Quotes About Happiness and Being Happy

Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

Iyanla Vanzant is an inspirational speaker that promotes healthy relationships and wise thinking. She was named one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine (2000). Iyanla Vanzant Inspirational QuotesBelow are the most inspirational quotes by Iyanla Vanzant about happiness and being happy, life, love and healing a breakdown in a relationship.

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

“You have a right to your thoughts and feelings. Your feelings are always valid.”

“One Day My Soul Just Opened Up.”

“We are the only ones responsible for what goes on in our lives. We can make excuses, but we are responsible to and for ourselves.”

Quote from her book In the Meantime: Finding Yourself and the Love You Want: “When you are not happy where you are, and you are not quite sure if you want to leave or how to leave, you are in the meantime. Its a state of limbo. You are hanging on, ready to let go, afraid to fall, not wanting to hurt yourself, afraid you will hurt someone else. In the meantime, you pray the other person will let go first so that you will not feel guilty.”

“The key to success is not what you do, it is how you feel about what you are doing.”

Quote about happiness: “Loving yourself means that you accept responsibility for your own development, growth and happiness.”

“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.”

Quotes about God and praying to the Lord: “When we pray, it opens our minds to the divine consciousness of God. Prayer opens your mind to answers that have always been present.”

“Isn’t it a shame that we don’t remember as adults that we are always children of God.”

About healing a breakdown in a relationship: “When we lose a loved one or end a long-term relationship, grief is natural. We must honor each stage of grief and emotion we have.”

Quotes about forgiveness

About wiliness to forgive to each other: “Forgive everything! Forgiveness does not erase the memory of an experience, it neutralizes its impact.”

Forgiveness frees us from the pain of the past and moves us beyond our mistakes in the future. What you give you get.

About being ignorant: “So many of us think that if we act like a thing doesn’t exist, it will just go away. If we resist truth, we can only create pain.”

Interesting facts about an amazing life of Dr. Iyanla Vanzant

  • Was born in Brooklyn, New York, as Ronda Eva Harris.
  • Her name Iyanla means “great mother” in Yoruba (Nigerian) culture.
  • Was born in the back of a taxi.
  • Her mother was an alcoholic.
  • By age 16, she was a teenage mother.
  • By age 21 she had 3 children and a physically abusive husband.
  • Iyanla Vanzant has had 2 suicide attempts.
  • She is a Yoruba priestess and an ordained New Thought minister.
  • She earned a law degree from Queens College in 1986.
  • Named one of the Most Influential Black Americans by Ebony magazine.

If you know more Iyanla Vanzant  quotes please post them in a comment section below.

God bless you!

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14 comments on Iyanla Vanzant Quotes

  1. Ruth Heneri says:

    I want to have Iyanla help me resolve my pain about being defamed and betrayed.

    Kindly connect me with her.

    Thank you,
    R. Heneri

  2. Ruth Heneri says:

    Kindly email me.

    Thank you.

  3. Susan says:

    “I can see how my behavior was experienced by you as a betrayal.”~Iyanla Vanzant

    The words Iyanla spoke to Oprah after an 11-year estrangement with her “sister” (as Iyanla shared on Michael Beckwith’s radio broadcast 4/20/12)

    …Iyanla you are extraordinary!

  4. “Don’t say you are broke, say you are temporarily out of cash”

    “When you see crazy coming down the street cross the street” saw on Oprah Show

    The following is from Oprahs Life Class: TheTour on 3/26/2012 – which was my birthday, and a great way to spend it with Iyanla

    “When you don’t show up as who you are, people fall in love with who you are not”

    “Inmates are in prison because they externalized their pain, so they lost their key to come and go at will – a lot of people are in self-made prisons of pain”

    “If the thought is giving you stress get another one, Ford has a new idea, let me get one!”

  5. Yvette says:

    “If you see crazy comin’….CROSS THE STREET”!

  6. Caroline Valentic says:

    “You are addicted to your story.”

  7. PAKJ says:

    “Let’s call a thing a thing people!”

  8. toni hope says:

    i dont know if this is where i am suppose to go to get help from lyanla but hopefully someone will read this atingnd help me i dieing inside. my name is toni and i am the oldest of four girls and we were taking from our mom in 1977 first let me start by saying my mother woke up on day and was a different prson the night before my sisters dad call back to back over and over and i hung the phone up on him u see the man was a man who tried to rape me and i hated him we were no longer under the same roof anymore my mom had move on he took my mother thru so much he cheater on her would make her do what ever he wanted we no longer had a relationship with our family. so that night my mom kept hearing the phone and she got it on this ring she started crying and with to bad after she hung up the phone. the next day she was getting us ready for school and when we got home all our tvs toys dark sheets on the window and she begin writeing something on the pad she was holding and it read there will be no more talking in this house u are to come home from school and sit on this couch an no talking to it time for bed .and if u do not i will beat u. for a week i got beat because i would talk out load i wanted to watch tv my sister were small and i cant still see them just sitting there for hours.to make this store short i havnt see her sence 1977 i went to school and told want was going on in my house and they call my family and we were taking away she left and never to be seen again we were raise by the family and our hell begain i was rape my sister was raped by my mother brother we were only a check to the people who took us. i went to drug i been rape so many times it became normal i need we need closer to see our mom before she dies if she still here we dont know . hope thus get to you i need help i need healing my sister and i our not close and all ways not talking to each other.

  9. susan f says:

    “Be at Peace, not Pieces.”

  10. Sage D. Rathey says:

    Iyanla Vanzant Quite:
    “Tell your story because your story will heal you and it will heal someone else.”

    • Wanda B says:

      Amen to this sister and I will truly pray for peace for you and yours. Sage is right, your story should be told because it will heal another. Because you live, progress and change is possible.

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  12. Michael Roth says:

    I know that must really hurt. But that pain is not your true self. It is the dust that builds up and covers your soul like dust on a mirror. Your job, should you agree to accept it, is to acknowledge your issues as our wise sister, Iyanla would say, and then heal. How to heal? When you think about the people who hurt you and, perhaps you now have wrong feelings towards others, you have to polish that dust away, until your mirror shines. You have to pull the weeds that cover your garden so the truth inside can shine through. Those metaphors are ways to think about your issues and how they block you. You may not be able to figure out right away why you act a certain way. You may incorrectly think its caused by one thing, when really it is something else. It could be something from a previous life that you have to even be willing to take responsibility for even though you have no way to be responsible for it since another person did it. That may be a tough bone to swallow, but that is why we need to be willing to detach, otherwise our issues can overwhelm us. Hope that helps.

  13. Vanity Duran says:

    To Whom It May Concern,

    My name is Vanity Duran. I am 21 years old and I have been blessed with a gift to help those around me. My mission statement is to spread awareness on the importance of nature; how the natural world and feeling can help the human heart out of misery. I am studying Broadcast Journalism at Florida A&M University, in Tallahassee, Fl, in order to gain experience and knowledge in mass communications. Throughout my journey, I have ran into a lot of ditches but I have managed to climb my way out. I recently came across Ms. Vanzant on OWN and I was overly inspired and shocked that someone like her is out there has made a career out of my aspirations. I would love to express my ideas and converse with Ms. Vanzant. I am so grateful for people like her who want to help people find peace within themselves. I believe that Ms. Vanzant and I are soul sisters for our passion to influence lives for a persons sake. Thank you so much Ms. Vanzant for everything you are doing. It would be an honor if Ms. Vanzant and her staff would check out my blog where I express my natural feelings on my journey to a mission possible http://walkwithvee.blogspot.com/

    Thank you,
    Vanity Duran

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