O's Words That Matter quote book
Dreaming Big, Becoming Brave

"Be daring, be different, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers..." — Cecil Beaton, photographer

"Living is a form of not being sure, not knowing what next or how...We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark." — Agnes de Mille, dancer

"Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome." — Arthur Ashe, tennis champion

Connecting: Love, Sex, Friendship and Family

"All intimacy is rare—that's what makes it precious." —Amy Bloom, author

"Being a good husband is like being a good stand-up comic—you need ten years before you can even call yourself a beginner." —Jerry Seinfeld, comedian

"I've always known that life is better when you share it. I now realize it gets even sweeter when you expand the circle." —Oprah

"Here are the real rules: Don't run with scissors, don't leave the iron on, don't cross against the light, and don't be afraid of a broken heart." —Lise Funderburg, writer

"Love is, above all else, the gift of oneself." —Jean Anouilh, playwright

Giving Thanks and Giving Back

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." —Winston Churchill, British statesman

"That's what I consider true generosity. You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing." —Simone de Beauvoir, philosopher

"Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service." —Martin Luther King Jr., civil rights leader and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

Joy, Fun, and Pleasure

"Surely joy is the condition of life." —Henry David Thoreau, philosopher

"Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls." —Mother Teresa, Catholic nun and Nobel Peace Prize recipient

Honoring Your Body, Trusting Your Gut

"Real beauty isn't about symmetry or weight or makeup; it's about looking life right in the face and seeing all its magnificence reflected in your own." —Valerie Monroe, writer

"Everybody has a part of their body that she doesn't like, but I've stopped complaining about mine because I don't want to critique nature's handiwork...My job is simply to allow the light to shine out of the masterpiece." —Alfre Woodard, actress

These gems from Nobel Prize winners and other thinkers—including Oprah—make for a little book about big ideas. Available in bookstores this month, or purchase now.