"As you become more clear about who you really are, you’ll be better able to decide what is best for you – the first time around."
"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."
"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother."
"Books were my pass to 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."
"Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure."
"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."
"Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment."
"Excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism."
"Follow your instincts. That’s where true wisdom manifests itself."
"For everyone of us that succeeds, it’s because there’s somebody there to show you the way out."
"I always knew I was destined for greatness."
"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."
"I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear."
"I don’t believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process."
"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."
"I don’t think you ever stop giving. I really don’t. I think it’s an on-going process. And it’s not just about being able to write a check. It’s being able to touch somebody’s life."
"I feel that luck is preparation meeting opportunity."
"If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are."
"If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit."
"I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I’ve become. If I had, I’d have done it a lot earlier."
"I have a lot of things to prove to myself. One is that I can live my life fearlessly."
"I’m black, I don’t feel burdened by it and I don’t think it’s a huge responsibility. It’s part of who I am. It does not define me."
"I’m sick of people sittin’ in chairs stating their problems. Then we roll the videotape… then we have our experts on the topic… I’m in the ‘What’s next?’ phase of my career."
"I remember a specific moment, watching my grandmother hand the clothes on the line, and her saying to me, ‘you are going to have to learn to do this,’ and me being in that space of awareness and knowing that my life would not be the same as my grandmother’s life."
"I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes."
"It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters is that you are here."
"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."
"It’s much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That’s the truth."
"I was raised to believe that excellence is the best deterrent to racism or sexism. And that’s how I operate my life."
"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."
"My first day in Chicago, September 4, 1983. I set foot in this city, and just walking down the street, it was like roots, like the motherland. I knew I belonged here."
"My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with."
"Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you."
"Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not."
"So go ahead. Fall down. The world looks different from the ground."
"Surround yourself with only people who are going to life you higher."
"The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams."
"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude."
"The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
"The struggle of my life created empathy – I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me."
"The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free."
"The whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be."
"Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness."
"Turn your wounds into wisdom."
"Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility."
"Unless you choose to do great things with it, it makes no difference how much you are rewarded, or how much power you have."
"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 in your own life, but in other people’s lives."
"What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine."
"What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come."
"When I look into the future, it’s so bright it burns my eyes."
"Where there is no struggle, there is no strength."
"You CAN have it all. You just can’t have it all at once."
"You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it."