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Maya Angelou Quotes
Maya Angelou Quotes

I do my best because I’m counting on you counting on me. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

You are always trying normal will never know how amazing can wisdom.

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

Nothing will work unless you do. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

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

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

Only equals can become friends. 

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

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

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

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. 

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 Quotes

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

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

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

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


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

Maya Angelou Top Quotes
Maya Angelou Top Quotes

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

You only are free when you realize you belong no place – you belong to every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. 

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.

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

To develop courage you have to start developing courage as you do any other muscle. You have to start with small things and build them up. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.

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. Write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk about it. Never stop taking it. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

Quotes By Maya Angelou
Quotes By Maya Angelou

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.

When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter, and better. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. You’ve already come through some things, which are very painful. If you’ve been alive until you’re 35, you have gone through some pain. It cost you something. And you’ve come through it. So at least look at that. And have the sense to look at yourself and say, “Well, wait a minute. I’m stronger than I thought I was.

I’m really saddened by the attempts to separate and polarize. This is a time when we have hungry people, people out of work, and people out of spirit. This is a time where we need to uplift, not to separate.

We need to not be in denial about what we’ve done, what we’ve come through. It will help us if we all do that.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

Maya Angelou Quotes On Life
Maya Angelou Quotes On Life

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 Quotes

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.

I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born – it means so can you. And so you can try to stretch, stretch, stretch yourself so you can internalize, ‘Homo sum, humani nil me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.’ That’s one thing I’m learning.


Maya Angelou Quotes Life
Maya Angelou Quotes Life

Whining lets the brute know there’s a victim for him in the neighborhood. 

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

I have enough of life in me to make somebody jealous enough to want to knock me down. I have so much courage in me that I have the effrontery, the incredible gall to stand up. That’s it. That’s how you get to know who you are. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

Those who have something to say accept the fact that that’s lonely. One already knows that there will be adversaries.

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. 

The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you’re greedy, you’re set up.

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

If I’m here, I’ll be trying to be a better human being, a better writer, a better friend, and a better beloved.

Courage, I don’t think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That’s not courage. 

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat so that we can know who we are.

In the latter years of your life, your happiness and your self-esteem will be determined by the mountains you surmounted, the valleys you climbed out of, and the life and/or career that you forged for yourself. 

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

If somebody is really trying to take your head off with a baseball bat – I don’t know how long you’re supposed to stand there and turn the other cheek, so he or she can get a better angle at taking your head off. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

If I am going to do the most difficult and frightening thing – dying – is it possible that I could do some difficult and impossible things that are good?

I think that each of us is so much alike, and yet at the same time we are so different, and I have a feeling that if you encountered difficulty, and I with my age encountered the same difficulty, I would respond one way, and you would respond another. Neither would be right or wrong. It’s just that each of us is courageous, and that’s what I encourage, courage, and the courage to see, and the courage to say to oneself what one has seen. Don’t be in denial. 

Maya Angelou Quotes Trust
Maya Angelou Quotes Trust

You have to deal with what you encounter. But you must not be reduced. And so a way not to be reduced is don’t whine! Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low.

I did get knocked down flat in front of the whole world, and I rose. I didn’t run away – I rose right where I’d been knocked down. And then that’s how you get to know yourself. 

In order to win, we play with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment.

I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do. 


You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.

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

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

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. 

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

When you know you are of worth — not asking it but knowing it — you walk into a room with particular power.

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.


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 Quotes

Maya Angelou Quotes Success
Maya Angelou Quotes Success

My great blessing is my son, but I have daughters. I have white ones and Black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain. I have gay ones and straight. I have daughters. I have Asian ones, I have Jewish ones, I have Muslim ones.

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it! 

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

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 Quotes

My work is, to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth.

I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can’t ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won’t stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you’d be surprised that people say, “Can I be of help?”.

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.

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. 

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

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet.


Famous Maya Angelou Quotes
Famous Maya Angelou Quotes

Your belief and your work will speak for you.

Life loves the liver of it.

All great achievements require time.

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

Effective action is always unjust.

We need much less than we think we need.

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

Everybody is worth everything.

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.

Whining is just unbecoming.

I believe that every person is born with talent.

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

I know why the caged bird sings.

The needs of society determine its ethics.

If someone shows you who they really are, believe them.


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

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in is the library.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, ‘I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.’

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

Maya Angelou Quotes Love
Maya Angelou Quotes Love

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.

I never have written every day. When I’m writing a book, I write Monday through Friday. I always try to take Saturday and pretend to have some sanity.

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

If you have only 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 Quotes


We are only as blind as we want to be.

You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end, real forgiveness is in one’s own self.

Nobody can enjoy it unless we all enjoy, truly enjoy it.

When I decided to speak, I had a lot to say.

Grace is like a lake of drinkable water right outside your door. But you stay inside and die of thirst.

We are not just flesh and blood. And our hunger is not going to be set aside as just flesh and blood.

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 Quotes

When was the last time anyone told you how important you are?

Listen to yourself and in that quietude, you might hear the voice of God.

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.

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. 


If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within. ~ Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou short Quotes
Maya Angelou short Quotes

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

When you get to give. When you learn teach.

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

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.

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

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 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.

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.


I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.

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

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

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. 

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