Maya Angelou Quotes

most popular maya angelou quotes
most popular maya angelou quotes

About Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was one of the America’s most beloved and celebrated poets and authors, with dozens of awards and over 50 honorary degrees attesting to her inspirational role at the center of American life. Her lifetime of achievement was rewarded in 2000 when she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country’s highest honors.

She was also a journalist who worked in Africa, a historian, songwriter, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, and singer.

Popular maya angelou quotes
Popular Maya Angelou quotes

Here is a gathering of the most inspiring Maya Angelou Quotes :

  1. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  2. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
  3. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
  4. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
  5. You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.
  6. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  7. Maya Angelou quotes – change your attitude
  8. We need much less than we think we need.
  9. If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?
  10. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
  11. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
  12. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
  13. If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.
  14. Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.
  15. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
  16. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.
  17. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
  18. Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.
  19. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
  20. Solitary fantasy can change a million realities.
  21. Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet.
  22. Success is liking you, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
  23. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
  24. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
  25. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
  26. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
  27. We are only as blind as we want to be.
  28. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are
  29. Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
  30. Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet.
  31. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.
  32. You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, b3ut still, like air, I’ll rise!
  33. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  34. mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style
  35. Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.
  36. If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.
  37. Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual super-storm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.
  38. Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.
  39. My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
  40. Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards can’t give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.

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Most popular Maya Angelou Quotes :

maya angelou quotes
Maya Angelou quotes
  1. Take up the battle. Take it up.
  2. It’s yours. This is your life.
  3. This is your world.
  4. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold, that’s ego. Love liberates.
  5. A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself
  6. If you must look back, do so forgiving. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.
  7. When you know you are of worth, you don’t have to raise your voice, you don’t have to become rude, you don’t have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn’t have to protest.
  8. We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
  9. Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
  10. We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate – thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
  11. At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.
  12. Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
  13. A precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself.
  14. If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.
  15. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
  16. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  17. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.
  18. When someone shows you who they believe them; the first time.
  19. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
  20. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
  21. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
  22. Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.
  23. I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
  24. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
  25. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
  26. I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
  27. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
  28. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
  29. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
  30. Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size, But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say It’s in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.
  31. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
  32. You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.
  33. A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
  34. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
  35. You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
  36. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
  37. Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
  38. If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?
  39. The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
  40. Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.
  41. Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.
  42. No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
  43. Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
  44. You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!

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