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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061996335
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061996337
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

O, The Oprah Magazine is celebrating its tenth anniversary with this powerful little book, which offers more than six hundred inspiring ideas and quotations selected from the pages of the magazine. Words That Matter is a gathering of some of the greatest wisdom to appear in the magazine over the last decade, from historical figures and spiritual leaders to authors and actors, philosophers and Nobel Prize winners. Here are the insights of Maya Angelou, Eckhart Tolle, Alice Walker, Elie Wiesel, Martha Beck, Suze Orman, and dozens of others on love and sex, friendship and gratitude, success and money, and beyond. And, of course, we've included the best of Oprah—her most memorable moments, her advice on aging brilliantly, her favorite ways to give thanks, and her take on pursuing your wildest passions.

Words That Matter is a book to keep on your bedside table or by your favorite reading chair—a book you will return to again and again, finding new ways to think about life each time you do.

About the Author

O, The Oprah Magazine (www.oprah.com) encourages confident, intelligent women to reach for their dreams, express their individual style and make choices, guided by the values of one of the most charismatic women in the world, O Editorial Director Oprah Winfrey. With an emphasis on personal growth, the magazine inspires, addressing every aspect of a woman's life-the material, the intellectual and the emotional-and deeply connects with more than 15 million readers every month

Customer Reviews

I purchased this book for a gift for my aunt who loves quotes.
Ed Eakins
My only hint on this book is to use a highlighter to highlight the most important quotes for yourself.
Gizmo
This is a book to read often for pleasure and gleaning great quotes.
cstrebel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By L. J. Schrader on May 3, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I was eagerly anticipating this book, having loved Oprah's inspirational style and all the incredible people she seems to be surrounded by. This would be a book with the very best tidbits of 10 years compilation from Oprah Magazine...so what could possibly be better than that?

Well, the lovely cover makes this appear like a jewel, but inside was actually rather bland. Page after page was filled with single sentences by various important people of our time (and some good old tried & true as well). Without any inside "art" or decorative formulation, it looked a bit more like a textbook than a light, fun read. Perhaps the simplicity was intentional, so as not to take away from the content, but it resulted in something that was actually a little boring.

That said, Oprah certainly knows how to put together great minds, and the contributors were a fantastic group of people. Not all of what they had to say was "inspirational", some was more advice-like, or common sense wisdom. It's also possible, in my opinion, that the book could have been edited a bit further, as this did not feel like just the "best of the best". Rather, it was as if there was a tidbit from every interview and/or article from O Magazine ever written. There were many sentences that really said nothing special or new to me. Maybe that's because I am a subscriber to O, and have simply seen it all before.

This is still a sweet little book, geared primarily toward women & more precisely, adults. I had thought this might be a fabulous graduation gift but I don't feel it has the tone of something appealing to a college grad. However, Oprah followers and those who love her magazine contributors (Suze Orman on finance, for example) and her friends (Maya Angelou, and more of course) will probably enjoy it, though they may have the same experience of deja vu that I have had. I suppose if we are to be experiencing anything more than once, it might as well be something positive.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Colleen M. Schneider VINE VOICE on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm a big Oprah fan and when I saw this little book I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of people she would quote and how this book would turn out. Many of the people quoted have been on her shows (Dr. Phil, Martha Beck, Maya Angelou, etc.) but there are many other quotes from authors, poets, entertainment people and philosophers, as well as Oprah's own words.

The book is entirely quotes, there is no extra anything else, it is just quotes, so it is not the kind of book you sit down and read in an afternoon. It is something you could read before bed, or upon waking or to have on your coffee table.

The quotes are sectioned by type: Dreaming Big, Love sex, friendship & family, Giving thanks/giving back, Joy fun & pleasure, Honoring your Body, Aha moments, Finding balance, Your thoughts & Beliefs, Aging Brilliantly & Reinventing Boldness.

I enjoyed this book and found myself tagging pages to write down in my own little quote book. I also found that Martha Beck's quotes hit home with a punch and a little dab of humor, so I will be seeking out some of her books to see if I enjoy reading her books as well.

Overall, a nicely put together little book and a keeper for those who like uplifting quotes.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By cstrebel on May 9, 2010
Format: Hardcover
One need not be a fan of Oprah's to enjoy this book. The quotes within are entertaining and uplifting. This is a book to read often for pleasure and gleaning great quotes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By DianeZ on November 14, 2012
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Great little book with powerful big thoughts. Words do matter! A great little pick me up : ) Thank you O
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tanya on July 27, 2010
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This is an amazing little book of inspirational quotes. I am sure anyone would appreciate this treasure trove of quotes from many famous people.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RamonaSoriano on February 10, 2011
Format: Hardcover
When I need a boost, I keep this book nearby. It's a great way to start my day. I randomly read a quote or two, and it sets such a positive tone. It has brought me on my way to success. Thank you Oprah for this small piece of magic. I truly enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By creative crafter on December 28, 2012
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This is an easy read with lots of inspriaton on various topics
from motherhood to friendship.
This would make a great addition to any readers libray as it introduces you to a lot of unknown wordsmiths.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TW on November 29, 2012
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I enjoy reading this often. I has lots of wisdom from a variety of people. I shall refer to it often. I am pleased.
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