Oprah Winfrey in 2014
|Born||Orpah Gail Winfrey
January 29, 1954
Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.
Lavallette, New Jersey
Fisher Island, Florida
|Alma mater||Tennessee State University|
Former host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
|Salary||$75 million (2013)|
|Net worth||US$ 2.9 billion (2015)|
|Partner(s)||Stedman Graham (1986â€“present)|
|Children||Male, name unknown (born c. 1968, died c. 1968)|
I had become so accustomed to succeeding that I no longer even remembered what it was like to fail.
Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You'll see the difference it makes.
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.
Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God's way of moving you in another direction.
You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you're responsible for the energy that you bring to others.
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.
It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters is that you are here.
With age comes the understanding and appreciation of your most important asset, your health.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
I always feel that until you take your last breath, you're always growing.
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 was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life.
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.
I remember a specific moment, watching my grandmother hang the clothes on the line, and her saying to me, 'you are going to have to learn to do this,' and me being in that space of awareness and knowing that my life would not be the same as my grandmother's life.
To me, the money is – it's certainly a wonderful thing. But it is in direct proportion to how you're able to bless yourself and bless others with it.
I'm sick of people sittin' in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape… then we have our experts on the topic… I'm in the 'What's next?' phase of my career.
Acting is about going into the space, and there are just some places that I'm not willing to go.
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.
I consider the world, this Earth, to be like a school, and our life the classrooms.
You are who you are at this moment because of everything that's ever happened to you, everything that you carried forward for yourself.
My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here.
No matter who we are or what we look like or what we may believe, it is both possible and, more importantly, it becomes powerful to come together in common purpose and common effort.
If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.
Money is worth nothing if it can't buy you the opportunity to love more.
The goal of my shows, my interviews, my business, my philanthropy, all of it, whatever ventures I might pursue, would be to make clear that what unites us is ultimately far more redeeming and compelling than anything that separates me.
I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
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.
Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now.
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
Over the years, I've interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I've ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth.
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.
My whole reason for creating a network is literally to bring little pieces of light. It's to continue to spread little pieces of light in the world, to illuminate the possibility of the human spirit.
Your job is not just to do what your parents say, what your teachers say, what society says, but to figure out what your heart calling is and to be led by that.
The struggle of my life created empathy – I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me.
Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Even people who believe they deserve to be happy and have nice things often don't feel worthy once they have them.
My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.
What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
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.
Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.
You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean or you can see yourself as the ocean.
That's the gift that a mother can give, to make everyone feel like they are the special one.
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.
I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly.
If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.
I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier.
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.
When you think about growing and being empowered yourself, it is what you've been able to do for other people that leaves you the fullest.
When you're the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood, and in your town, everybody thinks you're the First National Bank, and you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are.
If you're constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages – not to mention the myth of Icarus – predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure.
Even if you flippin' fries at McDonald's, if you are excellent, everybody wants to be in your line.
You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn't simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it's a story about who you want to be.
I think people who have good parents come into the world with a strength, yes, and an advantage.
Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have.
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.
When you forgive somebody, it doesn't necessarily mean you want to invite them to your table.
The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.
You're either humble or you're not. If you were a jerk before the fame, you just become a jerk with a bigger spotlight. Whoever you are really comes through.
I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.
For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out.
My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.
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.
I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
Look at how hard it was to get to where I am. It doesn't make sense to give it up.
I try to basically keep my opinions to myself when it comes to people who are charged with crimes that I don't know anything about.
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.