Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now.
Even if you flippin' fries at McDonald's, if you are excellent, everybody wants to be in your line.
Being human means you will make mistakes. And you will make mistakes, because failure is God's way of moving you in another direction.
You can either see yourself as a wave in the ocean or you can see yourself as the ocean.
You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you're responsible for the energy that you bring to others.
If you're constantly pushing yourself higher, higher, the law of averages - not to mention the myth of Icarus - predicts that you will at some point fall. And when you do, I want you to know this, remember this: There is no such thing as failure.
My whole reason for creating a network is literally to bring little pieces of light. It's to continue to spread little pieces of light in the world, to illuminate the possibility of the human spirit.
When you're the most successful person in your family, in your neighborhood, and in your town, everybody thinks you're the First National Bank, and you have to figure out for yourself where those boundaries are.
I had become so accustomed to succeeding that I no longer even remembered what it was like to fail.
Acting is about going into the space, and there are just some places that I'm not willing to go.
I consider the world, this Earth, to be like a school, and our life the classrooms.
No matter who we are or what we look like or what we may believe, it is both possible and, more importantly, it becomes powerful to come together in common purpose and common effort.
You are who you are at this moment because of everything that's ever happened to you, everything that you carried forward for yourself.
Don't let people talk you into what they think is you.
You become what you believe, not what you think or what you want.
When you forgive somebody, it doesn't necessarily mean you want to invite them to your table.
To me, the money is - it's certainly a wonderful thing. But it is in direct proportion to how you're able to bless yourself and bless others with it.
Every stumble is not a fall, and every fall does not mean failure.
My therapy has come from paying attention to my life.
I always feel that until you take your last breath, you're always growing.
I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.
With age comes the understanding and appreciation of your most important asset, your health.
The goal of my shows, my interviews, my business, my philanthropy, all of it, whatever ventures I might pursue, would be to make clear that what unites us is ultimately far more redeeming and compelling than anything that separates me.
The challenge of life, I have found, is to build a resume that doesn't simply tell a story about what you want to be, but it's a story about who you want to be.
You're either humble or you're not. If you were a jerk before the fame, you just become a jerk with a bigger spotlight. Whoever you are really comes through.
Most people honestly want to do as well as they can in their lives.
That's the gift that a mother can give, to make everyone feel like they are the special one.
Money is worth nothing if it can't buy you the opportunity to love more.
Even people who believe they deserve to be happy and have nice things often don't feel worthy once they have them.
Your job is not just to do what your parents say, what your teachers say, what society says, but to figure out what your heart calling is and to be led by that.
I try to basically keep my opinions to myself when it comes to people who are charged with crimes that I don't know anything about.
Every day, you're only as good as your last show.
Look at how hard it was to get to where I am. It doesn't make sense to give it up.
When you think about growing and being empowered yourself, it is what you've been able to do for other people that leaves you the fullest.
I think people who have good parents come into the world with a strength, yes, and an advantage.
Over the years, I've interviewed thousands of people, most of them women, and I would say that the root of every dysfunction I've ever encountered, every problem, has been some sense of a lacking of self-value or of self-worth.
Everybody has a story. And there's something to be learned from every experience.
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
You are responsible for your life. You can't keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.
You cannot wait for someone to save you, to help you, to complete you. No one can complete you. You complete yourself.