Maya Angelou Quotes To Live By

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) was an African-American writer, poet, civil rights activist, memoirist, and much more. She’s best known for I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969), which was among a seven-part autobiographical series. She led a bold, inspiring, accomplished life, and was a true trailblazing woman to be remembered and honored. Here is a compilation of Maya Angelou quotes that we would all do well to live by: 

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”

“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.”

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

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

“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 quotes

“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.”

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

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

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

“If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

“‎The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.”

Maya Angelou

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

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

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

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

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

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

“You did the best that you knew how. Now that you know better, you’ll do better.”


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