Quintessential Quotes – The Words and Wisdom of Oprah Winfrey

I’m not sure there is a place on the planet one could go without someone knowing the name Oprah Winfrey.  She’s been called the most influential woman in the world, the queen of all media, she’s a self-made billionaire, and her story is an amazing tale of rags to riches.

Born into poverty in Mississippi, Oprah had a very difficult childhood.  She was molested by family members, got pregnant at 14, then lost the baby.  Her mother struggled to provide for her, so Oprah was shipped off to live with others people, taking her from Mississippi to Wisconsin and then Tennessee.  But she had her sights set on more.

Oprah decided in High School she wanted to be on television.  She began in local media and took a variety of on-air jobs in Nashville, Baltimore and Chicago.  While some wrote her off  early in her career, Oprah silenced the critics when The Oprah Winfrey Show became the #1 daytime talk show in the U.S.

Her list of accomplishments is astounding:

  • Film and television actress and  producer
  • Academy Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress in the film The Color Purple
  • Co-author of five books
  • Publisher of two magazines, O, The Oprah Magazine and O At Home
  • Radio show host for The Oprah Winfrey Show
  • Owns her own television network, OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Host of the popular television show and podcast, SuperSoul Sunday

Here are some of the wonderful words and wisdom of Oprah Winfrey.

“The single greatest thing you can do to change your life today would be to start being grateful for what you have right now.”

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

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

“Seek to be whole, not perfect.”

“Failure is a great teacher.  If you’re open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.”

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life , because you become what you believe.”

“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.”

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

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

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

“The smallest change in perspective can transform a life.  What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around?”

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