To realize the American dream, the most important thing to understand is that it belongs to everybody. It's a human dream. If you understand this and work very hard, it is possible.
Latin life is rich with warmth, family values and history. I want to bring that beauty into American homes.
People look at you and see that you've made it, but sometimes they forget that it took you years of being a human being.
How proud I am to be compared to Oprah. I really admire her. She's a minority woman and she's done all this by herself... I'm very happy to be Oprah with salsa and not Donahue in drag.
Being a professional woman, I function the best when I don't distinguish between work and play.
For me, the American promise isn't just an idea or a theory - it's my life story.
The common denominator all Latinos have is that we want some respect. That's what we're all fighting for.
America was the place that said, 'It doesn't matter where you come from, it doesn't matter what your last name is, it doesn't matter if you drink cortaditos, or lattes, or coffee with milk. Here, if you work hard, anything is possible.
I'm one of the highest-paid television people in the world. I feel like I've made a difference in my viewers' lives, that I've been influential.
I came to this country when I was 12 years old because my parents wanted to give me new opportunities to succeed. President Obama wants everyone to have the chances I had.
I want to make sure I'm not a dilettante. Decorating has been a passion all my life. I love it.
We Latin women are liberated from the neck up, not the neck down.
The world is not ideal, and the only weapon we can give our children is information. Information which is not pretty, but honest.
The difference between Oprah Winfrey and me is about $200 million.
I'll never retire from working; I'll keep my life interesting until I drop dead.
People would write me hate letters. How dare I try to represent Hispanics when I was so white? I tried to make them see it was racism.
You have to eat right. That does not mean that I don't drink Cuban coffee. That does not mean that I do not have two cigarettes a day - that's what I'm down to. I drink wine - you know, I'm normal. But I do eat well.
If I have to be compared to somebody, it is to Martha Stewart.
If you stay on the air for 18 years, people know you.
In my house, we speak Spanglish to the dogs, to the grandchildren, to the kids.
Like most Latinas, I'm not afraid to speak my mind.
I'm a royal pain in the behind.
I love beating the men. When I beat 'em in the ratings, when I beat 'em in the salary, I always say, 'One more for the girls.
The talk show, as a genre, has been in decline for a while. It started with Jerry Springer, when the talk shows suffered a metamorphosis, going from the real and social issues to the hair-raising.
President Obama is a principled man who has worked hard to put healthcare and a good education in the reach of millions of Americans and believes that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules, should have a fair shot at the American dream.
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