Choose a Self and Stand by It

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January 29.

 On this day in 1954, Oprah Winfrey was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi. Winfrey rose from impoverished beginnings to become the most successful talk-show host in the history of television. Her life story reminds us that in America it’s still possible to raise oneself out of poverty with the help of family members, friends, mentors, unwavering determination, and a heaping helping of raw talent.

In examining her own storied career, Oprah observed, “Life is a journey where every experience is here to teach you more fully how to be who you really are.” The following men and women agree.

Self-Understanding is a Gift You Give Yourself

 “I think somehow, we learn who we really are and live with that decision.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

“Look well into thyself; there is a source of strength which will always spring up if thou will always look there.”
Marcus Aurelius

“Resolve to be thyself, and know that he who finds himself loses his misery.”
Matthew Arnold

“I cannot recommend highly enough that people find out who they really are so they can really experience their lives.”
Sheryl Crow

”No one is truly literate who cannot read his own heart.”
Eric Hoffer

“For God’s sake, choose a self and stand by it.”
William James
 
Today’s Bible Verse

“He who walks with the wise grows wise.”
Proverbs 13:20 NIV

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