If you come to fame not understanding who you are, it will define who you are.
It isn't until you come to a spiritual understanding of who you are - not necessarily a religious feeling, but deep down, the spirit within - that you can begin to take control.
Books were my pass to personal freedom. I learned to read at age three, and soon discovered there was a whole world to conquer that went beyond our farm in Mississippi.
I'm black, I don't feel burdened by it and I don't think it's a huge responsibility. It's part of who I am. It does not define me.
I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.
Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.
Turn your wounds into wisdom.
My idea of heaven is a great big baked potato and someone to share it with.
Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.
The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.
When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes.
Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.
Be 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.
Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.
I don't believe in failure. It is not failure if you enjoyed the process.
The thing you fear most has no power. Your fear of it is what has the power. Facing the truth really will set you free.
The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.
Understand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege. Use it. Dwell in possibility.
If you want to accomplish the goals of your life, you have to begin with the spirit.
The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.
Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.
What material success does is provide you with the ability to concentrate on other things that really matter. And that is being able to make a difference, not only in your own life, but in other people's lives.
What I know is, is that if you do work that you love, and the work fulfills you, the rest will come.
It's much easier for me to make major life, multi-million dollar decisions, than it is to decide on a carpet for my front porch. That's the truth.
I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.
You are responsible for the energy that you create for yourself, and you're responsible for the energy that you bring to others.
I always feel that until you take your last breath, you're always growing.
I think people who have good parents come into the world with a strength, yes, and an advantage.
You become what you believe, not what you think or what you want.
If you want to feel good, you have to go out and do some good.
Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now.
I know that inner wisdom is more precious than wealth. The more you spend it, the more you gain.
I had become so accustomed to succeeding that I no longer even remembered what it was like to fail.
Don't let people talk you into what they think is you.
Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.
I had no idea that being your authentic self could make me as rich as I've become. If I had, I'd have done it a lot earlier.
It does not matter how you came into the world, what matters is that you are here.