70 Maya Angelou Quotes That Will Inspire You

The best inspiring quotes on love and life from this famous, amazing writer that will motivate you
Read the best Maya Angelou quotes that will really inspire your life.


Maya Angelou quotes

Maya Angelou (1928 - 2014) was a writer, poet, singer, and activist who was born in Missouri. Her specialty was autobiographies, being I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1968) one of her masterpieces. She was especially concerned about racism and segregation in the U.S., which she portrayed in her works.

Angelou was an incredible writer who has left us many wise reflections on life and love, among others. Find out the best Maya Angelou quotes that will really inspire you.

"If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be."
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
"I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
"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."
"I do my best because I’m counting on you counting on me."
“If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.”
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude."
"Nothing will work unless you do."
“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
“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.”
"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."
"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love."
"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. "
"Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else."
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
"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."
"We need much less than we think we need."
"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."
"Only equals can become friends."
“Stand up straight and realize who you are. That you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.”
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
"It is time for parents to teach young peopleearly on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
"If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me"
"If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love."
"You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody."
"I got my own back."
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
"Eating is so intimate. It's very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you're inviting a person into your life."
"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."
"The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise."
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”
“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
"I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don't just want to possess it, it will find you."
"I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one."
"A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim."
"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."
“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”
"Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That's the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they mary, they have the nerve to have children, but they don't grow up."
"I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool - and I'm not any of those - to say that I don't write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues."
"Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls."
"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning."
"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."
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”
"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place."
"Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."
"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."
“I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.”
“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”
"The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free."
"You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
"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.’"
"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."
“Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”
“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!”
"Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say 'That's life'."
"Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet."
"All great achievements require time."
"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."
"It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.”
"Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure."
"We are only as blind as we want to be. "
"It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody."
"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."

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