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Quotes by Iyanla Vanzant

A Collection of Quotes by Iyanla Vanzant

“When you can look a thing dead in the eye, acknowledge that it exists, call it exactly what it is, and decide what role it will take in your life then, my beloved, you have taken the first step toward your freedom.”

“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.”

“Be willing to share all of who you are. So many of us want a partner, but we’re not willing to show all of us.”

“Their issues are not your issues.”

“Before you find out who you are, you have to figure out who you aren’t.”

“You have a right to say no. Most of us have very weak and flaccid ‘no’ muscles. We feel guilty for saying no. We get ostracized and challenged for saying no, so we forget it’s our choice. ”

“In order to feel loved, be respected and stay connected, we humans have a tendency to lie. We lie about who we are, what we want, what we need, what we have done or will do. Perhaps ‘lie’ is too strong a word. Let me say that what we do is withhold the truth.”

“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 worth.”

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

“Pain is pain, hurt is hurt, fear is fear, anger is anger, and it has no color.”

“The remedy for life’s broken pieces is not classes, workshops or books. Don’t try to heal the broken pieces. Just forgive.”

“When you have something to do life will not allow you to move foward until you do it.”

“You don’t get to tell people how to love you; you get to choose if you want to participate in the way they love.”

“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’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Lived it and I’m still here to talk about it and help someone else if I can.”

“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. ”

“We love in others what we love in ourselves. We despise in others what we cannot see in ourselves.”

“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.”

“Lives fall apart, not because God is punishing us for what we have or have not done. Lives fall apart because they need to. They need to because they weren’t built the right way in the first place.”

“Everyone has a purpose because God is a purposeful God.”

“Some of us pray demands. Some of us pray complaints. Some of us pray knowing, and some of us pray not knowing. But prayer is the attitude that you hold in your heart.”

“When you feel unprotected, unsupported and unprepared to take care of yourself, your insides will feel if you have been through a train wreck. The best way to describe this experience is that you are having a head on body collision between your wannabe and your can never be.”

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

“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.”

“When two broken people bring their broken pieces together, chances are they will never become a whole anything.”

“I surround people in unconditional acceptance and love to such a degree that everything that is unloving about them rises to the surface.”

“Lives fall apart when they need to be rebuilt.”

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

“Acceptance means that you know, regardless of what happened, that there is something bigger than you at work. It also means you know that you are okay and that you will continue to be okay.”

“Comparison is an act of violence against the self.”

“God is love. Love is always present, surrounding us; guiding, growing, and teaching us. Even in the midst of total chaos, pain, and dysfunction, love is calling us to a higher experience and expression.”

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

“Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change.”

“We really don’t know how to love each other because we haven’t really learned to love ourselves. In many instances, not all, it’s not malicious. We’ve just been conditioned to such bad behavior.”

“In the process of planning and having a wedding, I forgot there would actually be a marriage, a union of minds, bodies, souls, and issues that would come together as soon as the ceremony was over.”

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

“All things are lessons that God would have us learn.”

“Turn your promise into a plan. Make no promise for tomorrow if you are able to keep it today. And if someone calls you promising, know that you are not doing enough today.”

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

“I really don’t have any weaknesses. I do have areas of my life that I am working on to grow, heal and evolve. Giving myself permission to rest is an area I am working on. Not rescuing my children and grandchildren is another area.”

“Education does not take place when you learn something you did not know before. Education is your ability to use what you have learned to be better today than you were yesterday.”

“Promise without a goal and a plan is like a barren cow. You know what she could do if she could do it, but she can’t. ”

“One way to eliminate self negating thoughts and behavior is by gaining more understanding through realizing that you cannot force others to see that what you feel is real.”

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

“Release and detach from every person, every circumstance, every condition, and every situation that no longer serves a divine purpose in your life. All things have a season, and all seasons must come to an end. Choose a new season, filled with purposeful thoughts and activities.”

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

“You know that you’ve healed an issue when you can talk about it and you’re not weeping, when you can speak to it and identify the lesson. You know that you’ve healed an issue when, having gone through that, has a benefit that you live today.”

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

“So many of us invest a fortune making ourselves look good to the world, yet inside we are falling apart. It’s time to invest on the inside.”

“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.”

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