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.”― Oprah Winfrey


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