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Oprah Winfrey

"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."

Oprah Winfrey, in Woman's Day (1988)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Brian Lanker, I Dream a World (1989)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Ladies' Home Journal (1990)

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"I had given this man the power over my life. And I will never, never -- as long as I am black! -- I will never give up my power to another person."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"... 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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"Books were my path to personal freedom. I learned to read at age 3 and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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"Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness."

Oprah Winfrey, in Nellie Bly, Oprah: Up Close and Down Home (1993)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Ladies' Home Journal (1994)

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"I looked in the refrigerator one day and nearly died. I saw broccoli in there that had hair all over it and was moving. I called Security for help."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"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?"

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. The more you complain, the more you find fault, the more misery and fault you will have to find."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"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. "

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"Once you understand that God is the center of the universe, it's all very simple. Not a day goes by that I don't say, 'Thank you. I'm truly blessed.'"

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Bill Adler, ed., The Uncommon Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey (1997)

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"Life is about becoming more than we are."

Oprah Winfrey, interview (1998)

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"My goal is always, how do you get better?"

Oprah Winfrey, in Ladies' Home Journal (1999)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Merrell Noden, People Profiles (1999)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, 1994, in Merrell Noden, People Profiles (1999)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, 1994, in Merrell Noden, People Profiles (1999)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in O: The Oprah Magazine (2001)

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"The ultimate comfort zone is within."

Oprah Winfrey, in O: The Oprah Magazine (2001)

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"... failure is defined by our reaction to it. ... Failure is just a way for our lives to show us that we're moving in the wrong direction, that we should try something different. It holds no more power than we give it."

Oprah Winfrey, in O: The Oprah Magazine (2001)

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"I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly."

Oprah Winfrey, in Janet Lowe, Oprah Winfrey Speaks (2001)

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"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, in Linda Paresky, ed., From Success to Significance (2002)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in O: The Oprah Magazine (2003)

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"My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with."

Oprah Winfrey, 1985, in People (2004)

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"Alone time is when I recharge and go back to my center, distancing myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own with clarity."

Oprah Winfrey, O's Guide to Life (2007)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Marianne Ruuth, Oprah Winfrey (2008)

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"I don't believe in failure. It's not failure if you enjoyed the process."

Oprah Winfrey, in Marianne Ruuth, Oprah Winfrey (2008)

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"Mr. Right's coming, but he's in Africa, and he's walking! "

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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"When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes."

Oprah Winfrey, in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess (2008)

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"Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but you want someone who'll help you catch the bus."

Oprah Winfrey, in Jen Jones, Oprah Winfrey: Celebrity With Heart (2010)

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

Oprah Winfrey

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

Oprah Winfrey

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"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."

Oprah Winfrey

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"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."

Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey, U.S. talk show host, producer, actor, businesswoman, activist
(1954 - )

Full name:Oprah Gail Winfrey.