Quotes about Maya Angelou

21 Inspiring Quotes By Performer, Poet, Activist, Memoirist & Teacher, Maya Angelou

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My all time favorite performer, poet, activist, memoirist and teacher, Maya Angelou has lived an extraordinary life. She’s inspired me to stand up for what I believe and will always be my greatest teacher. I’ve listed a few of my favorite quotes, enjoy and be inspired.

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1. “I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”

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

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

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

5. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

6. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

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

8. “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.”

9. “I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.”

10. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

11. “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.”

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

13. “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.”

14. “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.”

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

16. “You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.”

17. “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.”

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

19. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

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

… and my most favorite Maya Angelou quote.

21. “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.”

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