MAYA ANGELOU QUOTES

American poet (1928-2014)

Maya Angelou quote

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, The Law of Attraction

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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, "Still I Rise"

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Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

MAYA ANGELOU, Letter to My Daughter

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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.

MAYA ANGELOU, interview, Beautifully Said Magazine, Jul. 2012

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Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

MAYA ANGELOU, Facebook post, Nov. 22, 2013

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Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, Fifty Years of Living, Laughing and Loving

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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.

MAYA ANGELOU, Letter to My Daughter

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, Telling It Like It Is

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

MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, Black and Powerful

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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.

MAYA ANGELOU, Phenomenal Woman

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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.

MAYA ANGELOU, Facebook post, Jun. 9, 2013

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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, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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

MAYA ANGELOU, Facebook post, Jan. 25, 2013

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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.

MAYA ANGELOU, "Passports to Understanding"

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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

MAYA ANGELOU, Conversations with Maya Angelou

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Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

MAYA ANGELOU, USA Today, Mar. 5, 1988

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I was raped when I was very young. I told my brother the name of the person who had done it. Within a few days the man was killed. In my child's mind--seven and a half years old--I thought my voice had killed him. So I stopped talking for five years.

MAYA ANGELOU, interview, The Paris Review, fall 1990

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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.

MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, The Butterfly's Daughter

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There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.

MAYA ANGELOU, attributed, Sheroes

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I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool--and I'm not any of those--to say that I don't write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues.

MAYA ANGELOU, interview, The Paris Review, fall 1990

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Tags: writing