Oprah Quotes on Success, Self Esteem, Faith and More

Oprah Winfrey is one of the most famous women of all time and Oprah quotes are timeless. Below you will find a huge collections of quotes by Oprah on a variety of different topics. If you don’t see your favorite Oprah Winfrey quote, feel free to add it to the bottom of this page.

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Oprah Quotes and philosophies on life


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.

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

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


Life is about becoming more of who you really are.

The most you get is what you ask for.

Life is about growth and change. When you are no longer doing that — that is your whisper; that is your whisper that you are supposed to do something else

Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand

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

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

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

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



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

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

It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb

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

I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call
~ Oprah Quotes on life

Oprah quotes about gratitude and being grateful

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.

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


If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough

I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, but it hasn’t changed who I am.
~ Oprah Quotes on gratitude

Oprah Quotes on having a positive attitude


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

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


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

Understanding 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.

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

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

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even if we are not wise enough to see it

You don’t become what you want, you become what you believe

You are where you are in life because of what you believe is possible for yourself


Think like a queen. A queen if not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness
~ Oprah Quotes on a positive attitude

Oprah quotes on success

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.

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

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

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.

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


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

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

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.

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 feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.

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 your own life, but in other people’s lives.

What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.

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


For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out
~ Oprah Quotes on success

Oprah Quotes that inspire

oprah quotes that inspire

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.

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

The best of times is now


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

In the mist of Difficulty lies Opportunity

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

I do not believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.


It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you – always

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

Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.

If you want more, you have to require more from yourself.

At the end of the day, whether or not those people are comfortable with how you’re living your life doesn’t matter. What matters is whether you’re comfortable with it.

One of the hardest things in life to learn is which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn


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.

Use what you have to run towards your best; that’s how I now live my life.

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

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

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

Sometimes you make the right decision, sometimes you make the decision right.

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

Devote today to something so daring even you can’t believe you’re doing it


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

Turn your wounds into wisdom
~ Oprah Quotes that inspire

Oprah Quotes on faith and spirituality

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.

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


We are not Human Beings experiencing spiritual lives, we are spiritual beings experiencing human lives

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. It is ALL that really matters…when you surrender, and stop resisting, and stop trying to change that which you cannot change, but be in the moment, be fully open to the blessings you have already received, and those that are yet to come to you, and stand in that space of gratitude, and honor, and claim that for yourself, and look at where you are, and how far you have come, and what you’ve gotten, and what you’ve accomplished, and who you are. When you can claim ‘that’, and see that, the literal vibration of your life will change. The Vibration of Your Life Will Change

What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God’s way of pointing you in a new direction
~ Oprah Quotes on faith

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Oprah Quotes on self esteem and being true to yourself

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.

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.

When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue 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.

We can’t become what we need to be by remaining what we are

Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural

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

Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you.


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.

Your mistake does not define who you are…you are your possibilities

You aren’t your past, you are probability of your future

Don’t back down just to keep the peace. Standing up for your beliefs builds self-confidence and self-esteem

You’re only lonely if you’re not there for you.

It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.

You cannot be who and what you are unless you have a lifestyle, both internally and externally, that is designed to support that definition of self.

You get to know who you really are in a crisis

Self-esteem comes from being able to define the world in your own terms and refusing to abide by the judgments of others


Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth

You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on

To love yourself is a never-ending journey

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

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

You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your big dream regardless of what anyone says. You are the only person alive who can see your big picture and even you can’t see it all

You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world
~ Oprah Quotes on self esteem

Other Great Oprah Quotes


Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.

Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.

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


Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism.

I’ve always known that life is better when you share it. I now realize it gets even sweeter when you expand the circle

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

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

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.

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 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 that everyone is a 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.

My dad used to say, ‘You wouldn’t worry so much about what people thought about you if you knew how seldom they did’.

Awareness without action is worthless.

Anger is nothing more than an outward expression of hurt, fear and frustration.

It’s better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else.

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 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

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

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

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


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.

If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn’t want you, nothing can make him stay

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 best thing about dreams is that fleeting moment, when you are between asleep and awake, when you don’t know the difference between reality and fantasy, when for just that one moment you feel with your entire soul that the dream is reality, and it really happened

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom

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

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different


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 Quotes

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