61 Pieces of Oprah's Best Advice
Today we celebrate the 61st birthday of one of the most influential and powerful African American woman of our time.
This media powerhouse arose from humble beginnings in the south of Mississippi to having one of the largest media empires in the world, consistently topping the ratings and power charts.
Beyond the TV she has touched the lives of hundreds of scholars across the world, having sent hundreds to college in America, and opening a school for girls in Africa. Her production company produces pieces that keep up celebrities and finances films that revolutionize the big screen.
Here’s to 61 years of hard work, dedication, and touching the lives of millions! Scroll through for 61 memorable quotes from the Birthday Girl.
"I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become"
"Where there is no struggle, there is no strength."
"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."
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not."
"Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher."
"I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes."
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."
"Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right."
"When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes."
"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 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."
"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."
"You CAN have it all. You just can't have it all at once."
"Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."
"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."
"The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me."
"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."
"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
"Use what you have to run towards your best- that's how I now live my life."
"If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think."
"Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings."
"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."
"I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that's how I operate my life."
"The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be."
"If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit."
"My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with."
"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 always knew I was destined for greatness."
"Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have."
"Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself."
"Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility."
"I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process."
"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."
"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."
"I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly."
"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out."
"Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism."
"So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground."
"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."
"What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come."
"It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters is that you are here."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."
"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."