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.


Determine to live life with flair and laughter.     

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The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.     

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The dread of futility has been my life-long plague.     

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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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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.     

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

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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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Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.     

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Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that.     

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All great achievements require time.     

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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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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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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.     

Maya Angelou

I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.     

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

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A mother's love liberates.     

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It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.     

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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.     

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When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.     

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Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.     

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I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can't ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won't stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you'd be surprised that people say, "Can I be of help?".     

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A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.     

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I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.     

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Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.     

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We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.     

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Nothing will work unless you do.      

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People will never forget how you made them feel.     

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We are the victims of the world's most comprehensive robbery. Life demands a balance. It's all right if we do a little robbing now.     

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Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life.     

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The breezes of the West African night were intimate and shy, licking the hair, sweeping through cotton dresses with unseemly intimacy, then disappearing into the utter blackness.     

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