Oprah Winfrey Speaks: Insights from the World's Most Influential Voice 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0471399940
ISBN-10: 0471399949
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Get Oprah's two cents on everything from rocky romance and overcoming fear to spiritual growth and setting goals. Compiling from numerous sources, author Janet Lowe (Warren Buffett Speaks, Bill Gates Speaks) pulls together an impressive collage of quotes and anecdotes from one of the most influential women of the 20th century. Whether you're looking for a nugget of wisdom on relationships ("You know the old cliché, 'a good man is hard to find'? Well, it's true. And the smarter you get, the harder they are to find") or a spiritual insight ("God blesses you better when you pray on your knees"), Oprah Winfrey Speaks is chock-full of snappy snippets and sage advice. Although the book spans everything from Oprah's upbringing to her future predictions, most of the subjects are covered in a few pages or less, making it a better digest than diary. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

The world listens when Oprah Winfrey speaks

Discover the mystique of Oprah in her own words.

Here is just a sample of what you'll find inside:

"People have told me that their lives have changed because of me. I take away from this the sense that I'm on the right track."

"I am a woman-in-progress. I'm just trying like everyone else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. All I know is I can't be anybody else. And it's taken me a long time to realize that."

"I am what I am because of my grandmother. My strength. My sense of reasoning. Everything. All that was set by the time I was six."

"Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity."

"I always feel if you do right, right will follow."

"Just tell the truth. It'll save you every time."

(This book has not been prepared, approved, licensed, or endorsed by Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Productions, or by any entity that creates, produces, or broadcasts The Oprah Winfrey Show)
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (January 22, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471399949
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471399940
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026,893 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 16, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book really gets to the heart of what Oprah is all about. The book is filled with quotes taken from Oprah's childhood and throughout her entertainment career. The quotes are inspiring because they allow you to figure out ways to relate them to your own life. Janet Lowe's biography about Oprah is a very likeable book because it presents such topics as fame, fear, fortune, and family. To hear Oprah talk about her perfections and imperfections and how she is coping with them makes you feel like saying, 'If Oprah can do it, I sure can'. There is extensive research as her endnotes suggest. The book is an easy read and a good choice for people who are looking for a little more motivation in their everyday lives. The only thing that this book does lack is finding new, unique information about the talk show host/movie star/producer. Other than that, it is a winner! If you've ever watched her show on TV and heard Oprah say something that caught your attention, but ten minutes later couldn't remember it, then this book has it for sure. I recommend this book, especially for women. (Makes a great gift too!).
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sabuyen on November 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Hello, My name is Sabuyen and I am from Hokkaido, Japan. ...Itruly enjoy this book becase Oprah Winfrey represent all strongintelligent woman in America. In this book you shall read all herinsight and charm. Perhaps I am more awareness becase of a childhoodin Japan, where it is vey different to be a woman.
This is the firstlong book I have read in English. It took me a vey long time to read,but please belive, it was worth every minute. I am delight to alsodiscover that there is a "cassete" version of this bookavalable on www.amazon.com. I shall listen as I ride the bus orexercise.
When you read this book you shall feel power and energyfrom Oprah. She think positive, despite a difficult background, andshe has work hard for what she have. Here Oprah does share her wisdomand intelligence. It is very plain to see.
Oprah, if you are readthis, please know that you are my hero and roll model, and for everyother woman in America. You have give so much to all.
If anyone wishto read more about me, please read my profile. Love, Sabuyen.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca of Amazon HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 30, 2001
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When I think of Oprah, I think of "awareness." Her presence on earth is to bring us all to the awareness of our potential. If you want to know more about her life, Janet Lowe will take you on a journey through Oprah's life. Within a few hours you will see Oprah in a whole new light.

What I find most fascinating about Oprah is her love of reading and quotes. Those are things I can relate to well. Now it seems, I have been collecting "Oprah quotes!" Throughout this book you will find Oprah's wisdom presented in an organized fashion in sections so they relate well to the topic.

Oprah speaks from a background of adversity. The events of her life have changed her, yet she has decided to take charge of her destiny and become a positive influence. Her background is almost shocking when you think of who she has become. The contrast is sharp and it is very apparent that she drew on an inner strength.

The book begins with details of Oprah's roots in Mississippi and her educational background. There is a discussion of "Harpo" and how she deals with her fame and fortune. Her generosity is impressive and her efforts for children's rights are commendable.

There are some things in life money can never replace. I was saddened by some aspects of her life and see how her own sorrow, abuse and lack of a loving relationship with her own parents early in life influenced her. Some of the best things in life are free. Money helps, but I don't think it heals the longing we all have for love.

Oprah's love of reading has encouraged others to delve into knowledge and better themselves. She also enjoys writing in a "gratitude" journal. Janet Lowe brings out the positive and negative aspects of Oprah's life.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Omni on October 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
I believe that books of thsi nature are to show and elucidate hwo certain kinds of peopel think and act. I think that the consumer shoudl remember that most of these books are gleaned and compiled from interviews, articles and TV quotes not the person directly. Which means that things can be taken out of context or contrary events can be exampled to a person's time static comment.
All the same, this book is pretty good for insight in Oprah and her thoughts on some issues as well as maturely seeing how her opinion has grown/matured over the years.
A good subject makes a good book but this isn't the indepth exploration of Oprah that one may hope. Perhaps in some ways she can't truly be seen in any other context as she has a show where she talks about herself and her experiences. Only a book absolutely written by her could ever truly reveal her. Someone truly interested in her thoughts will have to wait for that day.
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