Seven Oprah Winfrey quotes that will inspire you

By Chanda Temple 

Oprah Winfrey  Image from Webmaster Abril via Flickr/CreativeCommons.

During the last episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show in May 2011, Oprah Winfrey encouraged the audience to ask themselves: “What’s your passion?” 
Image from Webmaster Abril via Flickr/CreativeCommons.

When Oprah Winfrey ended The Oprah Winfrey Show in May 2011 after a 25-year run, I set the DVR to record the last episode. Once I played back the recording, I sat in awe of her messages and immediately started taking notes. I wanted a written memory of her quotes so that I could read them whenever I felt like it.

The other day, I ran across my notes and thought they’d be a good share for “Throwback Thursday.” Here they are:

  • What’s a calling? “It lights you up and it lets you know that you are exactly where you are supposed to be, doing exactly what you are supposed to be doing.”
  • “Live from the heart of yourself. You have to make a living. I understand that. But, you also have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.”
  • “Everything you done to me, already done to you.” – Celie from The Color Purple. Oprah played this quote to lead into her next comment. “All the energy that you spend trying to hurt somebody else, that energy will turn around and slap you in the face. The same energy is true of love.”
  • Nobody but you is responsible for your life. It doesn’t matter what your mama did. It doesn’t matter what your daddy didn’t do. You are responsible for your life.”
  • “You are responsible for your life so, don’t wait for somebody else to fix you, to save you or complete you. Jerry MacGuire was just a movie. No one completes you.”
  • “We often block our own blessings because we don’t feel inherently good enough or smart enough or worthy enough. What this show has taught me … you are worthy because you are born and because you are here.” 
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Chanda Temple worked as a reporter for 20 years before becoming a public relations professional. She blogs about being better in business, building buzz and more at Follow her on Twitter at @chandatemple. Contact her at

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