Great Quotes by Oprah Winfrey that Will Empower You



“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

Oprah is a wealth of wisdom and a great source of inspirational quotes.

You can learn a lot about Oprah and her insights through her quotable quotes.  Oprah is a great example of driving life from the fundamental questions, “Who do you want to be?” and, “What experiences do you want to create?”

What comes across for me is that Oprah built strong pillars in determination, gratitude, and growth to support her through life.

Maybe, perhaps, the most significant thing we learn from Oprah is how empowering or limiting your belief in yourself can actually be.

For Oprah, she believed she was destined for greatness and that’s exactly the path she chose to drive her life from.


Top 10 Oprah Winfrey Quotes

Here are my top 10 favorite Oprah Winfrey quotes:

  1. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
  2. “Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.”
  3. “I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.”
  4. “The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
  5. “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.”
  6. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
  7. “We are each responsible for our own life – no other person is or even can be.”
  8. “What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.”
  9. “What I know for sure is that if you want success, you can’t make success your goal.  The key is not to worry about being successful, but to instead work toward being significant, and the success will naturally follow.”
  10. “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”


“Be more splendid, more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.”

“Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself.”

“I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.”

“I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit’s way of whispering, “I’m in flux. I can’t decide for you. Something is off-balance here.”

“I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.”

“It’s much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That’s the truth.”

“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.”

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

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

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

Dreams / Destiny / Purpose

“Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it’s right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.”

“Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.”

“I believe that everyone is the keeper of a dream – and by tuning into one another’s secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.”

“I knew there was a way out. I knew there was another kind of life because I had read about it. I knew there were other places, and there was another way of being.”

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

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

“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.”

“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.”

“Often we don’t even realize who we’re meant to be because we’re so busy trying to live out someone else’s ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.”

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

“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.”

“Use what you have to run toward your best – that’s how I now live my life.”

“You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.”

Giving / Gratitude

“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.”

“I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life.”

“I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.”

“Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life’s blessings.”

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

“What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.”


“Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a different way to stand.”

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

“I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.”

“Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.”

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

“You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.”

Fear / Failure

“Do the one thing you think you cannot do. Fail at it. Try again. Do better the second time. The only people who never tumble are those who never mount the high wire. This is your moment. Own it.”

“Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us.”

“I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”

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

“It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn – which is what life is all about.”

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

“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.”

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

“You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.”

Identity / Individuality

“All these years I’ve been feeling like I was growing into myself. Finally, I feel grown.”

“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.”

“Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.”

“I always knew I was destined for greatness.”

“I don’t think of myself as a poor deprived ghetto girl who made good. I think of myself as somebody who from an early age knew I was responsible for myself, and I had to make good.”

“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.”

“I’m black, I don’t feel burdened by it and I don’t think it’s a huge responsibility. It’s part of who I am. It does not define me.”

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

“In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, How am I of value? What is my worth? Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright.”

“Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.”

“Partake of some of life’s sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself.”

“Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn’t changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I’m just wearing better shoes.”

“What we’re all striving for is authenticity, a spirit-to-spirit connection.”

Opportunity / Possibility

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

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

“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.”

“Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.”

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

“When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes.”

Passion / Energy

“Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.”

“I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.”

“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.”

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


“I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.”

“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.”

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

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

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


“For every one of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out.”

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”

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

“I’ve learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.”

“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.”

“There’s no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things!”

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

“What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people’s lives.”

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  1. Hi JD .. Oprah is one amazing woman .. that’s probably enough said here – I don’t think I’ve ever really watched her .. but obviously caught a few brief snippets over the years .. and she is one inspirational lady.

    Cheers Hilary

  2. @ Hilary — Oprah Winfrey really is a leader of leaders. I think that keeps her strong and keeps her real is that she is self-made and has worked her way up through the school of hard knocks.

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