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

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1. “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.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: 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, on The Oprah Winfrey Show (March 2007) · YouTube video

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

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: As quoted in Oprah, in Her Words : Our American Princess (2008) by Tuchy Palmieri, p. 71

3. “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.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: O Magazine (January 2007), pages 160 & 217

4. “What other people label or might try to call failure, I have learned is just God's way of pointing you in a new direction.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: Oprah's commencement speech at Howard University (12 May 2007)

5. “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.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: "Oprah: 'Free speech rocks' " in CNN (26 February 1998)

6. “I'm still off hamburgers.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: "Oprah: 'Free speech rocks' " in CNN (26 February 1998)

7. “I've been stopped cold from eating another burger!”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: Reacting to guest Howard Lyman's belief that American cattle are at risk for bovine spongiform encephalopathy ("mad cow disease"), "Dangerous Food", The Oprah Winfrey Show (11 April 1996)

8. “My reaction is that free speech not only lives, it rocks!”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: On being acquitted of violating Texas' food libel laws in Texas Beef Group v. Winfrey over her "Dangerous Food" episode of The Opera Winfrey Show (11 April 1996), as quoted in "Oprah: 'Free speech rocks' " in CNN (26 February 1998)

9. “I never think about what I want. It's about what you want to give to other people.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: As quoted in The Money Adventure (1998) by Egbert Sukop, p. 128

10. “It felt like a new day.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: After Barack Obama's 2004 speech at the Democratic convention, as quoted in "Man of the Moment" at Oprah.com (19 January 2005)

11. “I understand why people think we're gay. There isn't a definition in our culture for this kind of bond between women. So I get why people have to label it – how can you be this close without it being sexual?”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: About her friend Gayle King, in "Oprah: Gayle and I Are Not Gay" in People (16 July 2006)

12. “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.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source and Related Info: (2013-10-13), Super Soul Sunday, medium: TV, publisher: OWN, quoted in David Niose (2013-10-15), "Why Oprah's Anti-Atheist Bias Hurts So Much", Psychology Today
• in response to endurance swimmer Diana Nyad saying she can "weep with the beauty of this universe and be moved by all of humanity".

13. “I know where my lane is, and I know how to stay in my lane. My lane is evolving the consciousness of people.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: CNN interview (2011): Interview with Piers Morgan (17 January 2011)

14. “The thing that I do best is ‘Be Here. Be Now’.”

—Oprah Winfrey

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Source: CNN interview (2011): Interview with Piers Morgan (17 January 2011)

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