Monday, April 15, 2024

Best 95+ Quotes of Maya Angelou

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1.If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

2.The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.

3.I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place.

4.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.

5.Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

6.If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

7.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.

8.We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

9.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.

10.Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

11.Nothing will work unless you do.

12.If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. Maya Angelou History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

13.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.

14.It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

15.Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.

16.Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.

17.The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

18.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.

19.Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

20.We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men… We are who we are because they were who they were. It’s wise to know where you come from, who called your name.

21.All great achievements require time.

22.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.

23.How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

24.If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

25.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.

26.My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

27.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.

28.If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

29.I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.

30.In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.

31.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. Maya Angelou I got my own back.

32.Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.

33.There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

34.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.

35.Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

36.Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

36.A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

37.I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

38.Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

39.What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.

40.It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.

41.I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.

42.If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

43.You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

44.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.

45.It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

46.The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

47.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.

48.The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.

49.The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.

50.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.

51.I believe that every person is born with talent.

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

52 I did work in a strip club, but I didn’t strip. I danced, and I became very popular.

53.There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

54.The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.

55.Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.

56.I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

57.The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.

58.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.

59.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.

60.My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.

61.Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.

62.I’m grateful to intelligent people. That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.

62.Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.

63.In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.

64.What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me.

65.I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss.

66.Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up.

67.All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided.

68.I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.

69.I promised myself that I would write as well as I can, tell the truth, not to tell everything I know, but to make sure that everything I tell is true, as I understand it. And to use the eloquence which my language affords me.

70.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!

71.There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

72.In a magazine, one can get – from cover to cover – 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.

73.I’m just like you – I want to be a good human being. I’m doing my best, and I’m working at it. And I’m trying to be a Christian. I’m always amazed when people walk up to me and say, ‘I’m a Christian.’ I always think, ‘Already? You’ve already got it?’ I’m working at it. And at my age, I’ll still be working at it at 96.

74.We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.

75.Life loves the liver of it.

76.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?’

77.It’s good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.

78.One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can’t swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it’s what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance.

79.The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

80.The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.

81.I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I’m a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself – all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.

82.Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’

83.I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.

84.I’m interested in women’s health because I’m a woman. I’d be a darn fool not to be on my own side.

85.I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

86.I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it’s lasting me very well.

87.All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.

88.Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

89.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.

90.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.

91.At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

92.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.

93.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.

94.Bitterness is cancer – it eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure.

95.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.’

96.We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!

97.When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today.

98.You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, ‘I’m a representative.’

99.Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.

100.I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I’ll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me.

101.The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.

102.Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.

103.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.

104.Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.

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