We are both great fans of Maya Angelou’s work and her quotes. Maya Angelou, for those who don’t know, is an American autobiographer and poet who is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes. Her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her first seventeen years, and is an inspiring book. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Diiie. She holds the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Here are some quotes from Maya Angelou.
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.
I know why the caged bird sings.
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
My mother was really telling me to go ahead and love life, to engage in it, give it all you’ve got. To love it with a passion.
Determine to live life with flair and laughter.
There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.
Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible and live long lives.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
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.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
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.
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life”.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
I can be changed by what happens to me. but I refuse to be reduced by it.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
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.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
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