• Anita Chastain

The 7 Best Oprah Quotes to Inspire You

Updated: 6 days ago

These 7 quotes will inspire you to move past life's challenges, so you can live your best life.


Have you ever read a quote and felt like the person who wrote it stepped into your head, looked around, then threw out the words you needed to hear? I’ve had that person in my head, and her name is Oprah.


Oprah understands life. She understands the ups and downs, the good and bad. She gets it.


We’ve all experienced hard times. Life doesn’t give us cupcakes and unicorns every day. We also get fire-breathing dragons and quicksand.


To thrive in life and be happy, you’ve got to slay a few dragons and drag yourself out of the muck.


Sometimes you need a little inspiration to do that.


Inspiring Oprah Quotes

Here are 7 things Oprah has said over the years to help you win at life:

“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

1. On friendship

“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


This is the person who’s there on your best day and your worst day. They share your successes and help you up when you fall.


Their support is unconditional. They’re special.


They need to hear that from you.


Who is this person in your life? Let them know you love and appreciate them.


2. On success

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


Hour by hour, day by day, life unfolds through a series of choices.


One of the biggest choices you make is who you let into your life. And it is a choice.


You can spend time with people who lift you up, or you can spend time with people who drag you down.


Why not choose to spend time with people who lift you up? They’re the ones who help you fly.

When you were five and the other kid didn’t want to play with you, you picked up your toys and found someone else to play with. You can still do that.

3. On love

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


I don’t either. When you were five and the other kid didn’t want to play with you, you picked up your toys and found someone else to play with. Someone who wanted to play with you.


You can still do that.


There are people out there who will love you - flaws and all. Those are the people you should spend time with.


Why keep trying when the other kid doesn’t want to play? Let go and move on.

We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”― Oprah Winfrey

4. On growing

“We can't become what we need to be by remaining what we are.”― Oprah Winfrey


Think about this:


If you look at the same rock every year, you won’t see much change. If you look at the same tree every year, you’ll see a lot of change.


Trees change each season and come back larger each year. Rocks do not.


Wouldn’t you rather be a tree than a rock? Allow yourself to grow.


5. On self-esteem

“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


Here’s the thing about being judged by others:


Anyone can judge you about anything, but you can still do your own thing. Even if someone else doesn’t like it.


Whether or not that person likes your choices, you still get to make them.


Don’t let someone else’s judgment take the power of choice away from you.


What do you get in return for letting go of what other people think? The freedom to live your life.

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.” ― Oprah Winfrey

6. On failure

“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.” ― Oprah Winfrey


Failure is hard and humbling – and human.


Everyone fails at something sometime. And that’s ok because failure is life’s greatest teacher.


You feel failure longer than you do success, but you also learn more from it too.


Failure teaches you how to be resilient. And resilience gives you the confidence to try again.


How do you bounce back from failure? Figure out what went wrong, fix what you can, and try again.

Finding balance in life is a lot like keeping a bicycle upright. If you lean too far to the left or too far to the right, you're going to fall over.

7. On balance

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


The key to life is balance because no one can do it all. The more you try to do, the more overwhelming and complicated life becomes.


Finding balance in life is a lot like keeping a bicycle upright. If you lean too far to the left or too far to the right, you're going to fall over.


To keep life simple and balanced, figure out how far you can lean one way or the other without falling over.


What do you need to do to keep the bicycle upright? Once you figure it out, settle back and enjoy the rest of the ride.


Conclusion

I hope Oprah’s words inspire you to live your best life.


What did you find most inspiring? Email me at anita (@) simplelife365.com.

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