Maya Angelou is a renowned African-American Poet, Actress, Dancer, Singer and Speaker . She has published several Poetry books and Essays. She is also known for her Autobiographies depicting her lifelong experiences. These experiences are the same which she gathered working different jobs from Dancing at the Bar to Prostitution to A journalist . Her various occupations provided her with many new experiences which are presented in her Autobiographies.

Later on she was widely known as a spokesperson for the African-American population and has been awarded many honorary degrees. Her most noted works remain ‘I know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ and ‘On the Pulse of Morning’. her motivational sayings and quotes have been supported and loved  by many.  Here we present some of the quotes and sayings by Maya Angelou which are inspirational and yet so easy to understand. Please feel free to share and leave feedback.

Quotes by Maya Angelou:

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you di, but people will never forget how you made them feel.


My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.

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Nothing will work unless you do


Courage may be the most important of all virtues, because without it one cannot practise any other virtue with consistence.

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

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To those who have given up on love, I say trust life a little bit

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Success is liking yourself,

Liking what you do, and liking how you do it.


Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size. But when I start to tell them, they think I’m telling lies. I say, 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.

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Bitterness is like Cancer . It eats upon the host. But anger is like Fire. It burns it all clean.


Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the flavor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.


You can only become truly accomplished at something you lobe. 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 you.


If you are always trying to be normal , you will never know how amazing you can be.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.


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


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


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.


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.

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


I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things : a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.


You alone are enough you have nothing to prove to any body

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If you get, give . If you learn, teach.


In the flush of love’s light we dare be brave and suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will never be. Yet, it is only love which sets us free.

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I believe the most important  single thing, beyond  discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.


I Think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.

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Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.


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Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.


The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style.


Do the best you can until you know better. Then When you know better, do better

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You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated.


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


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


You can write me down in history with hateful , twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still , like dust , I’ll rise.

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


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We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. it would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.


Every person needs to take one day away . A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future .. .A day away which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.


I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.


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