quote by Maya Angelou

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

— Maya Angelou

Whopping Be You quotations

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.


The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.

Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.

Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone;

but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery.


When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.

Be a free thinker and don't accept everything you hear as truth.

Be critical and evaluate what you believe in.

No matter how successful you become you gotta keep grindin' and be a good person and then good things will come to you.

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.


You may never know what results come of your actions, but if you do nothing, there will be no results.

You're not supposed to be so blind with patriotism that you can't face reality. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it.

I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else.

I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.

Dare to declare who you are. It is not far from the shores of silence to the boundaries of speech. The path is not long, but the way is deep. You must not only walk there, you must be prepared to leap.

You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice.


Be silent, if you choose; but when it is necessary, speak–and speak in such a way that people will remember it.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.

To the world you might be one person, but to one person you might be the world.

Remember that you will never reach a higher standard than you yourself set.

Then set your mark high, and step by step, even though it be by painful effort, by self-denial and sacrifice, ascend the whole length of the ladder of progress.


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds

Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.

I am involved in the land of a leonine and brave people, where every foot of the ground is like a well of steel, confronting my soldier. You have brought only one son into the world, but everyone in this land can be called an Alexander.

You're under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right - for you’ll be criticized anyway.


When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

If indeed you must be candid, be candid beautifully.

Talk unbelief, and you will have unbelief;

but talk faith, and you will have faith. According to the seed sown will be the harvest.

Our labor here is brief, but the reward is eternal.

Do not be disturbed by the clamor of the world, which passes like a shadow. Do not let false delights of a deceptive world deceive you.

Wherever you are, whatever you do, be in love.


He's not perfect. You aren't either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can.

There are more fake guides, teachers in the world than stars.

The real guide is the one who makes you see your inner beauty, not the one who wants to be admired and followed.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will probably be unhappy all the days of your life.