Maya Angelou in Her Own Words

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

Here are some quotes by Maya Angelou herself.  Feel and enjoy the wisdom!


“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.”Interview for Beautifully Said Magazine (2012)

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

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”Interview with the Academy of Achievement (1990)

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”  – Excerpted from Letter to My Daughter, a book of essays (2009)

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.” – Angelou’s Facebook (2011)

Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”Letter to My Daughter, a book of essays (2009)

“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.”Interview with Oprah for Angelou’s 70th birthday (2000)

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”The Art of Fiction No. 119, the Paris Review

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

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Angelou’s Facebook (Jan. 11, 2013)

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”Date unknown

“I believe that every person is born with a talent.”Date unknown

“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.”Interview in USA TODAY (March 5, 1988)

If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”  – This was her final tweet, posted on 23 May 2014.


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