The roses, the lovely notes, the dining and dancing are all welcome and splendid. But when the Godiva is gone, the gift of real love is having someone who’ll go the distance with you. Someone who, when the wedding day limo breaks down, is willing to share a seat on the bus.

Oprah Winfrey

I believe the choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from yourself.

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I am where I am because of the bridges that I crossed. Sojourner Truth was a bridge. Harriet Tubman was a bridge. Ida B. Wells was a bridge. Madame C. J. Walker was a bridge. Fannie Lou Hamer was a bridge.

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If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.

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Become the change you want to see – those are words I live by.

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

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With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.

Oprah Winfrey

For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn’t always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school.

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

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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

I think education is power. I think that being able to communicate with people is power. One of my main goals on this planet is to encourage people to empower themselves.

Oprah Winfrey

Right now you are one choice away from a new beginning — one that leads you toward becoming the fullest human being you can be.

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Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you’re going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.

Oprah Winfrey

I am a woman in process. I’m just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull.

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

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I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.

Oprah Winfrey

What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only your own life, but in other people’s lives.

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

Oprah Winfrey

If you want your life to be more rewarding, you have to change the way you think.

Oprah Winfrey

I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit’s way of whispering, “I’m in flux. I can’t decide for you. Something is off-balance here.”

Oprah Winfrey

If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.

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Let not one single life have passed in vain. What really matters is who you love and how you love.

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I believe that everyone is the keeper of a dream – and by tuning into one another’s secret hopes, we can become better friends, better partners, better parents, and better lovers.

Oprah Winfrey

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

The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance – and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

Oprah Winfrey

Every time you state what you want or believe, you’re the first to hear it. It’s a message to both you and others about what you think is possible. Don’t put a ceiling on yourself.

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All of life is energy and we are transmitting it at every moment.

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It isn’t until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are – not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within – that you can begin to take control.

Oprah Winfrey

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.

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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. This is your moment. Own it.

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Cheers to New Year and another chance for us to get it right.

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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.

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