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.


When people show you who they are, believe them.     

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As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.     

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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.     

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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.     

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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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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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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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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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We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.     

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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.     

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Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you?yet, someone survived?You can do anything you choose to do.     

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I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.     

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I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life. I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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.     

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Be present in all things and thankful for all things.     

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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.     

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In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise.     

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

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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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No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn.     

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

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You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.     

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The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.     

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Nothing can dim the light which shines from within     

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

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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.     

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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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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!     

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Everything costs and costs the earth.     

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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.     

Maya Angelou