It’s hard to believe that, just a few minutes ago, Oprah concluded her final “Oprah Winfrey Show” after 25 years. The episode was quiet and thoughtful, as Oprah said in the first moments of it, “This last hour is my love letter to you. I want to leave you with lessons from my life.” And lessons she gave, along with some fun nuggets of personal history. Like that she started the show at age 30—hey, it’s never to late to start an empire—and that she hasn’t missed a day in her quarter century on the air. She even showed a picture of herself on her first day, wearing a Cruella de Vil-esque fur coat.
But you probably want the lessons, no? After the jump, some of my favorite quotes from the episode.
“You are responsible for the energy you create for yourself, and the energy you bring to others … Don’t wait for somebody else to save you, to complete you, to fix you.”
“Start embracing the life that is calling you. Find your calling—know what sparks the light in you so you in your own way so that you can illuminate the world.”
“I’ve talked to 30,000 people on this show and they all wanted validation. Everybody wants to know, ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Does what I say mean anything?”
“Love one person. Then spread it to to. You’ll see how much of a difference it makes … It’s no coincidence that a lonely little girl who felt not a lot of love, grew up to feel the genuine trust, validation and love from you.”
“You and this show have been the great love of my life … I won’t say goodbye. I’ll just say until we meet again.”
Did you watch Oprah’s finale? If you did—did you love it, or feel it was a little too mushy for your tastes?