Maya Angelou

Writer. Poet. Civil Rights Activist

April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014

April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014

Writer. Poet. Civil Rights Activist


109 Greatest Quotes By Maya Angelou

Of course I could drive. Idiots and lunatics drove cars. Why not the brilliant Marguerite Johnson? Maya Angelou
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. Maya Angelou
The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer. Maya Angelou
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. 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
I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do. Maya Angelou
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. Maya Angelou
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! 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
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
My name had lost its ring of familiarity and I had to be nudged to go and receive my diploma. Maya Angelou
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. 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
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. Maya Angelou
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. Maya Angelou
This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. Maya Angelou
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'. Maya Angelou
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
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
If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou
When you learn, teach, when you get, give. Maya Angelou
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
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. Maya Angelou
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. Maya Angelou
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
If funkytown was a trailerpark, this guy would be a double-wide. Maya Angelou
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
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
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. Maya Angelou
A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face. Maya Angelou
Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. Maya Angelou
Few, if any, survive their teens. Maya Angelou
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. Maya Angelou
Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. Maya Angelou
Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now. 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
A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream. 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
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou
Now they seemed not ready to give up the old school, the familiar paths and classrooms. Maya Angelou
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. Maya Angelou
Lord keep Your arm around my shoulder and Your hand over my mouth. Maya Angelou
I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss. Maya Angelou
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. Maya Angelou
Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou
I think that that's the wisest thing - to prevent illness before we try to cure something. Maya Angelou
He watched her every move and when she left the room, his eyes allowed her reluctantly to go. Maya Angelou