32 Most Famous Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

32 Most Famous Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

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Iyanla Vanzant is an inspirational speaker and lawyer from Brooklyn, New York. She is known best for her spectacular writings and her frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Some of her most famous works of literature are the New Thoughts series.

“Act the way you want to be and soon you will be the way you act.”

“All of us have ways in which we mask and cover our pain.”

“At your worst point, the quickest way to move through it is to be a contribution as opposed to focusing on your problems. If you focus on your problems and keep giving them attention,
they’re going to grow. If you ignore them and do something else – I don’t mean act like they’re not here – but do something meaningful, it helps you work through it.”

“Begin within. If it shows up in your life, it’s coming to tell you something about you that you’re acting like you don’t know. Something about yourself, or your relationship with God.”

“Everybody’s got a ‘thing.’ Some ‘things’ are nice and quiet. Some ‘things’ have fangs and claws. Some ‘things’ stink and have slobber everywhere.”

“Everyone has something that blocks us from the full experience and expression of our nobility.”

“Everything that happens to you is a reflection of what you believe about yourself. We cannot outperform our level of self-esteem. We cannot draw to ourselves more than we think we are

“Fear wears so many clever disguises it is virtually impossible to always recognize it. Fear disguises itself as the need to be somewhere else, doing something else, not knowing how to do
something or not needing to do something.”

“I don’t think there’s such a thing as a selfish prayer. Prayer puts you in communication so you can talk about whatever you want to talk about.”

“I gave myself permission to feel and experience all of my emotions. In order to do that, I had to stop being afraid to feel. In order to do that, I taught myself to believe that no matter
what I felt or what happened when I felt it, I would be okay.”

“I have learned the hard way to mind my business, without judging who people are and what they do. I am more troubled by the lack of space being provided for the truth to unfold. Humans
cannot seem to wait for or honor the truth. Instead, we make it up based on who we believe people should or should not be.”

“I was sitting on the bus, and the sign said if you’re ready to better your life, come to Medgar Evers College, and I got off the bus and went to Medgar Evers College.”

“I’d been taught not to like myself,because the people around me didn’t, for whatever reason like me.”

“If you are afraid to take a chance, take one anyway. What you don’t do can create the same regrets as the mistakes you make.”

“If you don’t like your sister or don’t get along with your father, let’s find out if you like yourself. Let’s not sugarcoat anything about it.”

“If you want to hear God laugh, tell Him your plans.”

“I’m focusing on healing lives and teaching people that they can heal – giving them tools to heal.”

“I’m moving into that eldership age, you know? I’m at the ‘wise woman’ age where it’s not about learning, but utilizing the information that I have in a way that serves other people. That’s
a high calling and it’s a great responsibility.”

“I’m not sure where I heard it or why I believed it but when I was in my mid-twenties, a few words changed my approach to and experience of prayer. The words were these: ‘Every thought you
think is a prayer. Every word you speak is a prayer. Every act in which you engage is a prayer, because the Spirit of God lives in you.’ Now, how awesome is that?”

“In my deepest, darkest moments, what really got me through was a prayer. Sometimes my prayer was ‘Help me.’ Sometimes a prayer was ‘Thank you.’ What I’ve discovered is that intimate
connection and communication with my creator will always get me through because I know my support, my help, is just a prayer away.”

“One of the ways that people avoid taking responsibility for their role in their own pain is what I call the BPs – blame and projection.”

“Oprah Winfrey gives you the stage? Shut your mouth. I said, ‘I’m sorry for taking over your show.’ She said, ‘No, that’s why we have you here.”

“Remain open. There is something bigger than you know going on here.”

“Talk about your negative experiences with the father, with your girlfriends. Not with your children. And bite your tongue when it comes to diminishing, denying, dismissing, name-calling.”

“The only way to get what you really want is to let go of what you don’t want.”

“The voice I had accepted as Divine Guidance was actually the voice of my ego leading me right into destruction.”

“When you enter a new experience, all that requires healing rushes to the surface . . . You have to pause.”

“When you gossip, it’s self-hexing. Because when you do it, it comes back to you. Everything starts with the word. The word is demonstrating a condition of the mind. If it’s in your mind and
comes out of your mouth, it will be created.”

“When you stand and share your story in an empowering way, your story will heal you and your story will heal somebody else.”

“You can never love anyone to your own detriment. That is not love, that is possession, control, fear, or a combination of them all.”

“You have set standards for how you want to be treated and what you expect from yourself and for yourself.”

“You know when I was 20 and 30, they were insecurities. Now they’re just a new normal. I’m 60 years old, so my expectations of who I am and how I look and how I show up in the world had to
shift. Not because I couldn’t help it, or not because I did anything wrong, but because I had to get into the natural flow of my being as a woman.”