Maya Angelou quotes

53 Maya Angelou Quotes – Inspiring Short Quotes

Here are Maya Angelou Quotes to inspire you

Quick facts about Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees

Name at birth: Marguerite Annie Johnson
Place: St. Louis, Missouri, US
April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014 (aged 86)
Occupation: Writer, poet, civil rights, activist
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Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou


  1. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou quotes

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


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

Maya Angelou quotes about love

  1. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. ” – Maya Angelou
  2. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. ” – Maya Angelou
  3. “If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
  4. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”- Maya Angelou

Quotes by Maya Angelou

  1. “I know why the caged bird sings.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” – Maya Angelou
  3. “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.” – Maya Angelou
  4. “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
  5. Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
  7. “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou
  8. “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

Short Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. “We need much less than we think we need.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou
  3. “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou
  4. “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “Only equals can become friends.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.” – Maya Angelou
  7. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou
  8. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

Inspiring Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou
  3. “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.” – Maya Angelou
  4. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” – Maya Angelou
  7. “A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” – Maya Angelou
  8. “Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. “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.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  3. “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou
  4. “We are only as blind as we want to be.” – Maya Angelou
  5. “I got my own back.” – Maya Angelou
  6. “I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.” – Maya Angelou
  7. “Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” – Maya Angelou
  8. “Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.” – Maya Angelou
  9. “I do my best because I’m counting on you counting on me.” – Maya Angelou
  10. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

Best Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. “You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.” – Maya Angelou
  2. “The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.” – Maya Angelou
  3. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” – Maya Angelou

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