Best quotes by the American Poet Maya Angelou

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
  • inspirational

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

Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
  • character

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



If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  • valentines

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

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

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.
  • Ritual

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
  • surviving

The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
  • people

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
  • Change

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.
  • living

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

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
  • music

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.
  • Hope

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
  • inspirational

When you know better you do better.
  • education

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

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
  • family

I believe that every person is born with talent.
  • Talent

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
  • Actions

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.
  • Anger

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
  • beauty

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
  • awareness

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.
  • people

A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.
  • Women

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

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

I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me.
  • feminism

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
  • Children


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Maya Angelou life quotes

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Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
  • character

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.
  • living

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
  • Life

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
  • Life

Touched by an Angel We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
  • life

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

Life loves the liver of it.
  • Life

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."
  • kid

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Maya Angelou people quotes

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

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  • valentines

The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.
  • people

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
  • beauty

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.
  • people

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.
  • people

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
  • education

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When you know better you do better.
  • education

Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
  • Education

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

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
  • education

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Maya Angelou change quotes

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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
  • inspirational

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
  • Change

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

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

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
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Maya Angelou love quotes

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If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
  • valentines

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
  • die

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
  • always

Touched by an Angel We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
  • life

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
  • Love

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
  • Anger

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

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
  • truth

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
  • burden



If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
  • die

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.
  • people

My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
  • Humor

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
  • Life

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.
  • god

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

Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
  • Education

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.
  • Nature

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.
  • Life

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
  • Literary

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
  • opportunity

We need much less than we think we need.
  • contentment

...there is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I
  • Stubbornness

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

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.
  • Smile

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
  • learn

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
  • always

I answer the heroic question Death where is thy sting? It is here in my heart and mind and memories
  • Death

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

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
  • believing

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

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

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.
  • Time

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
  • become

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me.
  • phenomenal

Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.
  • poetry

It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don
  • Ignorance

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.
  • Solitude

Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
  • poem

Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.
  • Work

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

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

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
  • loneliness

Touched by an Angel We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity In the flush of love's light we dare be brave And suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
  • life

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

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

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

Life loves the liver of it.
  • Life

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

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
  • truth

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

Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.
  • Children

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
  • God

The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.
  • Men

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
  • travel

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."
  • kid

We love and lose in China, we weep on England's moors, and laugh and moan in Guinea, and thrive on Spanish shores. We seek success in Finland, are born and die in Maine. In minor ways we differ, in major we're the same.
  • brotherhood

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
  • Belief

All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.
  • Journeys

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
  • Love

Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.
  • Responsibility

The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
  • Women

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.
  • courage

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
  • achievement

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.
  • kind

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
  • angelou

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.
  • africa

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
  • acceptance

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
  • education

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.
  • literature

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
  • always

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.
  • rainbow


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