25 Inspirational Oprah Winfrey Quotes About Life, Success & How To Make A Real Difference

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We all know the famous Oprah Winfrey! She's a media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist — even has her own TV network, OWN, and her own magazine.

Oprah fought through a lot to get to where she is today. She went through a difficult childhood, where she was born into poverty in rural Mississippi, and she's an inspiration to many today.

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Oprah accomplished so much and proved many people wrong. Having built up a brand that now makes her one of the most powerful and influential people in the world, she continues to share personal stories with the world about her own life, and she helps others open up about their own personal struggles along the way. She believes in living "from the inside out", and uses her power to make waves as an activist, fighting for many causes, including childrens' rights to education, community development initiatives in Africa, and a leadership academy for girls in South Africa.

In honor of Oprah Winfrey's continuous work to make the world a better place, look to our collection of the best Oprah Winfrey quotes about life, love, success and passion to inspire you to make your own impact. 

1. When we're all queens. 

"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness." Oprah Winfrey

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2. When you find real friends who stick by you during good and bad times. 

"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." Oprah Winfrey

3. When you're in control of your destiny.

"Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility." —Oprah Winfrey

4. When you have to live like everyday is your last. 

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

5. When doing good makes you feel good. 

"If you want to feel good, you have to go out and do some good." Oprah Winfrey

6. When you have to put your best foot forward. 

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

7. When love is more precious than money. 

"Money is worth nothing if it can't buy you the opportunity to love more." Oprah Winfrey

8. When you should always think highly of yourself.

“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” Oprah Winfrey

9. When your fears hold you back. 

“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.” Oprah Winfrey

10. When you work to become the person you want to be. 

“Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.” Oprah Winfrey

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11. When you should follow your dreams.

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

12. When it does matter where you came from.

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

13. When you should keep trying. 

“If you are still breathing, you have a second chance.”Oprah Winfrey

14. When positive thinking brings positive things your way. 

“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.” Oprah Winfrey

15. When everyday on this earth should be celebrated.

“The miracle of your existence calls for celebration every day.” Oprah Winfrey

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16. When you go with your gut. 

“Follow your feelings. If it feels right, move forward. If it doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.”​ Oprah Winfrey

17. When your experiences make you who you are. 

"With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice." Oprah Winfrey

18. When you should trust the universe. 

“When you have done everything that you can do, surrender. Give yourself up the power and energy that’s greater than yourself.”​ Oprah Winfrey

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19. When you are in charge of your life.

“If you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time because only you have the power to take responsibility to move your life forward.” —Oprah Winfrey

20. When big things happen to those with big hearts. 

“When you live with an open heart, unexpected, joyful things happen.” Oprah Winfrey

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21 When you get to choose how your day goes.

“Your journey begins with a choice to get up, step out and live fully.”​Oprah Winfrey

22. When you shouldn't worry too much.

“Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.” Oprah Winfrey

23. When you should always dream big. 

“You need to dream a bigger dream for yourself. That is the lesson. Hold the highest vision possible for your life and it can come true.”​ Oprah Winfrey

24. When it pays to be patient. 

“You can have it all. Just not all at once.” Oprah Winfrey

25. When you shouldn't listen to what other people think. 

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

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If you’re looking for a little inspiration, we’ve got the best quotes to share and savor. For quotes from the most inspiring celebs, activists, and poets, look no further! You might even find the quote that motivates the best parts of your life (and love!) forever.

Lauren Margolis is a writer who covers astrology, pop culture and relationship topics.