She's a role model and a rule-breaker. She's as quirky as she is old-school. All the celebs adore her and she makes the world of movie stars and heads of states just a tiny bit less intimidating for the rest of us. She's a Twitter fountain of wisdom: With an eye on her millions of fans, she tries to spread a little of the good word through her messages of positivity and tolerance.
And she turns 61 on Thursday.
The thing is: There are a lot of beautiful women in the movies and on TV. But to be frank, we reserve the blind and irrational love for those distant stars that do more than just wear stunning clothes. And if Oprah is not that unpredictable woman, the one who makes us laugh, who stands her ground and fights her corner and - just now and then - offers a small glimpse of a better world in which we might stand with her as equals, then who is?
The truth is we love Oprah Winfrey. We always did, and always will. We've been on Team Oprah ever since she hit TV screens for the first time back in 1986, because no celeb - hell, no human being - teaches you more about today's dog-eat-dog world, where no one has time or cause to crack a (real) smile, like this media-mogul-cum-talkshow-legend-cum-most-influential-black-woman-in-history.
And just why do we love her so much?
Because: She's an agony aunt. She's a serious trendsetter (Join the Oprah Book Club already!). While everyone else is dressing up to the nines, there's nothing Oprah loves more than a pair of sweatpants. She talks about weight and she eats. She makes us love anti-rom-coms and love video games. She even makes the royals crack a smile. She's socially switched on (with 26.5 million Twitter and 3.3 million Instagram followers, this is a woman who knows how to market herself organically). She's queen of pulling silly faces, seriously. And she teaches us how to embrace our curves. Now, who can top that?
So, to celebrate Oprah's 61st birthday we have a treat for everyone who has ever been inspired by her (so everyone who has ever lived!). We've compiled 61 (truly excellent) quotes by Oprah on everything from self love to success.
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2 If you concentrate on what you have, you will always end up having more. If you focus on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough.
3 There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us in another direction.
4 Everybody has a calling. And your real job in life is to figure out as soon as possible what that is, who you were meant to be, and to begin to honor that in the best way possible for yourself.
5 You have to know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.
6 You are responsible for your life. If you're sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time. Only you have the power to move your life forward.
20 Use what you have to run toward your best - that's how I now live my life.
21Follow your instincts. That's where true wisdom manifests itself.
22 I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.
23 I believe that uncertainty is really my spirit's way of whispering, "I'm in flux. I can't decide for you. Something is off-balance here.
24My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
26 The choice to be excellent begins with aligning your thoughts and words with the intention to require more from you.
27 Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody's going to know whether you did it or not.
28Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
29 With every experience, you alone are painting your own canvas, thought by thought, choice by choice.
30Be 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.
32 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.
33 I finally realized that being grateful to my body was key to giving more love to myself.
34 Living in the moment brings you a sense of reverence for all of life's blessings.
35 What I know for sure is that what you give comes back to you.
36 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.