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Oprah Winfrey Quotes

Updated on March 16, 2014

A Troubled Youth

Oprah Gail Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi on January 29, 1954. Showing signs of an exceptional IQ by the age of three, Oprah Winfrey was able to recite from the Bible and children's books. She was able to get through a troubled childhood and adolescence to later move to Nashville, Tennessee to live with her father, Vernon.

Oprah entered Tennessee State University in 1971, majoring in Speech Communications and Performing Arts. While living in Nashville, she also started working in radio and television broadcasting.

In 1976 she moved to Baltimore, as host of the TV talk show, People Are Talking , which was a hit and Oprah stayed with the show for eight years. A Chicago TV station offered her a job she couldn't turn down as a host to her own morning show, A.M. Chicago .

Oprah Quotes

~ Turn your wounds into wisdom. ~

~ Where there is no struggle, there is no strength. ~

~ Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. ~

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

~ You CAN have it all. You just can't have it all at once. ~

~ Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself. ~

~ Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself. ~

~ So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground. ~

~ I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process. ~

~ Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. ~

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

~ When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. ~

Loved By Viewers

Oprah Winfrey's open, kind-hearted, and genuine style took A.M. Chicago from last place to first place in ratings (more than Donahue) in only a matter of months. Her success on A.M. Chicago led to her role in the 1985 hit movie, The Color Purple .

In 1986, the Oprah Winfrey Show aired as a nationally syndicated program, and with an audience of ten million people, it's no wonder the show grossed $125 million in its first year. Oprah's cut of the first year of earnings for the show was $30 million.

Oprah Quotes

~ What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. ~

~ If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.~

~ You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.~

~ Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility. ~

~ The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate. ~

~ Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure. ~

~ The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be. ~

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

~ The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. ~

Oprah's Farewell Surprise

Keeping Her Standards High

Oprah Winfrey vowed that she would not turn her show into a trashy, tabloid style that many other talk show hosts began adopting in 1994. Initially, the shows ratings dropped, yet Oprah held fast to her promise, earning her the respect she still has today from fans across the globe, and sending ratings through the roof.

Now that the Oprah Winfrey Show is in its 25th and final season, will daytime television ever be like it was before Oprah? Probably not. The Queen of Daytime TV has warmed the hearts and touched the souls of so many people in so many ways. She has also provided quote lovers some great quotes!

Oprah Quotes

~ I’ve learned not to worry about what might come next. ~

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

~ If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are. ~

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

~ Duct tape is like the force. It has a light side, a dark side, and it holds the universe together. ~

~ Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness. ~

~ Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have. ~

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

~ 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. ~


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