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.


Nothing cam dim light that shines from within.     

Maya Angelou

If you're going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can't be erased.     

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If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.     

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

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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.     

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Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice.     

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A mother's love liberates.     

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

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Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better.     

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

Maya Angelou

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

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In all my work, I try to say - 'You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?     

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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.     

Maya Angelou

In the latter years of your life, your happiness and your self-esteem will be determined by the mountains you surmounted, the valleys you climbed out of, and the life and/or career that you forged for yourself.     

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

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My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.     

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Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.     

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I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.     

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When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better.     

Maya Angelou

The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.     

Maya Angelou

The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour.     

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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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I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.     

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Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.     

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I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That's me.     

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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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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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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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