Oprah Winfrey

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The thing that I do best is "Be Here. Be Now."

Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American talk-show host, actress, and entrepreneur.


  • I've been stopped cold from eating another burger!
    • "Dangerous Food", The Oprah Winfrey Show, 1996-04-11
    • reacting to guest Howard Lyman's belief that American cattle are at risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy ("mad cow disease")
  • My reaction is that free speech not only lives, it rocks!
  • I will continue to use my voice. I believed from the beginning that [the lawsuit] was an attempt to muzzle my voice, and I come from a people who have struggled and died in order to have a voice in this country. And I refused to be muzzled.
  • I'm still off hamburgers.
    • "Oprah: 'Free speech rocks'", CNN, 26 February 1998 
    • on being acquitted of violating Texas' food libel laws in Texas Beef Group v. Winfrey over her 1996-04-11 "Dangerous Food" episode of The Opera Winfrey Show
  • I think that, uh, you know, I'm really happy that the message, or at least some of the message of The Secret is reaching mass consciousness in a way that people realize that they can begin to, uh, positively affect their lives. That's why when I was on the show and said "I've lived this way my whole life", and people who watched our show for years know that I've been talking about how you take responsibility for your life and the choices that you make. Empower your life. And so, when I say that, you know, um, that's how I live my life, the message of The Secret, that's what I mean. I also believe, that, uh, medical healing or healing comes in lots of forms. You know that adage about the guy being lost and God sent him a boat and God sent him— then he gets to heaven and says "Why didn't you help me?" And God's, "I sent you the boat, fool!" So, that's the way I look at medical healing.
    • The Oprah Winfrey Show, March 2007 (YouTube video)
    • to Kim Tinkham, who wrote Oprah that she watched her show about The Secret, was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer, and decided to heal herself instead of a mastectomy and chemotherapy that four doctors told her she urgently needed
  • What I learned at a very early age was that I was responsible for my life. And as I became more spiritually conscious, I learned that we all are responsible for ourselves, that you create your own reality by the way you think and therefore act. You cannot blame apartheid, your parents, your circumstances, because you are not your circumstances. You are your possibilities. If you know that, you can do anything.
    • O Magazine (January 2007), pages 160 & 217
  • Well, I don't call you an atheist then. I think if you believe in the awe and the wonder and the mystery, then that is what God is. That is what God is, not the bearded guy in the sky.

CNN interview (2011)[edit]

Interview with Piers Morgan (17 January 2011)
  • I know where my lane is, and I know how to stay in my lane. My lane is evolving the consciousness of people.
  • The thing that I do best is "Be Here. Be Now."

Oprah, in Her Words[edit]

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

(Tuchy Palmieri, Author, (Carl (Tuchy) Palmieri, November 2008), 71.)

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