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15 Inspirational Quotes From Iyanla Vanzant

Updated on October 5, 2016

Quotes have a way of speaking to me just when I need them the most. They have the ability to change my perspective and inpsire me in many different ways. With just a few sentences, I can be motivated to work harder, run faster, or even make important changes in my everyday life. I post them on my vision board and around my house as a reminder everyday of the goals I am working toward. Many times I will be watching TV or reading a book when a quote will jump out at me. I immediately write them down or save them in a journal. I look to many people who inspire me and motivate me to work harder when I need some inspiration. These people include Oprah, Bishop T.D. Jakes, athletes who excel in their sports, authors, and many others. Among my favorites is Iyanla Vanzant. She has a way of speaking the truth and getting right to the heart of the matter.


Iyanla Vanzant is a motivational speaker whose quotes seem to go straight to my heart and hit home right when I need them to. I first heard her speaking as a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show and I was immediatley drawn to her insightful sayings and great advice. As someone who has overcome many obstacles including abuse, poverty, and the death of her daughter, Iyanla has lived through many trying times. She has the experience to back up her knowledge and when she speaks I leave forward to listen. It is because of her hardships that the words she speaks ring with truth. I admire her for her determination and strength of will she has shown even after all the experiences she has gone though. It takes a strong woman to be able to see the positive in all the negative things and come out a better person because of it. While there are many great quotes by Iyanla Vanzant, these are my favorite ones to date. I know as her popularity grows and she continues to touch lives, her words will continue to inspire me.

Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

“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.”

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

“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. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them.”

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

"We have a tendency to always test people's love. 'I want to see how badly I have to behave before you'll leave me. Because I don't really think you want me anyhow.”

“You are never angry for the reason you think you are. There's an older hurt under that."

"The best students get the hardest lessons."

" Anger is a little thing. Hate is a little thing. Order is a little thing. Each of these little things has a major impact on the big picture. Right thinking, right action, and right response to the little things will help us conquer the big things, like injustice, inequality, poverty, and disorder. Until we are each able to conquer and master the little things in our lives, the big things will remain undone."

“When you don't show up as who you are, people fall in love with who you're not. Then when they find out who you are, that's when they leave."

“What looks like a failure teaches us what not to do, what does not work. We have lessons to learn from our experiences.”

“Loving yourself has nothing to do with being selfish, self-centered or self-engrossed. It means that you accept yourself for what you are. Loving yourself means that you accept responsibility for your own development, growth and happiness.”

“There are times when we do not recognize that it is time for us to move forward. When life is ready for us to move and we resist, life will move us by any means necessary. What may feel like a disaster is actually a graduation. Remain open to being guided, supported and protected by the universe.”

“Many people think their purpose is about a “job.” Your purpose may not pay you money. But it will pay you an abundance of “fulfillment, joy and love.” Do what you “love” and the “purpose” will unfold. Don’t attach a paycheck to your purpose.”

“Whether you are changing jobs or partners; if your best friends now seems to be your worst enemy; if you are needing something you don’t have or wanting something you cannot get; no matter what it is that you are laboring through, you can do it. You can do anything for a little while! No matter how long it takes, do not resist the changes of life. Buckle up and breathe. Something wonderful is being birthed through you.”

“Your job, work, life assignment must be the spark that fuels your fire. It must be a passion that you pursue. You must want it enough to do it for free. You must be willing to stick with it, taking the ups and downs, giving it all that you are for as long as you can! You’ve got to taste it, smell it, know it whether you are awake or asleep. If you do not have a lustful passion for your work, you really need to find something else to do.”

I hope her words can inspire you as they do me. I encourage you to read them daily or post them in a place where you can see them as a reminder of what your goals are or just as an inspiration. I would love to hear what your favorite quotes by her are or any other quotes that speak to you.


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    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Denise, thanks for sharing and reading! She is very inspirational and I love hearing her speak.

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      Denise Handlon 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Jen-I love this hub. She is quite the inspirational thinker, isn't she? I've shared this on FB and Pinterest. UP and across except funny. Thanks for sharing.

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks for the support millionaire tips! I also like that one and it applies to all situations.

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      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      I had not heard of Iyanla Vanzant, but you are right, she is very motivational. I love quotes also. I think this one is my favorite today, "Right thinking, right action, and right response to the little things will help us conquer the big things, like injustice, inequality, poverty, and disorder." Voted up.

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thanks faithbuilder. I am glad you enjoyed them!

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      6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Love the quotes!!! I collect quotes..I will have to add these to my collection..Thanks for sharing!!!

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree completely Jools! Thank you for commenting.

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      Jools Hogg 

      6 years ago from North-East UK

      Great hub. Iyanla certainly gets to the heart of the matter with her words - how amazing to be able to inspire others by what you say and think, but she is using this as a force for change and a force for good.

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you for commenting Kashmir. I'm glad you enjoyed the quotes!

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      Thomas Silvia 

      6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks for sharing all these awesome quotes, enjoyed reading them all !

    • jenbeach21 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Teaches, thanks for the comment. I know sometimes the hardest times provide the best lessons. I hope all works out for you soon!

      Thanks for the comment Sunshine! This is one of my favorites also.

      Alecia, I love her new show and her words and wisdom seem to be right on target. Thanks for commenting!

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      Iyanla Vanzant is such an amazing woman. Her new show on OWN has captured my attention. She seems to know what life is about without running from it. All of these quotes are great!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      6 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Amen to this quote ... "Your willingness to look at your darkness is what empowers you to change” That's my favorite and oh so true!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I think I am living her quote, ""The best students get the hardest lessons." Sometimes I wonder, why me? But I know that God has a plan for my life --- yes, show him yours and he'll laugh! Great share and very enjoyable. Voted up and beautiful.


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