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Iyanla Vanzant

  • We go into a relationship looking for love, not realizing that we must bring love with us. We must bring a strong sense of self and purpose into a relationship. We must bring a sense of value, of who we are. We must bring an excitement about ourselves, our lives, and the vision we have for these two essential elements. We must bring a respect for wealth and abundance. Having achieved it to some satisfactory degree on our own, we must move into relationships willing to share what we have, rather than being afraid of someone taking it.

  • All relationships have the same basic components: people, needs, and expectations.

  • Truth is love's mother, and we all know it is not wise to lie to anyone's mother.

  • You are the love you seek. You are the companionship you desire. You are your own completion, your own wholeness. You are your best friend, your confidant. 'You are,' as poetess Audre Lorde wrote, 'the one that you are looking for.'

  • Where's the lesson when you think you figured out the lesson and you really haven't?

  • I learned that telling the truth was a big part of loving yourself.

  • Spiritual consciousness does not make your problems go away; it does, however, help you view them from a different vantage point.

    • Iyanla Vanzant,
    • in Ladies' Home Journal ()
  • Love is what you are, not what you give or get!

    • Iyanla Vanzant,
    • in Suzanne Harper, ed., Hands On! 22 More Things Every Girl Should Know ()
  • Mistakes are lessons that you need to learn!

    • Iyanla Vanzant,
    • in Suzanne Harper, ed., Hands On! 22 More Things Every Girl Should Know ()
  • The beloved is one who nurtures you, trusts you, supports you, encourages you, loves you without conditions. That's you.

    • Iyanla Vanzant
  • No one can give us what we don't already have. Mr. or Ms. Right cannot be to us what we are not. If we are unhappy, unfulfilled, not pleased about who we are, we owe it to ourselves to stop looking. We have to ask ourselves: Would I marry me? Am I doing my best, giving my all, being the best I can be to myself? If not, why are we pawning ourselves off on someone else. We need to take time to do some homework on self-love, self-esteem and self-confidence. When we can pass the test of self-acceptance, the perfect someone who will complement all that we already are will walk right through the door.

    • Iyanla Vanzant,
    • in Khephra Burns and Susan L. Taylor, Confirmations ()

Iyanla Vanzant, U.S. writer, TV personality, inspirational speaker, spiritual teacher


Born: Ronda Eva Harris.