Excerpts from “What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey

I believe, I read this book a couple of years ago! Wasn’t in the habit of blogging then, but as always, I had highlighted some lines / paragraphs that were interesting / intriguing / though-provoking. This book is definitely one of those books that is quick to read, and has profound thoughts in it. I have referred to many points from this book in the last couple of years, here I am highlighting some excerpts from the book.

[Page 5] And when you get the choice to sit it out and or dance, I hope you dance.

[27] “Delight thyself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” This has been my mantra through all my experience. Delight in the Lord – in goodness, kindness, compassion, Love – and see what happens.

Psalms 37:4, Bible

[35] I believe these experiences are gifts that force us to step to the right or left in search of a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Let them help you adjust your footing.

[37] “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”

Words of Isaiah 54:17

[71] the only thing that will have any lasting value is whether we’ve loved others and whether they’ve loved us.

[76] Sometime we get so focused on the difficulty of our climb that we lose sight of being grateful for simply having a mountain to climb.

[83] There is no need to struggle with your body when you can make a loving and grateful peace with it.

[115] If you can get paid for doing what you love, every pay check is a bonus. Give yourself the bonus of a lifetime: Pursue your passion. Discover what you love. Then do it!

[126] Only when you make that process your goal can your dream life follow.

[135] I know that the big miracles we’re waiting on are happening right in front of us, at every moment, with every breath. Open your eyes and heart and you’ll begin to see them.

[149] “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

Paulo Coelho’s novel, The Alchemist

[156] The energy you create and release into the world will be reciprocated on all levels.

[158] And now I simply want to share what I’ve been given. I want to continue to encourage as many people as I can to open their hearts to life, because if I know anything for sure, it’s that opening my own heart is what has brought me my greatest success and joy.

[165] Never again will do anything for anyone that I do not feel directly from my heart. I will not attend a meeting, make a phone call, write a letter, sponsor or participate in any activity in which every fiber of my being does not rebound yes. I will act with the intent to be true to myself.”

[179] 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.

[197] When someone spreads likes about you, it’s not about you. Ever. Gossip – whether in the form of a rumor that’s sweeping the nation or a gripe session between friends – reflects the insecurity of those who initiate it. Often when we make negative statements about others behind their backs, it’s because we want to feel powerful – and that’s usually because in some way we feel powerless, unworthy, not courageous enough to be forthright.

[202] “Excellence is the best deterrent to racism. he said. “Therefore, be excellent.”

[211] There’s a huge difference between attending to the needs of your personality (ego) and caring for your true self.

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