Smart Girls Who Do Stupid Things


An Incomplete List Of Things Oprah Feels The Most Strongly About

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– 9/11

– Sidney Poitier

– Gratitude journals: “It just changed my consciousness about seeing the positive instead of the negative in life.”

The Color Purple: “I have never wanted anything in my life more than I wanted the role in The Color Purple. I have not wanted, and never want to be in a place, where I want anything that badly again. I felt my life could not go on if I did not get that role.”

– Groundbreaking couples therapy with Harville Hendrix: “That was life-changing for me. It changed the way I operated in all of my relationships. Absolutely. In all of my relationships. In my personal relationship with Stedman, my relationship changed.”

– Mothers Who Kill Their Children: “I don’t know anything worse than killing your own child.”

– Dr. Phil: “I’ve had several ‘Aha’ moments over the years. Memorable, big ones. A couple big ones came from Phil.”
“I think that could be one of the most important things you said.”
“Mercy, that is a good statement!”
“That’s good, Phil.”

A Daughter’s murder, a mother’s pain: “That was bing bing, lightbulb, goosebump, at the same time. It was one of the great moments.”

Maya Angelou: “Maya has been one of my greatest personal teachers….Reading [her] as a teenage girl validated my own story….She became an instant role model for me.”

– Life lessons: “I think the best lesson I ever learned; when people ask me, what is the thing you’ve learned the most out of life, is a lesson — you know which one it is? You’re not in it.

“The number one defining lesson from 21 years of interviewing people for me has been to understand that every single person…is looking to see, did you hear me? Do you see me? Do you really see me? Does what I’m saying matter to you? And that is the common denominator of the human experience. That is the great lesson I’ve learned in all these years. Every person matters.”

Source: Disks 2-6 of The Oprah Winfrey Show 20th Anniversary Collection

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