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Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou Quotes
Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou Quotes

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Here are some of our favorite Maya Angelou quotes! Her words are a mix of straight talk and poetry and her messages transcend race and generations. You”ll find Maya Angelou quotes on life, love, happiness, courage, family, friendship, education and much more.  Enjoy!

Maya Angelou Quotes
Maya Angelou Quotes

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Maya Angelou quotes to inspire you

1. I’ve had rainbows in my clouds. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes
Maya Angelou Quotes

2. Nothing will work unless you do.   Maya Angelou

3. Faith is the evidence of the unseen. Maya Angelou

4. I note the obvious differences between each sort and type.

5. I hope you always find a reason to smile. Maya Angelou

6. All great achievements require time.   Maya Angelou

7. Live as though life was created for you. Maya Angelou

8. When you learn, teach. When you get, give. Maya Angelou

9. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.   Maya Angelou

10. Give yourself time just to be with yourself. Maya Angelou

11. Living well is an art which can be developed. Maya Angelou

12. I believe that every person is born with talent.   Maya Angelou

13. Success is loving life and daring to live it. Maya Angelou

14. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.   Maya Angelou

15. I created myself. I have taught myself so much. Maya Angelou

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16. Let nothing dim the light that shines from within. Maya Angelou

17. We begin to stop in order simply to begin again. Maya Angelou

18. Their faces shone with the delight of their souls. Maya Angelou

19. In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou

20. You can’t get too high for somebody to bring you down. Maya Angelou

21. We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance. Maya Angelou

22. The only way out of something is all the way through it. Maya Angelou

23. Intelligence always had a pornographic influence on me. Maya Angelou

24. This a a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before. Maya Angelou

25. I like to have guns around. I don’t like to carry them. Maya Angelou

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

27. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Maya Angelou

28. I’m not a writer who teaches. I’m a teacher who writes. Maya Angelou

29. This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. Maya Angelou

30. All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market. Maya Angelou

Insightful Maya Angelou quotes

31. I did then what I knew best, when I knew better, I did better. Maya Angelou

32. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. Maya Angelou

33. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. Maya Angelou

34. It’s hard to make the prettiest clothes fit a miserable man. Maya Angelou

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

36. At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.   Maya Angelou

37. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind. Maya Angelou

38. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.    Maya Angelou

39. The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. Maya Angelou

40. Always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou quotes that will expand your mind

42. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

43. I learned that a friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face. Maya Angelou

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

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

46. I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.   Maya Angelou

47. If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.    Maya Angelou

48. There is a true yearning to respond to the singing river and wise rock. Maya Angelou

49. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou

50. I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.    Maya Angelou

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51. Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. Maya Angelou

52. If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? Maya Angelou

53. It was a little light, but she aimed it directly at the gloom of ignorance. Maya Angelou

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

55. I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music. Maya Angelou

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

57. I refuse to allow any manmade differences to separate me from any other human beings. Maya Angelou

58. I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love. Maya Angelou

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

Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes About Hope

60. Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.   Maya Angelou

61. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.   Maya Angelou

62. Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’   Maya Angelou

63. If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.   Maya Angelou

64. The wise woman thinks twice and speaks once or, better yet, does not speak at all. Maya Angelou

65. Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.   Maya Angelou

Other inspirational Maya Angelou quotes

66. Do the best you can do till you know better. Then, when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou

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

68. Believe people when they tell you who they are. They know themselves better than you. Maya Angelou

69. I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss. Maya Angelou

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

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

69. If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased. Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou Sayings

71. No human being can be more human than another human being. I liberate you from my ignorance. Maya Angelou

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

73. In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou

74. Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.   Maya Angelou

75. Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you. Maya Angelou

76. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. Maya Angelou

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

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

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

80. I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.   Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes about life, love, and success

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

82. I’m happy…I laugh as much as I can and cry when I have to, without apology. I think that’s happy. Maya Angelou

83. I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it. Maya Angelou

84. I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings. Maya Angelou

85. On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other. Maya Angelou

86. Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself. Maya Angelou

87. I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings. Maya Angelou

88. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.   Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes to elevate your perspective

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

90. Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible. Maya Angelou

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

92. You don’t need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it. Maya Angelou

93. I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.   Maya Angelou

94. We must insist that the men and women who expect to lead us recognize the true desires of those who are being led. Maya Angelou

Sayings of Maya Angelou

95. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.    Maya Angelou

96. I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.   Maya Angelou

97. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place. Maya Angelou

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

99. 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

100. The woman who truly intends to live a good life is already living phenomenally since intent is part of the achievement. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes that will broaden your mind

101. Peace means when there is conflict, use our common sense and our compassion to consider rest of humanity, our human brothers and sisters.

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

103. Although I had no regrets, I told myself sadly that growing up was not the painless process one would have thought it to be. Maya Angelou

104. I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.   Maya Angelou

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

106. In all my work, I try to say, ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’    Maya Angelou

107. All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou

108. Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight. Maya Angelou

109. I looked up the way I was going and back the way I come and since I wasn’t satisfied I stepped off and [found] me a new path. Maya Angelou

110. Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hardboiled egg. Maya Angelou

111. It is a nofail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.   Maya Angelou

Quotes by Maya Angelou to inspire you

112. We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.   Maya Angelou

113. 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

114. There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. Maya Angelou

115. 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. Maya Angelou

116. Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently. Maya Angelou

117. My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.   Maya Angelou

118. Take as much time as you need to make up your mind, but once it is made up, step out on your decision like it’s something you want. Maya Angelou

119. 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

120. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.   Maya Angelou

121. They may have forgotten how badly they treated you, or they may pretend that they have forgotten. But watch: They will come back to you. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes about love and greatness

122. It’s hard because people think they have something to lose and the truth is they have everything to gain in trying to love somebody. Maya Angelou

123. There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.    Maya Angelou

124. Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!    Maya Angelou

125. My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.   Maya Angelou

126. Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.   Maya Angelou

127. 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.   Maya Angelou

128. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.    Maya Angelou

129. Courage you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100pound weight without preparing yourself.   Maya Angelou

130. My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked, a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.   Maya Angelou

131. Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. Maya Angelou

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132. 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

133. While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.   Maya Angelou

134. Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence—neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish—it is an imponderably valuable gift. Maya Angelou

135. If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully. Maya Angelou

136. There is nothing a person can’t do, and there should be nothing a human being didn’t care about. It was the most positive encouragement I could have hoped for. Maya Angelou

137. Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible…We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou

138. If you want what you’re saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody’s life. Your own, first. Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes about Essential Life Truths

139. Human beings are like some plants. If we pause a few seconds in our journey, we begin setting down roots, tendrils that entangle other people as we ourselves are entangled. Maya Angelou

140. 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

141. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.‘   Maya Angelou

142. I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.   Maya Angelou

143. I find relief from the questions only when I concede that I am not obliged to know everything. I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true. Maya Angelou

144. Your reputation is the most important thing you’ll ever have. Not clothes, nor money, not the big cars you may drive. If your reputation is good, you can achieve anything you want in the world. Maya Angelou

145. All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated. Maya Angelou

146. One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.   Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes to elevate your mind

147. Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.   Maya Angelou

148. You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.   Maya Angelou

149. I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.   Maya Angelou

150. One does not have to tell all that one knows, but we should be careful what we say is the truth. Maya Angelou


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