Maya Angelou quotes
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.
What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
Maya Angelou Inspirational quotes ⇑
I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
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!
My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
Maya Angelou Short quotes ⇑
Be present in all things and thankful for all things.
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
All Maya Angelou quotes ⇑
I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.
It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally.
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.
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 can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
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
The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.
You shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
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.
I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.
Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.
Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.