Maya Angelou

Top 100 Maya Angelou Quotes on Love, Life, Success, Feminism, Leadership and Motherhood

 

Try to Be a Rainbow in Someone's Cloud.

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“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.”

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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.”

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“Effective Action is always Unjust.”

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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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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!

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If you Don't Like something, Change it. If you Can't Change it, Change your Attitude.

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My Mom was a Terrible Parent of Young Children. And Thank God - I Thank God every Time I Think of it - I was Sent to my Paternal Grandmother. Ah, but my Mother was a Great Parent of a Young Adult.

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“There is No Greater Agony than Bearing an Untold Story inside you.” 

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“Courage is The Most Important of all The Virtues because Without Courage, you Can't Practice any other Virtue Consistently.” 

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“I Love to See a Young Girl Go out and Grab The World by The Lapels. Life's a Bitch. You've Got to Go out and Kick ass.” 

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“Bitterness is Like Cancer. It Eats upon The Host. But Anger is Like Fire. It Burns it all Clean.”

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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.

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“As Far as I Knew white Women were Never Lonely, except in Books. White men Adored them, Black men Desired them and Black women Worked for them.”

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“I Believe that Every Person is Born with Talent.”

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Love Recognizes No Barriers. It Jumps Hurdles, Leaps Fences, Penetrates Walls to Arrive at its Destination Full of Hope.

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“Do The Best you can until you Know Better. Then when you Know Better, Do Better.”

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“Stand Up Straight and Realize who you are. That you Tower Over your Circumstances. You are a Child of God. Stand Up Straight.”

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Develop enough Courage so that you can Stand Up for Yourself and then Stand Up for Somebody else.

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I Do my Best because I’m Counting on you Counting on me.

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Only Equals can Become Friends.

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The Desire to Reach for The Stars is Ambitious. The Desire to Reach Hearts is Wise.

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“Children's Talent to Endure stems from their Ignorance of Alternatives.”

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You Alone are Enough. You have Nothing to Prove to Anybody.
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“How Important it is for Us to Recognize and Celebrate our Heroes and She-roes!”

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“Forgiveness. It's One of The Greatest Gifts you can Give yourself, to Forgive. Forgive Everybody. You are Relieved of Carrying that Burden of Resentment. You Really are Lighter. You Feel Lighter. You just Drop that.” 

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“All Great Achievements Require Time.”

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“I Think we ought to Give ourselves More Time. We should be More Patient with ourselves and with Each Other.”

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When someone Shows you who They are, Believe them The First Time. People know themselves much Better than you Do. That's why it's Important to Stop Expecting them to be Something Other than who They are.

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When you Get Give. When you Learn Teach.

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“History, Despite its Wrenching pain, Cannot be Unlived, but if Faced with Courage, Need Not be Lived again.”

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“At fifteen Life had Taught me Undeniably that Surrender, in its Place, was as Honorable as Resistance, Especially if One had No Choice.”

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“We Delight in The Beauty of The Butterfly, but Rarely admit The Changes it has Gone through to Achieve that Beauty.” 

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Life Loves The Liver of it.

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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.

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Life is Not Measured by The Number of Breaths we Take, but by The Moments that Take our Breath away.

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“I did then what I Knew how to Do. Now that I Know Better, I Do Better.” 

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“Our Stories come from our Lives and from The Playwright's pen, The Mind of The Actor, The Roles we Create, The Artistry of Life itself and The Quest for Peace.” 

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If you are always Trying to Be Normal you will Never Know how Amazing you can Be.

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The Needs of Society Determine its Ethics.

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“Music was my Refuge. I could Crawl into The Space between The Notes and Curl my Back to Loneliness.” 

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“I'm Grateful to be an American. I am Grateful that we can be Angry at The Terrorist assault and at The Same Time be Intelligent enough Not to Hold a Grudge against every Arab and every Muslim.” 

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I Know why The Caged Bird sings.

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“I have Found that among its Other Benefits, Giving Liberates The Soul of The Giver.”

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“I am Grateful to be a Woman. I must have Done Something Great in another Life.”

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“If you have only One Smile in you Give it to The People you Love.”

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“You may Not Control all The Events that Happen to you, but you can Decide Not to be Reduced by them.” 

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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.

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Determine to Live Life with Flair and Laughter.

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If you're Going to Live, Leave a legacy. Make a Mark on The World that Can't be Erased.

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“I Respect myself and Insist upon it from Everybody. And because I Do it, I then Respect Everybody, too.”

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“Forgive Yourself - No One else Will.”

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“We may Encounter many Defeats but we must Not be Defeated.”

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“I Believe we are still so Innocent. The Species are still so Innocent that a Person who is apt to be Murdered Believes that The Murderer, just before he puts The Final Wrench on his Throat, will have enough Compassion to Give him One Sweet Cup of Water.”

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“Achievement Brings its Own Anticlimax.”

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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.

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“I Got my Own Back.”

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“Each Person Deserves a Day away in which No Problems are Confronted, No Solutions Searched for.” 

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“Prepare Yourself so that you can Be a Rainbow in Somebody else's Cloud.” 

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Surviving is Important. Thriving is Elegant.

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Happiness is a Chance to Talk to a Friend, to hear Good Music, to have a Good Glass of Wine. Happiness is a Chance to be myself and to Find People with whom I Agree or who I Don't Agree but I can Learn Something.

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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.

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“If we Lose Love and Self Respect for each other, This is how we Finally Die.”

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“It is Time for Parents to Teach Young People early on that in Diversity there is Beauty and there is Strength.”
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At The End of The Day People won't Remember what you Said or did, They will Remember how you Made them Feel.

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“Nothing will Work Unless you Do.” 

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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.

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You Don't Need another Person, Place or Thing to Make you whole. God already did that. Your Job is to Know it.

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The Honorary Duty of a Human being is to Love.

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I would Like to Be Known as an Intelligent Woman, a Courageous Woman, a Loving Woman, a Woman who Teaches by being.

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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.

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“Love is Like a Virus. It can Happen to anybody at any Time.”
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“If One is Lucky, a Solitary Fantasy can Totally Transform One Million Realities.”

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Whining is Just Unbecoming.

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“Seek Patience and Passion in Equal amounts. Patience Alone will Not Build The Temple. Passion Alone will Destroy its Walls.”

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“If you Find it in your Heart to Care for Somebody else, you will have Succeeded.”

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“Nothing can Dim The Light that Shines from within.”

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“Life Loves to be Taken by The Lapel and Told: "I'm with you Kid. Let's go.”

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Hope and Fear Can Not Occupy The Same Space. Invite One to stay.

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“When you Know Better you Do Better.” 

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Hate, it has Caused a Lot of Problems in The World, but has Not Solved One yet.

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Every day I Awaken I am Grateful. My Intent is to be Totally Present in that Day. And Laugh as much as Possible.

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“I Created Myself. I have Taught Myself so much.”

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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.

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Find a Beautiful Piece of Art. If you Fall in Love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you Fall Love with The Music of Coltrane, The Music of Aretha Franklin, or The Music of Chopin - Find some Beautiful Art and Admire it, and Realize that that was Created by Human beings just Like you, No more Human, No Less.

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“Success is Liking Yourself, Liking what you Do, and Liking how you Do it.”

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I have a Son, who is My Heart. A Wonderful Young man, Daring and Loving and Strong and Kind.

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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.

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“To those who have Given Up on Love: I say, "Trust Life a Little bit.” 

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“Most Plain Girls are Virtuous because of The Scarcity of Opportunity to be Otherwise.”

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A Wise Woman Wishes to be No One's Enemy; a Wise Woman Refuses to be anyone's Victim.

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We are Only as Blind as we Want to be.

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It’s Very Important to know The Neighbor Next Door and The People Down The Street and The People in another Race.

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Someone was Hurt before you, Wronged before you, Hungry before you, Frightened before you, Beaten before you, Humiliated before you, Raped before you… yet, Someone Survived… You can Do Anything you Choose to do.

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“Faith is The Evidence of The Unseen.”

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The idea is to Write it so that People Hear it and it Slides through The Brain and Goes Straight to The Heart.

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I Want all My Senses Engaged. Let me Absorb The World’s Variety and Uniqueness.

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Nobody can Enjoy unless We all Enjoy, Truly Enjoy.

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I Never have Written every day. When I’m Writing a Book, I Write Monday through Friday. I always Try to Take Saturday and Pretend to have some Sanity.”

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A woman’s Heart should be so Hidden in God that a Man has to Seek Him just to Find Her.

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“Ask for what you Want and Be Prepared to Get it!” 

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My Mother Said I must always be Intolerant of Ignorance but Understanding of illiteracy.

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You Listen with Interest. That Gives some Sense of Confidence to The Speaker.

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“The only Thing is, People have to Develop Courage.”

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“Prejudice is a Burden that Confuses The Past, Threatens The Future and Renders The Present Inaccessible.”

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A Leader sees Greatness in other People. He nor she can be much of a Leader if all she Sees is herself.

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“Shakespeare must Be a Black Girl.” 

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There is a Very Fine Line between Loving Life and Being Greedy for it.

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Life is Pure Adventure, and The sooner we Realize that, The Quicker we will be Able to Treat Life as Art.

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“I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's Me.” 

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It’s Very Hard for Adults to Maintain Respect and Romance so that a Love Affair can be Sustained over Years.
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“The Need for Change Bulldozed a Road down The Center of my Mind.”

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I Like to have Guns around. I Don't Like to Carry them.

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“There’s a World of Difference between Truth and Facts. Facts can Obscure The Truth.”

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“Pretty Women Wonder where my Secret Lies. 
I'm Not Cute or Built to Suit a Fashion Model's size
But when I Start to Tell them,
They Think I'm Telling Lies.
I Say...
It's in The Reach of my Arms,
The Span of my Hips,
The Stride of my Step,
The Curl of my Lips.
I'm a Woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal Woman,
That's Me.” 

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I Believe that each of us Comes from The Creator Trailing Wisps of Glory.

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My Mother is so Full of Joy and Life. I am her Child. And that is Better than Being The Child of anyone else in The World.

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I Know that I've been Guided by God. I am Obedient.

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A Mother’s Love Liberates.

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If you Want to Liberate someone, Love them. Not be in Love with them – that’s Dangerous.

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The Loss of Young First Love is so Painful that it Borders on The Ludicrous.

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“Everything in The Universe has a Rhythm, Everything Dances.”

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I Try to See every Day as a Celebration.

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A Friend may be Waiting behind a Stranger’s Face.

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I Sustain myself with The Love of Family.

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