born 1950

She's best known for The Huffington Post, her upstart blog that's now one of the largest news sites in the country. But the ubiquitous Arianna Huffington has also been an author, radio show host, political commentator, failed gubernatorial candidate, ex-Congressional spouse + self-help guru during her 40-year career.

Why so fearless? Athens-born Arianna credits her parents ~ a newspaper editor dad who played by his own rules + a mom who had no use for hierarchy. "Ever since I can remember, I've loved starting conversations," she says. Her latest crusade? Helping us all redefine what "success" means.

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her quotes

all quotes by Arianna Huffington (19)

"The goal of life is not to see what we can make of it, but what it can make of us."

The Right Words at the Right Time | april 2000

"A very small aroused minority is all that it takes in our democracy at the moment to scare Washington. They scare very easily."

Foreign Vehicles | january 2003

"I was a Republican when I believed that the private sector would step up to the plate and solve a lot of the social problems we're facing."

A Candidate who Confounds Charms and Reaps Publicity | august 2003

"I would like a man in my life, but I don't need one to feel fulfilled. A lot of women settle for the wrong person because they fear being alone. You are never alone when you do something you love."

Hurricane Arianna | december 2006

"I don’t believe we should ever be doing anything out of revenge . . . the worst, little embroidered pillow in New York living rooms is 'living well is the best revenge.'"

This is the Future of News: The Arianna Huffington Interview | may 2007

"The democratic social contract depends on citizens trusting that the economic game is not supposed to be rigged like some shady ring toss on a carnival midway."

Pigs at the Trough | may 2009

"I never actually use 'darling' in real life unless I'm spoofing myself."

Arianna Huffington Media Dahling | february 2011

"A key component of wisdom is fearlessness, which is not the absence of fear, but rather not letting our fears get in the way."

Sarah Lawrence College | may 2011

"In life, the things that go wrong are often the very things that lead to other things going right."

Sarah Lawrence College | may 2011

"I went through life feeling freakishly tall. I was excluded from school parades!"

Arianna Huffington: The Connector | september 2011

"If you believe life is rigged your way, then stumbling blocks turn into stepping stones."

Lean in, ladies? Try leaning back, says Arianna Huffington | april 2013

"Being connected in a shallow way to the entire world can prevent us from being deeply connected to those closest to us—including ourselves."

Smith College | may 2013

"[W]hile there will be plenty of signposts along your path directing you to make money and climb up the ladder, there will be very few signposts reminding you to stay connected to the essence of who you are, to take care of yourself along the way, to reach out to others, to pause to wonder, and to connect to that place from which everything is possible."

Smith College | may 2013

"We are not on this earth to accumulate victories, or trophies, or experiences, or even to avoid failures, but to be whittled and sandpapered down until what's left is who we truly are."

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life | march 2014

"Money and power are like a two-legged stool—you can balance on them for awhile, but eventually you're going to topple over."

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder | march 2014

"Coincidences connect us across time, to one another, to ourselves, and to an invisible order to the universe."

Thrive {via Facebook post} | february 2015

"The enemy of wonder is multitasking."

Arianna Huffington: On Redefining Success | march 2015

"My mother . . . believed that rushing through life was a sure way to miss the gifts that come only when you give 100 percent of yourself to a task, a conversation, a dinner, a relationship, a moment. Which is why she despised multitasking."

There's Enough Time in Your Life for Everything Important | may 2015

"Don't let technology wrap you up in a perpetually harried existence. Don't be so connected to everybody that you're not truly connected to anybody. Or to yourself."

commencement speech | may 2015
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