Oprah Winfrey’s entire life and career are enough to motivate anyone, and during her time in the spotlight she’s dropped some truly inspirational gems. She rose from a troubled and traumatic childhood and landed a job hosting a TV show in the early 80s. After entertaining her audience, garnering acclaim, and finding her place as a talk show host, Oprah’s career exploded and the rest is literally history. This is one celebrity who truly has a rags to riches story — when she was a small child she used to wear clothes made from potato sacks, and now she’s a billionaire with the ability to buy virtually anything she wants. Through everything Oprah has never forgotten her roots and has lives to motivate others to find their own best life. Here are ten inspirational quotes from Oprah Winfrey.
1. “The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
It’s clear that Oprah lives by this quote, because she’s taken huge risks throughout her life in order to get to a better place and bring her dreams and ideas to fruition. If you don’t take the risk, how do you know if what you want in life can ever happen? You’ve got to go for it and take the route of adventure.
2. “The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”
There was very little to be happy about during Oprah’s upbringing but she choose to celebrate the good she could find in her life, and that’s an important lesson for everyone. No matter what’s going on or how bleak things may seem, there’s always something that can serve as a bright light and a reason to be thankful to be alive.
3. “You can have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.”
If you look at Oprah’s life, it’s easy to think that she has everything one could want — a fascinating and rewarding career, famous friends, a great love, tons of money, and fabulous homes. However, there were few times in her life when all of those things were in sync at once. If even Oprah Winfrey admits she can’t have it all and do it all, then don’t guilt yourself for not being able to pull it off.
4. “Turn your wounds into wisdom.”
Dwelling on hurts and choosing to become bitter never does anyone any good, and Oprah Winfrey is the embodiment of learning to let go and learn life’s lessons without letting it bog her down. No matter where the hurt or upset in life comes from, if you learn from it and turn the experience into a lesson rather than a roadblock you’ll be much better off.
5. “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
There have been ample heartbreaks, disappointments, and setbacks in Oprah Winfrey’s life, but she wouldn’t be where she is today without her determination to keep pressing forward and doing the best she can at any moment. As this quote from Oprah explains, by doing your best now you’ll be in a better position to make bigger strides later.
6. “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.”
One example of how Oprah Winfrey applies this quote to her own life is her best friend, Gayle King, and her partner of 30 years, Stedman Graham. Each has been with her well before she was a famous billionaire, and each would be around if she suddenly lost her fame and riches overnight. So many celebs and everyday people would be better off if they chose to affiliate with people who are genuine and in their lives for the right reasons, rather than just to be hangers on.
7. “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 knows exactly what it’s like to have nothing — she grew up in true poverty, her family wasn’t simply broke. Still, her grandmother taught her from an early age to be thankful for what was present instead of worrying about what was absent, which is how Oprah cultivated a thankful mindset. Her wisdom in this area is applicable to everyone, not just those who are poor.
8. “Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.”
There have been so many rough spots in Oprah Winfrey’s life that she’s had to learn to live for the moment instead of dwelling on the past or being anxious about the future. That’s no small feat for such a major celebrity, but it’s essential to be centered to make the moves that she does on a daily basis.
9. “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not.”
Oprah Winfrey has often helped people without telling the media about it — few would have learned about the near heroic efforts she’s given to various family members without them stepping forward years later on their own. This quote sums up why she does it: because her character stays the same whether she’s in front of cameras or not.
10. “Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.”
There’s the saying that “birds of a feather flock together”, and this quote from Oprah Winfrey is in the same vein. It’s been proven time and time again, and many have had to learn the hard way, that when you have people around you who are headed in a negative direction it tends to drag you down. However, when you associate with those who have a positive mindset and are encouraging and supportive of your efforts, you’ll do much better in life. Oprah’s inner circle is super small, and that’s because she only gets close to those who she knows will benefit rather than detract from her life.