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.


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

Maya Angelou

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.     

Maya Angelou

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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The needs of a society determines its ethics.     

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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 humour, some style.     

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I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.     

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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.     

Maya Angelou

Being a woman is hard work.     

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I sustain myself with the love of family.     

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This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.     

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You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right.     

Maya Angelou

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.     

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right.     

Maya Angelou

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.     

Maya Angelou

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.     

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

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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

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.     

Maya Angelou

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.     

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

You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise.     

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

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.     

Maya Angelou

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.     

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

Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, into Your brother's face, your country And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning.     

Maya Angelou

When it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine any more, there's a rainbow in the clouds.     

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God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.     

Maya Angelou