50 Best Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

What I Know for Sure is a collection of all the life lessons Oprah has shared in O magazine’s “What I Know For Sure” column, a monthly source of inspiration and revelation.

Organized by theme―joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe, clarity, and power.

This book offers a rare, powerful, and intimate glimpse into the heart and mind of one of the world’s most extraordinary women―while helping readers become their best selves.

Candid, uplifting, and frequently humorous, What I Know For Sure is a must-read for Oprah fans.

Scroll down and read 50 quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey.

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Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  1. What I know for sure is that pleasure is energy reciprocated: What you put out comes back.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  2. What I learned for sure was that holding the shame was the greatest burden of all. When you have nothing to be ashamed of, when you know who you are and what you stand for, you stand in wisdom.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  3. You are built not to shrink down to less but to blossom into more. To be more splendid. To be more extraordinary. To use every moment to fill yourself up.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  4. The gift of deciding to face your mortality without turning away or flinching is the gift of recognizing that because you will die, you must live now.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  5. If you’re holding anyone else accountable for your happiness, you’re wasting your time. You must be fearless enough to give yourself the love you didn’t receive.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  6. We are all the artists of our own lives—and that we can use as many colors and brushstrokes as we like.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  7. So when life gets difficult, I’ve found that the best thing to do is ask myself a simple question: What is this here to teach me?Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  8. I know for sure that all of our hurdles have meaning. And being open to learning from those challenges is the difference between succeeding and getting stuck.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  9. What I know for sure is that there is no strength without challenge, adversity, resistance, and often pain.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  10. When you can see obstacles for what they are, you never lose faith in the path it takes to get you where you want to go.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  11. Who you’re meant to be evolves from where you are right now. So learning to appreciate your lessons, mistakes, and setbacks as stepping-stones to the future is a clear sign you’re moving in the right direction.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  12. What I know for sure is that a lack of intimacy is not distance from someone else; it is disregard for yourself.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  13. But now I know that a relationship built on real love feels good. It should bring you joy—not just some of the time but most of the time. It should never require losing your voice, your self-respect, or your dignity. And whether you’re 25 or 65, it should involve bringing all of who you are to the table—and walking away with even more.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  14. To know that people care about how you’re doing when the doing isn’t so good—that’s what love is.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  15. You, alone, make a whole person. And if you feel incomplete, you alone must fill all your empty, shattered spaces with love.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  16. When you make loving others the story of your life, there’s never a final chapter, because the legacy continues.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  17. You lend your light to one person, and he or she shines it on another and another and another.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  18. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest, most powerful way to effect change in your life.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  19. Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you feel least thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  20. Whatever you’re going through, you will do just that: go through it. It will pass. So say thank-you now. Because you know the rainbow is coming.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  21. I believe everything that happens in our lives has meaning, that each experience brings a message, if we’re willing to hear it.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  22. There is no need to struggle with your body when you can make a loving and grateful peace with it.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  23. What you focus on expands. When you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  24. I know for sure that only by owning who and what you are can you step into the fullness of life.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  25. The way to your best life isn’t denial. It’s owning every moment and staking a claim to the here and now.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  26. The true meaning of courage is to be afraid, and then, with your knees knocking, to step out anyway.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  27. The true measure of your courage is not whether you reach your goal—it’s whether you decide to get back on your feet no matter how many times you’ve failed.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  28. Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are ignoring the owner’s manual your Creator gave you.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  29. Whatever you fear most has no power—it is your fear that has the power.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  30. If you can get paid for doing what you love, every paycheck is a bonus.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  31. The most important adventure of our lives doesn’t have to involve climbing the highest peak or trekking around the world. The biggest thrill you can ever achieve is to live the life of your dreams.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  32. The more stressful and chaotic things are on the outside, the calmer you need to get on the inside. It’s the only way you can connect with where your spirit is leading you.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  33. Dream big—very big. Work hard—very hard. And after you’ve done all you can, fully surrender to the Power.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  34. The whole point of being alive is to become the person you were intended to be, to grow out of and into yourself again and again.

  35. The truth is that as much as you plan and dream and move forward in your life, you must remember you are always acting in conjunction with the flow and energy of the universe.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  36. Many people are so closed to miracles that even when one is boldly staring them in the face, they label it coincidence.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  37. When you choose to see the world as a classroom, you understand that all experiences are here to teach you something about yourself.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  38. Spirit to me is the essence of who we are. It doesn’t require any particular belief. It just is.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  39. Nothing is more effective than a deep, slow inhale and release for surrendering what you can’t control and focusing again on what’s right in front of you.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  40. You’re not your body, and for sure you’re not your body image.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  41. Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life. When you can let go of the desire to acquire, you know you are really on your way.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  42. Getting sucked into other people’s ego dysfunction that their darkness robs you of your own light—the light you need to be for yourself and for others.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  43. If you want the best the world has to offer, offer the world your best.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  44. The average life expectancy for an American woman is 80. That’s a prediction, not a promise. What you do today creates every tomorrow.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  45. When your life is on course with its purpose, you are at your most powerful. And though you may stumble, you will not fall.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  46. People suffer not because of what God does but because of what we do and do not do.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  47. Reaching your potential as a person is more than an idea. It’s the ultimate goal.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  48. Happiness is never something you get from other people. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you are able to give.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  49. If you think something is missing in your life or you’re not getting what you deserve, remember that there’s no Yellow Brick Road. You lead life; it doesn’t lead you.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

  50. What I know for sure is that every day brings a chance for you to draw in a breath, kick off your shoes, and step out and dance—to live free of regret and filled with as much joy, fun, and laughter as you can stand.Quotes from What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

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