“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

Undoubtedly one of the most influential people of our time, Oprah Winfrey has built herself an unbelievably successful career and a remarkably beautiful life.

What is most inspiring about Oprah however, is that having been born into poverty in rural Mississippi, she had to defy tremendous odds to get to where she is at today.

It’s all too easy for us to wish for her power, wealth, influence, and the ability to inspire millions around the globe but the truth is, very few of us could only imagine the depth of her past struggles, let alone experience walking in her shoes and overcoming the adversities she had gone through.

Despite having faced challenges and obstacles throughout her life, Ms. Winfrey refused to let it get the best of her and never failed to confidently marched on, and of course – she inevitably triumphed.

Fast forward to today, I found it to be nothing short of astounding how she continues to share the wisdom and grit she had gained from her painful past to shine her light on others around the globe and inspire them with her story.

With that, I’d like to share with you a collection of Oprah’s most insightful quotes that seek to remind us that we all have what it takes to overcome any challenges that come our way and to keep moving towards the life of our dreams. Enjoy!

“You are responsible for your life. If you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time. Only you have the power to move your life forward.”

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

“Turn your wounds into wisdom”

“I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.”

“Go ahead, fall down…The world looks different from the ground” 

“If you are still breathing, you have a second chance”

“I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity.”

“Forget about the fast lane. If you really want to fly, harness your power to your passion. Honor your calling. Everybody has one. Trust your heart, and success will come to you.”

“How do I define success? Let me tell you, money’s pretty nice. But having a lot of money does not automatically make you a successful person. What you want is money AND meaning. You want your work to be meaningful, because meaning is what brings the real richness to your life.” 

“It is your life and it is worth risking everything to make it yours” 

“The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you … Will you accept it? Do you feel worthy enough to accept it?”

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams”

“You CAN have it all. You just can’t have it all at once.”

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

“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.”