50 Maya Angelou Quotes to Inspire and Dream of Better Days

“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.” – Maya Angelou

“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.”  – Maya Angelou

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

“I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.”  – Maya Angelou

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”  – Maya Angelou

“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.” – Maya Angelou

“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.” –Maya Angelou

“I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.” – Maya Angelou

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”  – Maya Angelou

“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.” –Maya Angelou

“My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.” – Maya Angelou

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

“I  believe that every person is born with talent.” – Maya Angelou

” At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself” – Maya Angelou

” My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.” – Maya Angelou

” I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.” – Maya Angelou

” In all my work, I try to say, ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?” – Maya Angelou

” I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” – Maya Angelou

” Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age”.  – Maya Angelou

” Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.”  – 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

“I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.”                             – 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

“Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself” – Maya Angelou

” I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory”.   – Maya Angelou

“Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more”.  – Maya Angelou

” A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”  – Maya Angelou

“Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that – if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!” – Maya Angelou

” I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too”.  – Maya Angelou

“It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that, except do it.”– Maya Angelou

” There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know”. – 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

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

” I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”  – Maya Angelou

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

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

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

” I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” – Maya Angelou

“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.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

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

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.”               – 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 is also God’s creation”  – Maya Angelou

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

” Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage”  – Maya Angelou

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

” If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love”. – Maya Angelou

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

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