Happy 60th Birthday Oprah! Oprah’s 15 Best Quotes About Life
For nearly three decades Oprah Winfrey has dominated the realms of television, film, radio and print media. From her long-running daytime talk show and successful new TV network to her groundbreaking magazine and XM Satellite radio channel – not to mention her unmatched philanthropic efforts, Oprah’s accomplishments are extraordinary. She’s overcome the odds and throughout it all displayed tenacity, inventiveness and overall awesomeness. So in celebration of Oprah’s 60th birthday, we’re taking a look back at 15 of her best quotes about life – because if anyone is winning at life right now, it’s definitely Oprah. Happy 60th Birthday Oprah!
“I believe that one of life’s greatest risks is never daring to risk.”
If there’s one thing that Oprah’s successes and failures have taught us it’s that life is meant to be lived, no matter the risk.
“Every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and step out and dance.”
Oprah shared this wisdom with the world in 2002 after she was invited to perform with Tina Turner onstage. Although Oprah was nervous about the performance she realized that if she didn’t loosen up and shake the fear she’d miss the fun of the whole experience. Life can be scary sometimes, but if we don’t don’t overcome the fear and step out boldly we may miss out on the best parts.
“You are built not to shrink down to less, but to blossom into more.”
For years Oprah says she diminished her intelligence, potential and worth to not appear conceited to those around her. But as she grew she realized that when we hide our shine we don’t stop the naysayers, we only hurt ourselves. So the lesson is this: accept your brilliance and never play yourself small.
“Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life’s blessings.”
By living in the now we form a deeper appreciation and respect for all that we’ve been blessed with.
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”
In one of Oprah’s “What I Know For Sure” columns featured in O Magazine, she reveals that the biggest adventures don’t necessarily involve “climbing the highest peak or trekking around the world,” but living our dreams.
“If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.”
In 2000 Oprah revealed that this was her a-ha! lightbulb moment. No matter what life throws our way we can always choose how to react to it.
“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.”
Oprah advises us not to question our value. We were all born with the privilege of worth.
“The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal is, you can get there as long as you’re willing to work.”
In a January 2003 “What I Know For Sure” column Oprah imparted this simple but true wisdom. There are no easy answers to any of life’s difficulties, just hard work and perseverance.
“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.”
Surround yourself with people who care about you – for you. If they’re there for the good times, they most definitely should be there for the bad times too.
“With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.”
What Oprah was getting at with this one was intention. We should be mindful of our intentions because they are what produces the outcomes of our lives.
“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.”
In living our lives we should seek to do our best at all times. Simple as that.
“The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.”
The lesson is simple: find the courage to follow your dreams no matter how big and no matter what anyone else thinks.
“Use what you have to run towards your best – that’s how I now live my life.”
A key principle of Oprah’s philosophy on life is to always do your best. No matter what it is – always do your best!
“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.”
Oprah reminds us that every experience, good and bad, is a teachable moment and as long as you don’t lose site of that you’ll be OK.
“You will find true success and happiness if you have only one goal. There really is only one, and that is this: To fulfill the highest, most truthful expression of yourself as a human being.”
Oprah delivered this inspirational quote as part of a commencement speech given at Harvard University’s 2013 graduation ceremony. Not only was Oprah an honored guest speaker, she was also awarded an honorary doctorate from the prestigious institution.