Maya Angelou Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Maya Angelou quotes, Maya Angelou sayings, and Maya Angelou proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel.     

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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.

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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 you.     

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

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

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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

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I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.

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First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.

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I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.     

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Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.

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Nothing will work unless you do.

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When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness - all the good things.

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

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The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood.

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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

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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.     

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

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A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again.

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

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I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

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I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.     

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People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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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.     

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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

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

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

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I sustain myself with the love of family.     

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The love of the family, the love of the person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

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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.

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