Maya Angelou Quotes

Dr Maya Angelou, born in 1928, is a poet and well known autobiographer. She is one of the strongest and most admired female voices across the world. 


Maya Angelou

– If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain – Maya Angelou

– A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song – Maya Angelou

– Nothing will work unless you do – Maya Angelou

– Courage: the most important of all virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently – Maya Angelou

– I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver – Maya Angelou

– There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you – Maya Angelou

– If you have only one smile, give it to the people you love – Maya Angelou

– I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There’s an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt – Maya Angelou

– The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them – Maya Angelou

– My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive, and do so with passion, compassion, some humor and some style – Maya Angelou

– Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it – Maya Angelou

– There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth – Maya Angelou

– A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her – Maya Angelou

– We need much less than we think we need – Maya Angelou

– We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty – Maya Angelou

– I can be changed by what happened to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it – Maya Angelou

– Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant – Maya Angelou

– I have learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one – Maya Angelou

– The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise – Maya Angelou

– You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise! – Maya Angelou

– I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare – Maya Angelou

– There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing – Maya Angelou

– At the end of the day people won’t remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel – Maya Angelou

– Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible – Maya Angelou

– There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it – Maya Angelou

– We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated – Maya 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 – Maya Angelou


May 28, 2014 update: Maya Angelou dies at 86. We have lost a treasure, however the written word, her spoken words will live on in our hearts.

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  1. I have admired Maya from her reflections in the media now I must chose her for her wise quotables. Ilook forward to reading her. Where do I start? Somebody tell me.I hold this to be my battle cry:”I can be changed by what happened to me but I refuse to be diminished by it.”Oh how beutiful.

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