Oprah Winfrey
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"Oprah Gail Winfrey" is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011. Dubbed the "Queen of All Media", she has been ranked the richest African-American of the 20th century, the greatest black philanthropist in American history, and is currently North America's only black billionaire. She is also, according to some assessments, the most influential woman in the world. In 2013, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama and an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard.

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I believe that one of life's greatest risks is never daring to risk.

Failure is defined by our reaction to it.

I do not know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.

We are each responsible for our own life - no other person is or even can be.

Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.

Every time you state what you want or believe, you're the first to hear it. It's a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don't put a ceiling on yourself.

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.

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.

What we're all striving for is authenticity, a spirit-to-spirit connection.

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.

Be more splendid, more extraordinary. Use every moment to fill yourself up.

Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and dance.

In every aspect of our lives, we are always asking ourselves, How am I of value? What is my worth? Yet I believe that worthiness is our birthright.

So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground.

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've come to believe that each of us has a personal calling that's as unique as a fingerprint - and that the best way to succeed is to discover what you love and then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard, and also allowing the energy of the universe to lead you.

Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.

Whatever you fear most has no power - it is your fear that has the power.

There's no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things!

All these years I've been feeling like I was growing into myself. Finally, I feel grown.

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.

Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possiblity.

Everything in your world is created by what you think.

Let your light shine. Shine within you so that it can shine on someone else. Let your light shine.

Though I am grateful for the blessings of wealth, it hasn't changed who I am. My feet are still on the ground. I'm just wearing better shoes.

Every one of us gets through the tough times because somebody is there, standing in the gap to close it for us.

The roses, the lovely notes, the dining and dancing are all welcome and splendid. But when the Godiva is gone, the gift of real love is having someone who'll go the distance with you. Someone who, when the wedding day limo breaks down, is willing to share a seat on the bus.

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance - and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

I trust that everything happens for a reason, even when we're not wise enough to see it.

If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine.

It is confidence in our bodies, minds and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures, new directions to grow in, and new lessons to learn - which is what life is all about.

You can take from every experience what it has to offer you. And you cannot be defeated if you just keep taking one breath followed by another.

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

Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner's manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.

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

You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more.

I think that when you invite people to your home, you invite them to yourself.

You can have it all. You just can't have it all at once.

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

I've learned that you can't have everything and do everything at the same time.

The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you're willing to work.

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.

Everyone in the world is constantly fighting an internal battle. A battle between what the brain knows is right and what the heart knows it wants.

I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace - a connection to what matters.

Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don't fight them. Just find a different way to stand.

There's no such thing as failure. Mistakes happen in your life to bring into focus more clearly who you really are.

What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.

I believe that [everyone] is the keeper of a dream - and by tuning into one another's secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.

The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.

Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings.

Devote today to something so daring even you can't believe you're doing it.

I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit's way of whispering, 'I'm in flux. I can't decide for you. Something is off-balance here.'

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 finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.

Getting my lifelong weight struggle under control has come from a process of treating myself as well as I treat others in every way.

Partake of some of life's sweet pleasures. And yes, get comfortable with yourself.

Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.

Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.

Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.

Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.

Before you agree to do anything that might add even the smallest amount of stress to your life, ask yourself: What is my truest intention? Give yourself time to let a yes resound within you. When it's right, I guarantee that your entire body will feel it.

Use what you have to run toward your best - that's how I now live my life.

Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping-stone to greatness.

Often we don't even realize who we're meant to be because we're so busy trying to live out someone else's ideas. But other people and their opinions hold no power in defining our destiny.