Looking for some inspiration? Look no further than the wise words of Maya Angelou. Throughout her life, Maya Angelou faced many challenges. Despite everything she went through, she always remained positive and continued to pursue her dreams. Maya Angelou was born on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at a young age, she was sent to live with her grandmother in Arkansas. As a child, Maya was shy and had a difficult time making friends.

However, she found solace in books and would often spend hours reading. Throughout her life, Maya Angelou faced racism, sexism, and poverty. Despite all the odds stacked against her, she was able to overcome these obstacles and become a successful writer, poet, and civil rights activist. Here are some of Maya Angelou’s most inspiring quotes about love, life, and success:

“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!” ― Maya Angelou

“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” ― Maya Angelou

“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.” ― Maya Angelou

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” ― Maya Angelou

“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” ― Maya Angelou

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” ― Maya Angelou

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

“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

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ― Maya Angelou

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” ― Maya Angelou

“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.” ― Maya Angelou

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou

“When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time.” ― Maya Angelou

“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.” ― Maya Angelou

“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

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” ― Maya Angelou

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ― Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

“Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.” ― Maya Angelou 

“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

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” ― Maya Angelou

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” ― Maya Angelou

“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

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.” ― Maya Angelou

“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” ― Maya Angelou

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ― Maya Angelou

“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

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” ― Maya Angelou

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you, kid. Let’s go.” ― Maya Angelou

“Nothing will work unless you do.” ― Maya Angelou

“You can’t get too high for somebody to bring you down.” ― Maya Angelou

“You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I’ll rise.” ― Maya Angelou

“A bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.” ― Maya Angelou

“I want you to learn that you cannot have anything without working for it.” ― Maya Angelou

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

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.” ― Maya Angelou

“We are growing up. We are growing up! Out of the idiocies – the ignorance of racism and sexism and ageism and all those ignorance.” ― Maya Angelou

“My people couldn’t have survived slavery without having hope that it would get better.” ― Maya Angelou

“Don’t hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it.” ― Maya Angelou

“The truth is, right may not be expedient. It may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul.” ― Maya Angelou

“I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings.” ― Maya Angelou

“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.” ― Maya Angelou

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” ― Maya Angelou

“The most difficult thing in the world, it seems to me, is to realize that I am a child of God; to keep that in my mind all the time.” ― Maya Angelou

“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

“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” ― Maya Angelou

“Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.” ― Maya Angelou

“I think we have systematically and critically harmed ourselves and many young people by advising them not to try things.” ― Maya Angelou

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” ― Maya Angelou

“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.” ― Maya Angelou

“Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.” ― Maya Angelou

“A mother’s love liberates.” ― Maya Angelou

“If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.” ― Maya Angelou

“Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns.” ― Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.” ― Maya Angelou

“I think we ought to give ourselves more time. We should be more patient with ourselves and with each other.” ― Maya Angelou

“A man or woman who sees other people as whole and prepared and accords them respect and the same rights has arranged his or her own allies.” ― Maya Angelou

“Only equals can become friends.” ― Maya Angelou

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” ― Maya Angelou

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” ― Maya Angelou

“It’s the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet.” ― Maya Angelou

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.” ― Maya Angelou

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

“I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do.” ― Maya Angelou

“You have to deal with what you encounter. But you must not be reduced. And so a way not to be reduced is don’t whine! Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low.” ― Maya Angelou

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.” ― Maya Angelou

“If I’m here, I’ll be trying to be a better human being, a better writer, a better friend and a better beloved.” ― Maya Angelou

“Those who have something to say accept the fact that that’s lonely. One already knows that there will be adversaries.” ― Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” ― Maya Angelou

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ― Maya Angelou

 “It is through the eyes of strangers that a parent can see their children as people.” ― Maya Angelou

“You are very kind and very intelligent and those elements are not always found together.” ― Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony that bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou

“I come as one but I stand as ten thousand.” ― Maya Angelou

 “I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy.” ― Maya Angelou

“When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else.” ― Maya Angelou

 “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.” ― Maya Angelou

“When I walk in, they may like me or dislike me, but everybody knows I’m here” ― Maya Angelou

“If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.” ― Maya Angelou

 “As a species, we were an abomination. All of us.” ― Maya Angelou

“I have learned to accept my responsibility and to forgive myself first, then to apologise to anyone injured by my misreckoning.” ― Maya Angelou

“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” ― Maya Angelou

“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.” ― Maya Angelou

“Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.” ― Maya Angelou

“I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss.” ― Maya Angelou

“If you’re always trying to be normal you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” ― Maya Angelou

“The wise woman thinks twice and speaks once or, better yet, does not speak at all.” ― Maya Angelou

“I learned that a friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.” ― Maya Angelou

“Intelligence always had a pornographic influence on me.” ― Maya Angelou

“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” ― Maya Angelou

 “Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.” ― Maya Angelou

 “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.” ― Maya Angelou

“We must insist that the men and women who expect to lead us recognize the true desires of those who are being led.” ― Maya Angelou

“Take as much time as you need to make up your mind, but once it is made up, step out on your decision like it’s something you want.” ― Maya Angelou

“Peace means when there is conflict, use our common sense and our compassion to consider rest of humanity, our human brothers and sisters.” ― Maya Angelou

“I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings.” ― Maya Angelou

“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love.” ― Maya Angelou

 “I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.” ― Maya Angelou 

“Although I had no regrets, I told myself sadly that growing up was not the painless process one would have thought it to be.” ― Maya Angelou

“On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.” ― Maya Angelou

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