Maya Angelou’s Inspirational Quotes to Live By

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Maya Angelou was a celebrated poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist who shared several life lessons during her career.
It is essential to learn from historical figures such as Maya Angelou because it helps us to acquire insight and inspiration from their experiences and contributions. We may obtain a greater grasp of the world around us.

Here are some of Maya Angelou’s quotes you can live by;

“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

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

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

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

Maya Angelou

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

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

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“I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman, that’s me.”

Maya Angelou

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

“I’m a woman, a black woman, and I will be respected as such.”

Maya Angelou

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

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

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

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

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

Maya Angelou

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

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“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

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

“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.”

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

“The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.”

“I’ve learned that you can’t change how people treat you, but you can change how you react to it.”

“I am a human being, first and foremost, and as such I am entitled to the same rights and respect as any other human being.”

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

“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.”

“I believe that every person is born with talent.”

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“I’ve learned that it takes years to build up trust, and only seconds to destroy it.”

Maya Angelou taught great lessons on perseverance, self-love, education, empathy, the power of words, standing up for what is right, forgiveness, community, creativity, and the necessity of living in the present now throughout her life and work.

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