70 T.D. Jakes Quotes on Fear, Destiny & Letting Go

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Thomas Dexter “T.D.” Jakes, Sr. is a pastor, author, and filmmaker;

He is the bishop of The Potter’s House, a Nondenominational American megachurch. T. D. Jakes’ church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on various networks.

His speeches have racked up millions of views on YouTube and have been used in multiple “motivation compilations” by other channels.

We’ve put together an enormous collection of T.D. Jakes quotes!


70 T.D. Jakes Quotes

1. “A setback is a setup for a comeback.” T.D. Jakes

2. “Challenge your fears! Find your potential.” – T.D. Jakes

3. “Don’t lose your dignity and self-respect trying to make people love and appreciate you, when they just aren’t capable.” – T.D. Jakes

4. “Forgiveness is about empowering yourself, rather than empowering your past.” – T.D. Jakes

5. “Hardship can humble you, but it cannot break you unless you let it. Your instinct for survival will see you through if you are attuned to its frequency.” – T.D. Jakes

6. “If you succeed at loving imperfect people, then it becomes plausible that somebody could love imperfect you.” – T.D. Jakes

7. “Never make a permanent decision about a temporary situation.” – T.D. Jakes

8. “Some people are so poor, the only thing they got is money.” – T.D. Jakes

9. “Surround yourself with people you want to be like.” – T.D. Jakes


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10. “There is nothing I’m any more passionate about than empowering the next generation.” – T.D. Jakes


11. “We all set out to make a difference in the world, but the first step is to achieve the less lofty goal of changing your own world.” – T.D. Jakes

12. “Whatever you give yourself to, it will give back to you.” – T.D. Jakes

13. “You can teach what you know, but you can only reproduce what you are.” – T.D. Jakes

14. “You don’t need people to validate you gift, you were gifted before they met you.” – T.D. Jakes

15. “A whole woman will always attract a whole man. And when they touch, they will fuse to create a whole marriage. Ultimately, when the time is right, they will produce whole children.” – T.D. Jakes

16. “Destiny is not for comfort seekers. Destiny is for the daring and determined who are willing to endure some discomfort, delay gratification, and go where destiny leads.” – T.D. Jakes

17. “Don’t mistake delays for destiny, you may be delayed but you have not been denied.” – T.D. Jakes

18. “Forgiveness liberates the victim. It’s a gift you give yourself.” – T.D. Jakes

19. “I think it is important that we rebuild an atmosphere of forgiveness and civility in every aspect of our lives.” – T.D. Jakes


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20. “Instincts under pressure crush the carbon of conformity and create diamonds. Each new season of life offers to train us for the next season if we pay attention and adapt.” – T.D. Jakes


21. “Never settle for less than God’s best for your life.” – T.D. Jakes

22. “Sometimes what makes us insecure and vulnerable becomes the fuel we need to be overachievers.” – T.D. Jakes

23. “The art of avoiding extremes is an art that is drawn on the canvas of maturity and painted with the abstract strokes of many experiences.” – T.D. Jakes

24. “There is something down inside of you that knows there is more and it’s roaring to get out.” – T.D. Jakes

25. “We are the people that we’ve been waiting for and no one else is coming.” – T.D. Jakes

26. “When you are a giraffe and you receive criticism from turtles, they are reporting the view from the level they are on.” – T.D. Jakes

27. “You can’t be who you’re going to be and who you used to be at the same time.” – T.D. Jakes

28. “You face your greatest opposition when you’re closet to your biggest miracle.” – T.D. Jakes

29. “A woman who walks in purpose doesn’t have to chase people or opportunities. Her light cause people and opportunities to pursue her.” – T.D. Jakes


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30. “Don’t allow your past or present condition to control you. It’s just a process that you’re going through to get you to the next level.” – T.D. Jakes


31. “Each day is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift to Him.” – T.D. Jakes

32. “God has invested entirely too much in you for you to be comfortable in anything less than you were created to be.” – T.D. Jakes

33. “If you can’t figure out your purpose, figure our your passion. For your passion will lead you right into your purpose.” – T.D. Jakes

34. “It is important to remember that for every person, there will be a problem. Even more importantly, for every problem, our God has a prescription.” – T.D. Jakes

35. “No woman wants to be in submission to a man who isn’t in submission to God.” – T.D. Jakes

36. “Stop expecting your job to fund your vision. Your vision is probably bigger than your paycheck.” – T.D. Jakes

37. “The best and most beautiful things in this world cannot be seen or even heard, but must be felt with the heart.” – T.D. Jakes

38. “Too many people want the appearance of winning rather than the practice and hard work that creates a true champion.” – T.D. Jakes

39. “We cannot embrace God’s forgiveness if we are so busy clinging to past wounds and nursing old grudges.” – T.D. Jakes


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40. “When you begin to realize that your past does not necessarily dictate the outcome of your future, then you can release the hurt. It is impossible to inhale new air until you exhale the old.” – T.D. Jakes


41. “You can’t let people define you.” – T.D. Jakes

42. “You were afflicted so that you can help deliver other people from what you escaped from.” – T.D. Jakes

43. “Being angry is human. Staying angry is foolish.” – T.D. Jakes

44. “Don’t be limited by people who despise your growth, they want you to remain the same so they will feel comfortable.” – T.D. Jakes

45. “Excellence requires discomfort.” – T.D. Jakes

46. “God knows what’s best for you. He knows where you are going and He has a plan to get you there.” – T.D. Jakes

47. “If you have the instinct, you can hire the intellect.” – T.D. Jakes

48. “It is your passion that empowers you to be able to do the thing you were created to do.” – T.D. Jakes

49. “Others can inspire you, but ultimately the only thing that empowers you is what lies within you and learning how to better utilize what you’ve been given.” – T.D. Jakes


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50. “Stop watering things that were never meant to grow in your life. Water what works, what good, what’s right. Stop playing around with those dead bones and stuff you can’t fix, it’s over…leave it alone! You’re coming into a season of greatness. If you water what’s alive and divine, you will see harvest like you’ve never seen before.” – T.D. Jakes


51. “The dream is free but the journey isn’t.” – T.D. Jakes

52. “Unforgiveness denies the victim the possibility of parole and leaves them stuck in the prison of what was, incarcerating them in their trauma and relinquishing the chance to escape beyond the pain.” – T.D. Jakes

53. “We have a tendency to want the other person to be a finished product while we give ourselves the grace to evolve.” – T.D. Jakes

54. “When you don’t become fixated on winning the prize or appearing successful, and instead pursue your passions, then you will discover the fulfillment that comes from living by instinct.” – T.D. Jakes

55. “You cannot be a big person with a small heart.” – T.D. Jakes

56. “You’d be surprise at the things that look great on the outside but are dysfunctional on the inside. Be sure to function as good as you look.” – T.D. Jakes

57. “But I think my mistakes became the chemistry for my miracles. I think that my tests became my testimonies.” – T.D. Jakes

58. “Don’t let what people think stop you.” – T.D. Jakes

59. “Face the giants in your life, slay them and move on. Do not be daunted by the mistakes and failures in your life.” – T.D. Jakes


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60. “Greatness is contagious. You’ll catch it if you get around it.” – T.D. Jakes


61. “If you stick your head in the sand and ignore things that you have the power to change, you can’t blame anyone when they don’t turn out right.” – T.D. Jakes

62. “Many times we get so wrapped up in achieving our goals that we miss the opportunity to stop and be thankful for the things we have achieved.” – T.D. Jakes

63. “Resist your fear; fear will never lead you to a positive end. Go for your faith and what you believe.” – T.D. Jakes

64. “Surround yourself with people whose definition of you is not based on your history but your destiny.” – T.D. Jakes

65. “The most dangerous thing in the world is to have no purpose.” – T.D. Jakes

66. “Until you live every moment without assuming there will be another moment, then you’re not really living on purpose.” – T.D. Jakes

67. “What you can do is embrace what you have right now and allow it to fill the vacancies of what you didn’t get yesterday.” – T.D. Jakes

68. “When you hold on to your history, you do it at the expense of your destiny.” – T.D. Jakes

69. “You cannot embrace destiny if you do not let go of your history.” – T.D. Jakes

70. “Your words will tell others what you think. Your actions will tell them what you believe.” – T.D. Jakes



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  1. This was one I can add to my collection and live by.
    You’d be surprise at the things that look great on the outside but are dysfunctional on the inside. Be sure to function as good as you look.” – T.D. Jakes

  2. Excellent Quotes Dan. I learn a lot from it. Thanks for sharing the amazing quotes by the great man T.D. Jakes.


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