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.


All great achievements require time.     

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

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I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.     

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Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them.     

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

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.     

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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.     

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I sustain myself with the love of family.     

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Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.     

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

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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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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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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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If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.     

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

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Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.     

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

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In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.     

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The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.     

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I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.     

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I love living. I love that I’m alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn’t wake up this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did.     

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You're the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.     

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The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.     

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

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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.     

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Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It’s a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.     

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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.     

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If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.     

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Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, 'I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.     

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I don't believe that the 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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