21 Quotes by Maya Angelou to inspire you

Quotes-by-Maya-AngelouIf you’re unfamiliar with the late Maya Angelou, she was an American poet, writer and civil rights activist.

She’s published numerous autobiographies, books of essays, and books of poetry and was credited with a list of plays, movies and television shows spanning over 50 years.

For me, she was an inspiring thinker and I admire her work.

So here are 21 quotes by Maya Angelou to illustrate why I think she was an inspiration to us all.

Quotes by Maya Angelou (1-11):

  1. Nothing will work unless you do.
  2. All great achievements require time.
  3. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
  4. If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.
  5. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  6. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
  7. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
  8. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.
  9. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
  10. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
  11. The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

Quotes by Maya Angelou (12-21):

  1. Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
  2. 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.
  3. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
  4. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
  5. 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.
  6. My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  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. 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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