Best Selected Quotes of Maya Angelou

Her full name was Margurite Annie Johnson, born on 4th April in the year 1928, she was an African American writer and lived for around 86 years.

A multi-talented lady blessed with the art of poetry,  a dancing, singing, memoirist and she also fought for the rights of black people. So it would be fair to call her a civil right activist of her time.

She was beyond the word pioneer. The greatest accomplishment of Maya Angelou is the fact that she has liberated herself enough to be able, to tell the truth, in one of the interviews she said;

“There is nothing that I don’t love about my life love it’s a struggle but that’s life, that is why they call it as life”. 


She has published several autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, She was also credited with a list of poetry, movies and various television shows.

Maya Angelou has received dozens of awards and over more than Fifty honourary degrees from various prestigious colleges and universities, best known for her seven autobiographies which focused on her early childhood and adult experience. She also worked with Martin Luther King Jr, and the great Malcolm X.

The poem “On The Pulse of Morning” recited by the Maya Angelou at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton made her the first poet to make the inaugural recitation since Robert Frost which He did during the inauguration of John F Kenedy in 1964. 

 Maya Angelou died on the morning of May 28, 2014, She was in poor health condition and during that time she was working on another book on an autobiography about her experience with national and worldwide leaders.

On her death, She was paid tribute by artists, entertainment and world leaders. The renowned personalities like Obama 

The Quotes and Thoughts of Maya Angelou are still alive and reverberate all around the word among all age categories and races. So here we have the collection of Quotes from Maya Angelou

"Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity."

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

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

"Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice."

"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."

"You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated."

"Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honour their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is ageing."

"Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honour their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is ageing."

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

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

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


“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

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That’s why it’s important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are” ~ Maya Angelou

“If you are going down a road and don’t like what’s in front of you, and look behind you and don’t like what you see, get off the road. Create a new path!” ~ 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

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

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

“You can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better.” ~ Maya Angelou

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

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humour and style.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Every day I awaken I am grateful. I intend to be present on that day. And laugh as much as possible.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.” ~ 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

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

“To know and not to do is not to know. We need to be active instruments against evil. We need to do.” ~ Maya Angelou

“You can see in others what they don’t see in themselves and what the world doesn’t see in them.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.” ~ Maya Angelou

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive” ~ Maya Angelou

“Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse.” ~ Maya Angelou

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.


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