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Inspirational Talk Show Quotes

When you need a little wit or wisdom to get you through the day


Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw.

Talk show host Dr. Phil McGraw.

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Everyone has a bad day. It happens. You wake up on the wrong side of the bed. You burn your toast. You get a parking ticket. You loose your smart phone. Some days - rainy days - you just feel like giving up.

But then you think of a great quote your favorite talk show host once said, and your day is bright and light once more.

Wait. Did you just say you don't have a go-to inspirational quote from your favorite talk show host? Well, it's time to solve that problem! Here are some of the best motivational quotes from our daytime and late night heroes.

About Friendship

  • "Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "Work hard. Laugh when you feel like crying. Keep an open mind, open eyes and an open spirit." - Rachael Ray
  • "I'm very much about letting other people shine, because it makes us all shine brighter." - Chelsea Handler

About Love

  • "The struggle of my life created empathy - I could relate to pain, being abandoned, having people not love me." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "If we're destroying our trees and destroying our environment and hurting animals and hurting one another and all that stuff, there's got to be a very powerful energy to fight that. I think we need more love in the world. We need more kindness, more compassion, more joy, more laughter. I definitely want to contribute to that." - Ellen DeGeneres

About Relationships

  • "It's better to be healthy alone than sick with someone else." - Dr. Phil
  • "The worst tempered people I have ever met were those who knew that they were wrong." - David Letterman
  • "The opposite of anger is not calmness, its empathy." - Dr. Oz

About Self-Esteem

  • "Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "If you want more, you have to require more from yourself." - Dr. Phil
  • "The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come." - Ellen DeGeneres
  • "We teach people how to treat us." - Dr. Phil
  • "There is no off position on the genius switch." - David Letterman
  • "Hostility comes from loneliness, from not seeing yourself like a drop falling into the ocean of humanity like everyone else." - Dr. Oz
  • "Sometimes you can't see yourself clearly until you see yourself through the eyes of others." - Ellen DeGeneres
  • "Normal is nothing more than a cycle on a washing machine." - Whoopi Goldberg

About Living Life to the Fullest

  • "I am a woman in process. I'm just trying like everybody else. I try to take every conflict, every experience, and learn from it. Life is never dull." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "Next in importance to having a good aim is to recognize when to pull the trigger." - David Letterman
  • "I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities." - Whoopi Goldberg

About Embracing Failure

  • "Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness." - Oprah Winfrey
  • "Don't wait until you're in a crisis to come up with a crisis plan." - Dr. Phil
  • "There's always going to be someone out there... who doesn't believe in you or who thinks your head is too big or you're not smart enough. But those are the people you need to ignore, and those are the times you need to just keep doing what you love doing." - Jimmy Fallon
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