As "The Oprah Winfrey Show" draws towards the end of its final season, it's a great time to look back with some Oprah quotes. Oprah has been a part of the national television landscape for the last twenty five years, and over the years has made a name for herself in film and print as well. Through her hard work and determination, she has become quite successful, making it onto the Forbes list of America's wealthiest persons – even ranking above Donald Trump in 2010. You can see how her belief system and personal philosophy have helped her to have the success she has as your read through the Oprah quotes we've collected here.
"Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way." – Oprah's struggles with her weight are no secret. We've watched her go up and down in size over the course of her show, but she's kept the weight off well in recent years – albeit with the help of private chefs and trainers.
"I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time." – This Oprah quote is significant, coming from a woman who at times seems to be doing it all.
"Whatever you fear most has no power; it is your fear that has the power." – One of our personal favorite Oprah quotes. Through her success, Oprah has shown that its only our fear that can hold us back.
"We are each responsible for our own life – no other person is or even can be." – It's hard to read this Oprah quote and not think of Steadman, the man who has long been in the background of her life.
"I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it." – Oprah was born poor, and suffered from sexual abuse at the hand of a relative. It might be said that those experiences gave her the gift of empathy that she shares with her guests which is one reason her show is so wildly popular.
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not." – Of course, it's hard for Oprah to do anything without everyone knowing, but she has made a habit of trying to do the right thing, whether bring clean water to Africans on fighting the cattle farmers in Texas.
"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother." – Oprah bounced from home to home as a child, living with her biological mother, her grandmother, and the man she believed to be her biological father. Stepmothers around the world can relate to the sentiment expressed by the quote.
"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." – This Oprah quote is another that touches on the realities of her early life.
"I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes." – This is Oprah's way of saying that she may have money, but she knows she's still the same person she was before. It's important to realize that fame or success don't have to change you for the worse.
"I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life." – As a Black woman, Oprah has managed to succeed in an industry that is overwhelmingly run by white men, and she has done it with grace and class.
- Kelly Cannon