Over the more than three decades of her career, Oprah Winfrey has shared more than a few inspirational quotes with her rapt audience, transforming lives and people's outlook on the world. But what words of wisdom have resonated with Winfrey herself?
To answer that question, BuzzFeed asked the OWN chairman and CEO to mine past seasons of Oprah's Master Class, which returns for a fourth season on Sunday, May 11, at 10 p.m. on OWN, to come up with her favorite life lessons.
"What we've learned from 'The Masters,' as I call them, is that everybody has a story and there's something to be learned from every experience," Winfrey said. "When we were dreaming up the idea of OWN, I wanted to create a series where we would be able to offer some of the most iconic artists of our time a chance to share what they know for sure about being human. And I'm proud to say we have been very fortunate to have gotten some of the biggies to share their life lessons."
She added, "It was difficult to choose, but here are some of my favs ... maybe they are exactly what you need to hear right now to inspire you to follow your dream, whatever they may be, and stay on your path."
“You’re not meant to do what is easy. You’re meant to challenge yourself."
“Love when you really don’t even feel like it. It’s not about your mood and how you feel, it’s about the commitment to love.”
Jon Bon Jovi
“Anytime that you think you’ve hit the top of the mountain, the truth of the matter is you've just reached another mountain, and it's there to climb over again.”
“Knowing who you are, that’s the foundation of everything great.”
"Here's the truth — I know this for sure — we are not defined by the challenges in our lives, but how we face them.”
“Many decades it took me to learn to not be afraid of saying how I feel, and to allow my vulnerabilities to show — we are not meant to be perfect, we’re meant to be whole.”
“Don’t be afraid to do something unconventional, to take a chance, to risk something.”
"Just wake up curious."
"Follow your own muse. Always."
“If you treat people with dignity, respect, and friendliness, you can turn enemies into friends and the enemy is nothing but a friend in disguise.”
“Be as authentic in your life as you can. And as truthful as you can.”
“The beauty of getting older is the surprise of what else you can do to make the world a better place with the wisdom that you've accrued over those years.”
“Follow it [your light] and know it’s going to lead you where you’re meant to go.”
“Nobody can make you extremely happy but you.”
“You constantly want to push yourself and challenge yourself. And through competition ... you’re discovering more about yourself.”
“There's a lot of power in putting it out in the universe. It's telling your subconscious mind, ‘This is what's gonna happen.’"
“My grandmother told me, 'When you get, give. When you learn, teach.’ These are lessons to live by.”