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.


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

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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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All great achievements require time.     

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I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.     

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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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I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.     

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I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute.     

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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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Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I'm married to someone who is very jealous and you're married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come.     

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It's amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing, I can do it. That's why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I'm amazed at it. I'm grateful for it.     

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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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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 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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If you do not like anything, alter it. If you can not change it, adjust your mindset. Will not complain.     

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If growing up is painful for the southern black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat.     

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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.     

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Courage allows the successful woman to fail and to learn powerful lessons from the failure so that in the end, she didn't fail at all.     

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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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A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.     

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

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I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.     

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If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.     

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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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We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.     

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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.     

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I believe that every person is born with talent.     

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

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

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I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous - that is to say, it's obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do.     

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Prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud.     

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