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Maya Angelou Quotes Celebrating Success, Love & Life

Maya Angelou Quotes

Inspirational Maya Angelou quotes about loving the life you have, regardless of the challenges. 

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was a celebrated author, influential poet, dancer, actress, singer, and activist. Maya received over 50 honorary degrees and is celebrated for her series of 7 autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and adult experiences.

In 2010, she received one of the country’s highest honors when President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Maya Angelou’s life represented confidence, contribution, and perseverance. She left behind a lifetime of wisdom that will be cherished for many years to come.

Here are some of our favorite Maya Angelou quotes! Her words are a mix of straight talk and poetry and her messages transcend race and generations, enjoy!


Maya Angelou Quotes about Essential Life Truths


1.) 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


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


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3.) 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.   – Maya Angelou


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Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes About Hope


4.) While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.  – Maya Angelou


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


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6.) 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.  – Maya Angelou


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Uplifting Maya Angelou Quotes About Loving others

7.) Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.  – Maya Angelou


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8.) If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.   – Maya Angelou


9.) Nothing will work unless you do.  – Maya Angelou

Inspiring Maya Angelou Quotes About Success, Love and Life


10.) 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.  – Maya Angelou


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


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12.) 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.  – Maya Angelou


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13.) A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.  – Maya Angelou


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14.) Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.   – Maya Angelou


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15.) My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked, a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.  – Maya Angelou


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Maya Angelou quotes about love and greatness


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.’  – Maya Angelou


17.) All great achievements require time.  – Maya Angelou


18.) History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.  – Maya Angelou


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


20.) 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


21.) I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.  – Maya Angelou


22.) It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.  – Maya Angelou


23.) 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


24.) If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.  – Maya Angelou


25.) I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.  – Maya Angelou


26.) Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.  – Maya Angelou


27.) I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.  – Maya Angelou


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


29.) We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.  – Maya Angelou


Other Maya Angelou quotes about life, love, and success


30.) My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.  – Maya Angelou


31.) Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’  – Maya Angelou


32.) I believe that every person is born with talent.  – Maya Angelou


33.) At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.  – Maya Angelou


34.) My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.  – Maya Angelou


35.) I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.  – Maya Angelou


36.) In all my work, I try to say, ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’   – Maya Angelou


37.) I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.  – Maya Angelou


38.) Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.  – Maya Angelou


39.) Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.  – Maya Angelou


40.) 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


41.) I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.  – Maya Angelou


42.) You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.   – Maya Angelou


43.) 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


44.) I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.   – Maya Angelou


45.) Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.  – Maya Angelou


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


47.) Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that – if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!   – Maya Angelou


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48.) I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.  – Maya Angelou


49.) It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.  – Maya Angelou


50.) There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.   – Maya Angelou


Inspiring Maya Angelou Quotes About Success, Love and Life


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


52.) Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.  – Maya Angelou


53.) I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.  – Maya Angelou


54.) Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.  – Maya Angelou


55.) I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.  – Maya Angelou


56.) Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.  – Maya Angelou


57.) I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.  – Maya Angelou


58.) 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


59.) When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou


60.) If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.  – Maya Angelou


Did You Enjoy These Maya Angelou Quotes?

Though Maya Angelou died in 2014, her legacy still lives. She will always be remembered not only for her poetry and storytelling but also as an educator, civil activist, actress, and filmmaker.

Maya overcame sexual abuse, racism, poverty, violence and more to become an award-winning author and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Hopefully, these quotes have inspired you to love the life you have and to overcome any obstacles that may come your way.

So, did you enjoy these Maya Angelou quotes? Tell us in the comment section below. If you have any other quotes from Maya Angelou to share with us, please don’t hesitate to mention it. Also, feel free to share the quotes with your friends and followers.



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