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American memoirist and poet (b. 1928), Birth: 4-4-1928, Death: 28-5-2014 Maya Angelou Quotes
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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.
Maya Angelou

I have discovered that individuals will forget what was uttered, people will forget what you accomplished, but individuals will never erase the emotions you gave them.
2.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. People know themselves much better than you do. That's why it's important to stop expecting them to be something other than who they are
Maya Angelou

3.
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

No matter how many obstacles you face, never let them define who you are. Instead, use them as the foundation to build your resilience.
4.
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

My ambition throughout life is not solely to stay alive, but to flourish; and to do so with enthusiasm, kindness, wit, and flair.
5.
If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.
Maya Angelou

If you persistently strive for conformity, you will never realize your potential brilliance.
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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

You may assail me with your vitriol, you may wound me with your glares, you may extinguish me with your animosity, but still, like a phoenix, I'll ascend!
7.
Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.
Maya Angelou

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My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
Maya Angelou

My desire for you is that you persist. Persevere in being who and how you are, to astound a hostile world with your acts of benevolence.
Quote Topics by Maya Angelou: Inspirational Life Thinking People Inspiring Children Writing Trying Giving Heart Motivational Love Mean Believe Mother Positive Men Want Responsibility Dream Needs Years Laughing Ignorance Art Long Courage World Clouds Grateful
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No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn.
Maya Angelou

The twilight may come to an end, but a new day will break.
10.
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Maya Angelou

'Strive to reach your highest potential until you gain new insight. Then, apply that knowledge to improve yourself.'
11.
A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself
Maya Angelou

A woman in concordance with her essence is like a stream cascading. She progresses without affectation and reaches her objective equipped to be herself and only herself.
12.
Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards can’t give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. Take up the battle. Take it up. It’s yours. This is your life. This is your world.
Maya Angelou

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If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.
Maya Angelou

If you must reflect, do so compassionately. If you will contemplate the future, do so reverently. However, the shrewdest path would be to remain in the moment thankfully.
14.
We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
Maya Angelou

We necessitate Delight as we require oxygen. We necessitate Affection as we demand H2O. We depend on each other as we rely upon the planet we inhabit.
15.
Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.
Maya Angelou

Uncover the splendor in your environment, contemplate the miraculousness of life, accept those who care for you and remain authentic to yourself.
16.
When you know you are of worth, you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude, you don't have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest.
Maya Angelou

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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou

If you aren't satisfied with something, alter it. If you can't modify it, adjust your outlook.
18.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.
Maya Angelou

19.
Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.
Maya Angelou

'Optimism and trepidation cannot occupy the same realm. Allow one to remain.'
20.
Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself.
Maya Angelou

Gleaming gem, you radiate, you sparkle, mirroring all the positive aspects in life. Just behold yourself.
21.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
Maya Angelou

No force can eclipse the radiance emanating from within.
22.
Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
Maya Angelou

Grow the strength to foster your own convictions and then support those of another.
23.
We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude toward it. Uproot guilt and plant forgiveness. Tear out arrogance and seed humility. Exchange love for hate - thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
Maya Angelou

24.
At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

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What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’.... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.
Maya Angelou

26.
I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.
Maya Angelou

I aspire to be esteemed as a sagacious female, a valiant female, an affectionate female, a woman who educates through living.
27.
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.
Maya Angelou

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Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.
Maya Angelou

Malignancy, it has engendered numerous tribulations throughout the world, but has not remedied one thus far.
29.
You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.
Maya Angelou

'No external source is necessary to achieve completion; God has already provided that. It is your duty to recognize this truth.'
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If you are going down a road and don't like what's in front of you, and look behind you and don't like what you see, get off the road. Create a new path!
Maya Angelou

If you traverse a route and don't relish what lies ahead, or reflect on the past and find no satisfaction, abandon the course. Forge a new trail!
31.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Maya Angelou

You must take action if you wish to achieve results.
32.
Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up.'
Maya Angelou

Persevere. Endure with warmth and tenacity. Be determined yet compassionate. Don't capitulate nor surrender.
33.
When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not shouting 'I'm saved'. I'm whispering 'I get lost'. That is why I chose this way.
Maya Angelou

When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not loudly proclaiming 'I'm redeemed'. I'm quietly admitting 'I wander off track'. That is why I embraced this faith.
34.
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.
Maya Angelou

35.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
Maya Angelou

Take a person at their word.
36.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
Maya Angelou

We rejoice in the splendour of the butterfly, yet seldom recognise the transformations it has undergone to acquire such beauty.
37.
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
Maya Angelou

Attempt to be a glimmer of light in someone's darkness.
38.
When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
Maya Angelou

'When you acquire knowledge, share it; when you obtain advantages, pass them on.'
39.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
Maya Angelou

Tunes were my solace. I could enter the gap between the harmonies and hug my troubles to my chest.
40.
If you're going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can't be erased.
Maya Angelou

Leave an indelible impression.
41.
This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.
Maya Angelou

This is an extraordinary day, it's a first for me.
42.
In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
Maya Angelou

'Variety brings both beauty and power.'
43.
No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
Maya Angelou

No matter what befalls us, or how dismal the current situation appears, life will continue, and brighter days lie ahead.
44.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou

The past, although its sorrows may be relentless, cannot be erased, but if confronted with bravery, won't have to be relived.
45.
I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.
Maya Angelou

I believe a champion is any individual earnestly determined to create an improved world for everyone.
46.
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

God furnishes the skies with rainbows so that each of us - in our gloomiest and most harrowing times - can spot an opportunity of optimism.
47.
People will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

48.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou

49.
I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do.
Maya Angelou

50.
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