When it comes to famous names and influential people, virtually all of you will be familiar with the name Oprah Winfrey.
Oprah is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the most influential and powerful women to ever walk the face of the earth.
Oprah is a multi-billionaire, a philanthropist, an entrepreneur, an author, a talk show host, and a downright awesome human being.
And before giving the top inspiring Oprah Winfrey quotes, let’s see who is Oprah?
Here’s a look at who the real Oprah Winfrey is.
Who Is Oprah Winfrey?
Oprah Gail Winfrey was born on January 29th, 1954 in Mississippi.
Many people fondly refer to her as the ‘first lady of talk shows’.
Oprah is a woman of many talents and has tried her hand at virtually every aspect of entertainment imaginable.
She is an actress, a talk show host, an author, a philanthropist, a producer, an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker, a media executive, and much more besides.
Though she has many strings to her bow, most people know her best for her award-winning work on her talk show ‘the Oprah Winfrey show’.
The show didn’t just win awards, it made history as, at the time, it became the highest-rated TV show in history.
In fact, from 1986 through to 2011, the show was nationally syndicated in the city of Chicago.
Oprah herself made history in the late 20th century when she became the richest African American of the 20th century.
As if that wasn’t enough, she also became the very first black billionaire in North America.
With countless accolades to her name, including being voted the most influential woman in the world, and being the greatest black philanthropist in American history, it’s safe to say that the world has never seen anybody quite like Oprah, nor will it again for a very long time.
Rags To Riches Story
Growing up in Mississippi, Oprah was born to an unwed teenage mother.
Interestingly, she was born ‘Orpah’ not ‘Oprah’ as she was named after a biblical figure.
Because so many mispronounced her name and misspelled her name, Oprah just kind of stuck.
Oprah had a troubled childhood as she grew up in poverty and would regularly be forced to move from state to state with her mother.
She was temporarily sent to live with her father in Tennessee for a few years before being forced to live with her mother once more.
Oprah has stated publicly that, as a child, she was molested by her uncle, cousin, and a family friend.
At 13 she ran away from home and at 14 she attended Lincoln High School in Milwaukee.
After moving back with her father, Vernon, Oprah began studying hard and focussing on her grades.
At 17 she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant, and as a result, her local news radio station hired her to work as an on-air news anchor.
This was her first foray into the world of media, and as the years went by, things began to pick up from there.
Now, she is one of the world’s richest and most influential people in the world. Oprah Winfrey’s tale really is a classic ‘rags to riches’ story if ever there was one.
So let’s see the top motivational Oprah Winfrey Quotes
47 Inspiring Oprah Winfrey Quotes
“You can have it all. Just not all at once” – Oprah Winfrey
“Turn your wounds into wisdom” – 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
“Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” – 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
“One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” – Oprah Winfrey
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” – 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
“You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.” – Oprah Winfrey
“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” – Oprah Winfrey
“It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.” – Oprah Winfrey
“You are where you are in life because of what you believe is possible for yourself”. – Oprah Winfrey
“I don’t believe in failure. It’s not a failure if you enjoy the process.” – Oprah Winfrey
“So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.” – Oprah Winfrey
“When people show you who they are… believe them!” – Oprah Winfrey
“Right is coming, but he’s in Africa and he’s walking.” – 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
“It all boils down to one thing… It is your relationship to the source, and that relationship to that which we call God, or don’t call God, or don’t even know… is God.” – 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
“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
“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
“Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I would like to thank people who’ve brought me those dark moments, when I felt most wounded, betrayed. You have been my greatest teachers.” – 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, where 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
“My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.” – Oprah Winfrey
“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.” – Oprah Winfrey
“It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always.” – 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
“Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail.” – Oprah Winfrey
“I don’t want anyone who doesn’t want me.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” – Oprah Winfrey
“You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.” – Oprah Winfrey
“If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.” – Oprah Winfrey
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” – Oprah Winfrey
“No matter where you are on your journey, that’s exactly where you need to be, the next road is always ahead.” – 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
“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
“If you don’t heal the wounds of your childhood, you bleed into the future.” – Oprah Winfrey
“There is no greater gift you can give or receive than to honor your calling. It’s why you were born. And how you become most truly alive.” – Oprah Winfrey
“The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Everybody had a story. And there is something to be learned from every experience.” – Oprah Winfrey
“Follow your feelings. If it feels right, move forward. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.” – Oprah Winfrey
“The greatest lesson of life is that you are responsible for your life.” – Oprah Winfrey
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