Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou, an American writer known for her memoirs, poetry, and contributions to civil rights, authored seven autobiographies, three essay collections, multiple volumes of poetry, and is recognized for her involvement in various plays, films, and TV programs across a span of half a century. Her accomplishments garnered numerous accolades and over 50 honorary degrees. Wikipedia

“Home is a refuge, not only from the world but a refuge from my worries, my terrible concerns.” ~ Maya Angelou

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The most called upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If we accept being talked to in any kind of way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best.” ~ Maya Angelou

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing falling colors of a rainbow.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.” ~ Maya Angelou

“In order to be a friend you have to be a friend.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” ~ Maya Angelou

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Everyday I try to do better. See better. Say better. Talk better. Be better. I do my best. And I blow it 10 times out of 12. I ask forgiveness of anyone whose feelings I may have hurt. I ask forgiveness of God. I forgive myself. And then I start again.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.” ~ Maya Angelou

“This is a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” ~ Maya Angelou

“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 you.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves, and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” ~ Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ~ Maya Angelou

“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.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Nothing will work unless you do.” ~ Maya Angelou

“To those who have given up on love, I say, ‘Trust life a little bit.’”

“Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side.” ~ Maya Angelou

“My mother raised me, and then freed me.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” ~ Maya Angelou

“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.” ~ Maya Angelou

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” ~ Maya Angelou

“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.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“In a flush of love’s light we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You alone are enough, you have nothing to prove to anybody.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Be present in all things, and thankful for all things.” ~ Maya Angelou

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When you have an attitude of gratitude you wake up saying thank you.” ~ Maya Angelou

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” ~ Maya Angelou

“No one can take the place of a friend, no one.” ~ Maya Angelou

“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.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” ~ Maya Angelou

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” ~ Maya Angelou

“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I was told many years ago by my grandmother who raised me: If somebody puts you on a road and you don’t feel comfortable on it and you look ahead and you don’t like the destination and you look behind and you don’t want to return to that place, step off the road.” ~ Maya Angelou

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you don’t know what you’re here to do then just do some good.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ~ Maya Angelou

“We need much less than we think we need.” ~ Maya Angelou

“It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for a while their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I know something better is on the road for me.” ~ Maya Angelou

“All great achievements require time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Only equals can become friends.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~ Maya Angelou

“There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly, soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” ~ Maya Angelou

“There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Families are held together by choice. Members are alike and unalike, yet there is comfort in the sameness and excitement in the differences. When we respect and relish both conditions, we can call ourselves family.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Success is loving life and daring to live it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I created myself. I have taught myself so much.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, she stands up for all women.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Your legacy is every life you touch.” ~ Maya Angelou

“In diversity, there is beauty and there is strength.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You forgive yourself for every failure because you tried to do the right thing. God knows that, and you know it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The ache for home is in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I care and I dare.” ~ Maya Angelou

“We are only as blind as we want to be.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Live as though life was created for you.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If we lose love and self respect for each other this is how we finally die.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

“This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” ~ Maya Angelou

“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.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” ~ Maya Angelou

“My mother is full of joy and life, I am her child, and that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ~ Maya Angelou

“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies, you may tread me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.” ~ Maya Angelou

“The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.” ~ Maya Angelou

“I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” ~ Maya Angelou

“There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Still, I rise.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you only have one smile in you give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou

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