25 Life-Changing Lessons to Learn from Oprah Winfrey







Through her top-rated and award-winning show “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Oprah Winfrey, has entertained and inspired millions of viewers to live their best lives. She had changed, not only her life but also millions of lives around the world. Below are some inspiring quotes from Oprah Winfrey that I have compiled into these life-changing lessons:




1- Love has nothing to do with what you are or what you do:

“If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away. If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I don't want anyone who doesn't want me.”

― Oprah Winfrey



2- Gratitude makes you richer:

“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”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Here's the gift of gratitude: In order to feel it, your ego has to take a backseat. What shows up in its place is greater compassion and understanding. Instead of being frustrated, you choose appreciation. And the more grateful you become, the more you have to be grateful for.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey

“just waking up “clothed in my right mind,” being able to put my feet on the floor, walk to the bathroom, and do what needs to be done there is five stars. I’ve heard many stories of people who aren’t healthy”

― Oprah Winfrey

“The happiest people don't have the best of everything, they make the best of everything.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration moving you from negative energy to positive”

― Oprah Winfrey



3- Take action on your dreams:

“Your true passion should feel like breathing; it’s that natural.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Opportunity may knock only once but temptation leans on the doorbell”

― Oprah Winfrey

“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.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey

“The great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“You have to find what sparks a light in you so that you in your own way can illuminate the world.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“You face the biggest challenge of all: to have the courage to seek your big dream regardless of what anyone says. You are the only person alive who can see your big picture and even you can't see it all.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“The essential question is not, "How busy are you?' but 'What are you busy at?' 'Are you doing what fulfills you?”

― Oprah Winfrey










4- Live in the moment:



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

― Oprah Winfrey



5- Surround yourself with the right people:


“Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“If friends disappoint you over and over, that's in large part your own fault. Once someone has shown a tendency to be self-centered, you need to recognize that and take care of yourself; people aren't going to change simply because you want them to.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Everyone wants 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

“When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.

~Maya Angelou

Remember this because it will happen many times in your life. When people show you who they are the first time believe them. Not the 29th. time. When a man doesn't call you back the first time, when you are mistreated the first time, when someone shows you lack of integrity or dishonesty the first time, know that this will be followed many many other times, that will some point in life come back to haunt or hurt you. Live your life in truth. Don't pretend to be someone you're not. You will survive anything if you live your life from the point of view of truth.”

― Oprah Winfrey





6- What you become and what you get has all to do with you:

“You get in life what you have the courage to ask for.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“You don't become what you want, you become what you believe.”

― Oprah Winfrey










7- When you accept yourself the whole world accept you:

“To love yourself is a never-ending journey.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“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

“Step Away from the Mean Girls…

…and say bye-bye to feeling bad about your looks.

Are you ready to stop colluding with a culture that makes so many of us feel physically inadequate? Say goodbye to your inner critic, and take this pledge to be kinder to yourself and others.

This is a call to arms. A call to be gentle, to be forgiving, to be generous with yourself. The next time you look into the mirror, try to let go of the story line that says you're too fat or too sallow, too ashy or too old, your eyes are too small or your nose too big; just look into the mirror and see your face. When the criticism drops away, what you will see then is just you, without judgment, and that is the first step toward transforming your experience of the world.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“You look at yourself and you accept yourself for who you are, and once you accept yourself for who you are you become a better person.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Only make decisions that support your self-image, self-esteem, and self-worth.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey



8- Your life is your responsibility:

“You are responsible for your life. You can't keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“...experienced things that caused you to deemed yourself unworthy. Healing the wounds of the past is one of the biggest and most worthwhile challenges of life. It’s important to know when and how you were programed so you can change the program. In doing so is your responsibility no one else’s.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“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.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“There is one irrefutable law of the universe: We are each responsible for our own life.”

― Oprah Winfrey



9- Keep an optimistic attitude:



“When I look at the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes!”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Every day brings a chance to live free of regret and with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.”

― Oprah Winfrey












10- Do what you love:



“It makes no difference how many peaks you reach if there was no pleasure in the climb.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey

“Your calling isn’t something that somebody can tell you about. It’s what you feel. It is the thing that gives you juice. The thing that you are supposed to do. And nobody can tell you what that is. You know it inside yourself.”

― Oprah Winfrey



11- Forgiveness is a power:



“Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different, it's accepting the past for what it was, and using this moment and this time to help yourself move forward.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Forgiveness is.... giving up the hope that you can change the past.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Forgiveness is about letting go of the past and not holding on to it”

― Oprah Winfrey

“True forgiveness is when you can say, 'Thank you for that experience.”

― Oprah Winfrey



12- Modesty isn’t how you hide your wealth, it’s how you use it:

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

― Oprah Winfrey

“By the time I was 17, I was working in radio, making $100 a week. And that’s when I made my peace with money. I decided that no matter what job I ever did, I wanted that same feeling I got when I first started in radio—the feeling of I love this so much, even if you didn’t pay me I’d show up every day, on time and happy to be here. I recognized then what I know now for sure: If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus. Give yourself the bonus of a lifetime: Pursue your passion. Discover what you love. Then do it!”

― Oprah Winfrey



13- Pain is real, but so is hope:

“In the midst of Difficulty lies Opportunity.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“My idea is to give hope, because where there is no hope, there is no vision, and where there is no vision, people will perish.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I choose to rise up out of that storm and see that in moments of desperation, fear, and helplessness, each of us can be a rainbow of hope, doing what we can to extend ourselves in kindness and grace to one another. And I know for sure that there is no them - there's only us.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Say "Thank You" because your faith is so strong that you don't doubt that whatever the problem, you'll get through it. You're saying thank-you because you know that even in the eye of the storm, God has put a rainbow in the clouds.”

― Oprah Winfrey










14- Kindness makes you beautiful and happy:

“The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Connect. Embrace. Liberate. Love somebody. Just one person. And then spread that to two. And as many as you can. You'll see the difference it makes.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey

“When you make loving others the story of your life, there's never a final chapter, because the legacy continues. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another. And I know for sure that in the final analysis of our lives- when the to-do lists are no more, when the frenzy is finished, when our e-mail inboxes are empty- the only thing that will have any lasting value is whether we've loved others and whether they've loved us.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Ignoring your death is like dying a slow death. Your life is speaking to you every day, all the time-and your job is to listen up and find the clues. Passion whispers to you through your feelings, beckoning you toward your highest good. Pay attention to what makes you feel energized, connected, stimulated-what gives you your juice. Do what you love, give it back in the form of SERVICE, and you will do more than succeed. You will TRIUMPH!”

― Oprah Winfrey

“The roles we play in each other's lives are only as powerful as the trust and connection between us--the protection, safety, and caring we are willing to share.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“One of the greatest gifts you can give is your undivided attention.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Start embracing the life that is calling you and use your life to serve the world.”

― Oprah Winfrey



15- Books are gifts:

“Books, for me, used to be a way to escape. I now consider reading a good book a sacred indulgence, a chance to be any place I choose. It is my absolute favorite way to spend time. What I know for sure is that reading opens you up. It exposes you and gives you access to anything your mind can hold. What I love most about reading: It gives you the ability to reach higher ground. And keep climbing.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Some women have a weakness for shoes. I can go barefoot if necessary. I have a weakness for books.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Even as a kid, my memories are of books taking me out of myself.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and there discovered was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“When I didn't have friends, I had books.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“If you're going to binge, literature is definitely the way to do it.”

― Oprah Winfrey











16- Where there is love, there is life:



“Love is the essential existential fact. It is our ultimate reality and our purpose on earth.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Whose life did you touch? Who did you love, and who loved you back?”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Love is a lesson worth learning.”

― Oprah Winfrey



17- There can be a Mr. right now but he can’t be right forever:



“Mr. Right is coming, but he's in Africa and he's walking.”

― Oprah Winfrey



18- Leave the past behind:

“You aren't your past, you are a probability of your future.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey










19- You are stronger than you think:



“Everything happens for a reason, even when we are not wise enough to see it. When there is no struggle, there is no strength.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey

“Whenever I'm faced with a difficult decision, I ask myself: What would I do if I weren't afraid of making a mistake, feeling rejected, looking foolish, or being alone? I know for sure that when you remove the fear, the answer you've been searching for comes into focus. And as you walk into what you fear, you should know for sure that your deepest struggle can, if you're willing and open, produce your greatest strength.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Every challenge we take on has the power to knock us to our knees. But what’s even more disconcerting than the jolt itself is our fear that we won’t withstand it. When we feel the ground beneath us shifting, we panic. We forget everything we know and allow fear to freeze us. Just the thought of what could happen is enough to throw us off balance. What I know for sure is that the only way to endure the quake is to adjust your stance. You can’t avoid the daily tremors. They come with being alive. But I believe these experiences are gifts that force us to step to the right or left in search of a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Let them help you adjust your footing.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“when you know for sure that you’re on course and doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, fulfilling your soul’s intention, your heart’s desire. When your life is on course with its purpose, you are at your most powerful. And though you may stumble, you will not fall.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I would like to thank the people who've brought me those dark moments, when I felt most wounded, betrayed. You have been my greatest teachers.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I was once afraid of people saying, “Who does she think she is?” Now I have the courage to stand and say, “This is who I am.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“It doesn't matter who you are, where you come from. The ability to triumph begins with you - always.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Wherever you are in your journey, I hope you, too, will keep encountering challenges. It is a blessing to be able to survive them, to be able to keep putting one foot in front of the other—to be in a position to make the climb up life’s mountain, knowing that the summit still lies ahead. And every experience is a valuable teacher.”

― Oprah Winfrey



20- The less you worry, the simpler your life becomes:



“I’ve learned not to worry about what might come next.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Author Neale Donald Walsch says, “So long as you’re still worried about what others think of you, you are owned by them. Only when you require no approval from outside yourself can you own yourself.”

― Oprah Winfrey










21- Your thoughts are powerful:



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

― Oprah Winfrey

“There’s a difference between thinking you deserve to be happy and knowing that you are worthy of being happy. Your being alive makes worthiness your birthright. You alone are enough.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I always knew I was destined for greatness.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe”

― Oprah Winfrey

“What I know for sure is that pleasure is energy reciprocated: What you put out comes back. Your base level of pleasure is determined by how you view your whole life.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Our beliefs can move us forward in life - or they can hold us back.”

― Oprah Winfrey

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

― Oprah Winfrey


22- We learn from failure, not from success:



“I don't believe in failure. It's not a failure if you enjoy the process.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“I will tell you that there have been no failures in my life. I don't want to sound like some metaphysical queen, but there have been no failures. There have been some tremendous lessons.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction”

― Oprah Winfrey



23- A woman is unstoppable after she realizes she deserves better:



“Beginning when we are girls, most of us are taught to deflect praise. We apologize for our accomplishments. We try to level the field with our family and friends by downplaying our brilliance. We settle for the passenger’s seat when we long to drive. That’s why so many of us have been willing to hide our light as adults. Instead of being filled with all the passion and purpose that enable us to offer our best to the world, we empty ourselves in an effort to silence our critics. The truth is that the naysayers in your life can never be fully satisfied. Whether you hide or shine, they’ll always feel threatened because they don’t believe they are enough. So stop paying attention to them. Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you. What I know for sure is this: You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“We should no longer allow a mother to be defined as "just a mom". It is on her back that great nations are built. We should no longer allow any woman's voice to be drowned out or disregarded. As we affirm other women, and as we teach our sons, husbands, and friends to hold them in the highest regard, we honor both the mothers whose shoulders we've stood on and the daughters who will one day stand tall on ours.”

― Oprah Winfrey



24- It takes courage to succeed:



“When we hold secrets it creates shame, and shame is a great barrier to success. When you carry the shame you do not allow yourself to fulfill your greatest potential, you do not honor the truth of yourself, you do not honor your highest self. When you let go of the secret, only then you live to your greatest potential.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Real courage is being afraid but doing it anyway.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“The true meaning of courage is to be afraid, and then, with your knees knocking and your heart racing, to step out anyway—even when that step makes sense to nobody but you. I know that’s not easy. But making a bold move is the only way to truly advance toward the grandest vision the universe has for you.”

― Oprah Winfrey



25- Change is inevitable:



“Improving your life doesn’t have to be about changing everything – it’s about making changes that count.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Life is full of many unpredictable changes... Let go of chaos yesterday; cheerfully live for today, and look forward to tomorrow with greater possibilities... It's our imperfections that make us perfect in our own unique ways”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Become the change you want to see—those are words I live by. Instead of belittling, uplift.”

― Oprah Winfrey

“Make a decision and watch your life move forward.”

― Oprah Winfrey








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1 comment:

  1. Awesome compilation! Thanks for pulling it together! I'm bookmarking this AND sharing it with my peeps! :)

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