As the queen Oprah Winfrey turns 66 today, here's a look at 28 of her most empowering quotes

As the queen Oprah Winfrey turns 66 today, here's a look at 28 of her most empowering quotes

With an unbelievable 'rags to riches' story, for years she has encouraged us all to live our best lives and even at 66-years-of age, is as regal and powerful a force as ever.

Pop the champagne and alert the heavens, the queen of talk shows, Oprah Winfrey turns 66 today! As an avid advocate of equality and feminism, she has been one of the most inspirational and influential public figures of our time. With an unbelievable 'rags to riches' story, for years she has encouraged us all to live our best lives and even at 66-years-of age, is as regal and powerful a force as ever. A celebrated actress, producer, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and more, today we look back at some of her most powerful quotes that are nothing short of pearls of wisdom.

Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of OWN's "David Makes Man" at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 06, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rachel Luna/Getty Images)

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

2. "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."

Oprah Winfrey speaks during an Apple product launch event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California. (Photo by Michael Short/Getty Images)

3. "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."

4. "You get in life what you have the courage to ask for."

Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations at PlayStation Theater on February 05, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for THR)

5. "Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher."

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

Oprah Winfrey attends The Hollywood Reporter's Empowerment in Entertainment event 2019 at Milk Studios on April 30, 2019, in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images)

7. "Turn your wounds into wisdom."

8. "The reason I've been able to be so financially successful is my focus has never, ever for one minute been money."

Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at Q85: A Musical Celebration for Quincy Jones at the Microsoft Theatre on September 25, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

9. "True forgiveness is when you can say, 'Thank you for that experience.'"

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

Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage at the Statue Of Liberty Museum Opening Celebration on May 15, 2019 at Ellis Island in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Statue Of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation)

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

12. "Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe."

Oprah Winfrey attends Tyler Perry Studios grand opening gala at Tyler Perry Studios on October 05, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Tyler Perry Studios)

13. "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."

14. "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 speaks onstage during the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014, in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

15. "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."

16. "If you don't know what your passion is, realize that one reason for your existence on earth is to find it."

In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Oprah Winfrey accepts the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award speaks onstage during the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Drinkwater/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)

17. "When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are."

18. "Over the years, I’ve interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I’ve ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth."

Oprah Winfrey attends the European Premiere of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at BFI IMAX on March 13, 2018, in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/John Phillips/Getty Images)

19. "One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn."

20. "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 attends the Premiere of OWN's "David Makes Man" at NeueHouse Hollywood on August 06, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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

22. "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 attends the premiere of Disney's "A Wrinkle In Time" at the El Capitan Theatre on February 26, 2018, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

23. "Excellence is the best deterrent to racism and sexism."

24. "What I know for sure is that speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have."

Oprah Winfrey speaks during Oprah's 2020 Vision: Your Life in Focus Tour presented by WW (Weight Watchers Reimagined) at Spectrum Center on January 18, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jeff Hahne/Getty Images)

25. "Family should be the place where you can be your most complete self."

26. "Whatever your reason for holding on to resentments, I know this for sure: There is none worth the price you pay in lost time."

Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage the 10th Anniversary Women In The World Summit at David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 10, 2019, in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

27. "I refuse to be quiet in the face of injustice. And perhaps the best thing about America is that—young or old, rich or poor, no matter your race, whatever your religion or your sexual orientation—you too can stand up and speak out! No better moment than this one."

28. "When you don't know what to do, do nothing. Get quiet so you can hear the still, small voice—your inner GPS guiding you to true North."

Oprah Winfrey poses with the Graduates at the inaugural graduation of the class of 2011 at Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls on January 14, 2012, in Henley on Klip, South Africa. (Photo by Michelly Rall/Getty Images)







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