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114 Inspirational Oprah Winfrey Quotes to Push You Towards Success

Karabo Baloyi
Jun 20, 2022
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As a trailblazer in the talk show industry, Oprah Winfrey has become one of the most successful women in media. Along the way, she has imparted some of the most memorable nuggets of wisdom that continue to inspire others today. Here are 114 inspirational quotes from this queen that will definitely push you towards your success.

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Oprah's meteoric rise to success began when she was 17 and won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She was offered an on-air job at "WVOL," a radio station serving the African American community in Nashville.

Over the coming decades, she soared with one of the most successful talk shows in history and acting roles in several successful films. She even founded the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011.

Throughout her success, Oprah has imparted some of the most sound advice to help others achieve their dreams and claim their success. Here are 114 quotes from this first African American female billionaire that will push you to greater heights.

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES ABOUT COURAGE

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

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“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

“You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“Anything you can imagine, you can create.” — Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You can have it all, just not all at once.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You can have it all, just not all at once.” | Image: AmoDays

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“The only courage you will need is the courage to live the life you are meant to. When you’re open to receiving them, the possibilities just keep on coming.” — Oprah Winfrey

“If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” — Oprah Winfrey

OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES ABOUT SUCCESS

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” | Image: AmoDays

“Passion is the log that keeps the fire of purpose blazing.” — Oprah Winfrey

“You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being. You want to max out your humanity by using your energy to lift yourself up, your family, and the people around you.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“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

 Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

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

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

“You can have it all, just not all at once.” — Oprah Winfrey

OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES ABOUT LIVING YOUR MOST AUTHENTIC LIFE

“You cannot hate other people without hating yourself.” — 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

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” | Image: AmoDays

“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

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“The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Don’t settle for a relationship that won’t let you be yourself.” — 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

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

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.” | Image: AmoDays

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

“If you don’t heal the wounds of your childhood, you bleed into the future.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“Learn from every mistake, because every experience, encounter, and particularly your mistakes are there to teach you and force you into being more of who you are.” — Oprah Winfrey

“When you live with an open heart, unexpected, joyful things happen.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” | Image: AmoDays

"The smallest change in perspective can transform a life. What tiny attitude adjustment might turn your world around.” — Oprah Winfrey

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“That’s the gift of gratitude: In order to feel it, your ego has to take a backseat.” — Oprah Winfrey

Align your personality with your purpose, and no one can touch you.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Life is reciprocal – the energy you expand always comes back.” — Oprah Winfrey

“As long as I’ve got a voice and a vote, I can use them to help lift up humankind and human consciousness.” — Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You define your own life. Don’t let other people write your script.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Look inward — the loving begins with you.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Turn your wounds into wisdom.” — 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

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

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.” | Image: AmoDays

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WISEST OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES

“Knowing your deepest intention can be your guiding force in the creation of a better life.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.” — 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

“If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is. Don’t stay because you think ‘it will get better.’ You’ll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better. The only person you can control in a relationship is you.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

“Alone time is when I distance myself from the voices of the world so I can hear my own.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“When you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Follow your feelings. If it feels right, move forward. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.” — Oprah Winfrey

“The best gift anyone can give, I believe, is the gift of sharing themselves.” — Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.” | Image: AmoDays

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“Move with the flow. Don’t fight the current. Resist nothing. Let life carry you. Don’t try to carry it.” — Oprah Winfrey

“If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.” — Oprah Winfrey

“When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice — your inner GPS guiding you to true North.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“What you put out is already on its way back to you.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Knowing your deepest intention can be your guiding force in the creation of a better life.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Knowing your deepest intention can be your guiding force in the creation of a better life.” | Image: AmoDays

“It’s the greatest discovery of life – to recognize that you’re more than your body and your mind.” — Oprah Winfrey

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“True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘thank you for that experience.’” — Oprah Winfrey

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

EMPOWERING OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES

“What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

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“The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you… Will you accept it? Do you feel worthy enough to accept it?” — Oprah Winfrey

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

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

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

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

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 Oprah Winfrey's quote: “One of the hardest things in life to learn is which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “One of the hardest things in life to learn is which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” | Image: AmoDays

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

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We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

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

“In the midst of difficulty lies opportunity.” — Oprah Winfrey

 Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.” | Image: AmoDays

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

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

“Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the doorbell.” — Oprah Winfrey

“I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: Amodays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: Amodays

“I look for the stillness beneath all of the noise of the world, where everything is timeless." — Oprah Winfrey

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

“If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Purpose is the thread that connects the dots to everything you do that leads you to an extraordinary life.” — Oprah Winfrey

OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES TO HELP IMPROVE CHARACTER

“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

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 Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” | Image: AmoDays

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

“The answers keep unfolding as your life expands, if you’re willing to see things for what they are — and what they can be.” — Oprah Winfrey

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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

“Our goal must be decency and respect for every human we encounter.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time.” | Image: AmoDays

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“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.” — Oprah Winfrey

"We have to make the choice — every single day — to exemplify the truth, the respect, and the grace that we wish for this world.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Where there is no struggle there is no strength.” — 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

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

 Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “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.” | Image: AmoDays

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

“The future of life as we know it is being determined by everything we’re doing — and not doing.” — 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

“Balance lives in the present. The surest way to lose your footing is to focus on what dreadful things might happen.” — Oprah Winfrey

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“What we dwell on is who we become.” — Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘thank you for that experience.’” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘thank you for that experience.’” | Image: AmoDays

“Whatever your reason for holding on to resentments, I know this for sure – There is none worth the price you pay in lost time.” — Oprah Winfrey

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“Everybody has a story. And there is something to be learned from every experience.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.” — Oprah Winfrey

“That’s what great books do, especially when shared. They shine a light on the unfolding of our own stories” — Oprah Winfrey

“Family should be the place where you can be your most complete self.” — Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” | Image: AmoDays

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OPRAH WINFREY QUOTES TO HELP YOU RISE AGAIN AFTER FAILURE

“No matter where you are on your journey, that’s exactly where you need to be, The next road is always ahead.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Failing is another stepping stone to greatness.” — Oprah Winfrey

“I don’t believe in failure. Failure is just information and an opportunity to change your course.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time.” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance.” | Image: AmoDays

"I don’t believe in failure. It’s not a failure if you enjoy the process.” — Oprah Winfrey

“The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.” — Oprah Winfrey

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

“The way through the challenge is to get still and ask yourself – What is the next right move?" — 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

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay.” | Image: AmoDays

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“All pain is the same; we just choose different ways to release it.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Everything passes if you learn to hold things lightly.” — Oprah Winfrey

“Change is the one constant we can all be sure of.” — 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

“Nobody’s journey is seamless or smooth. We all stumble. We all have setbacks. It’s just life’s way of saying ‘Time to change course.’” — Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah Winfrey's quote: “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.” | Image: AmoDays

Oprah's success is an inspiration to many people all over the world. But other than her financial success, she remains an authentic celebrity. She will go down in history books as one of the most successful people in the world.

If you found her nuggets of wisdom inspiring, reading these quotes from legendary women will empower you to reach for your dreams as well.

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