Maya Angelou Quotes

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.

Nothing will work unless you do.

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

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse
and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.

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.

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

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

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

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.

You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I’ll rise.

Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you,
humiliated before you, raped before you… yet, someone survived… You can do anything you choose to do.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.”

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will
without preteens and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.

When you know better you do better.

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblended by formal education.

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

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.

The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you.

Therefore we pledge to bind
Ourselves to one another, to embrac
Our lowliest, to keep company with
Our loneliest, to educate our illiterate,
To feed our starving, to clothe our
Ragged, to do all good things,
Knowing that we are more than
Keepers of our brothers and sisters
We are our brothers and sisters

She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.

We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance

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.

I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother that is your mother that is your sister, that is you and that is me.

I never have written every day. When I’m writing a book, I write Monday through Friday. I always try to take Saturday and pretend to have some sanity.

I will write on the pages of history what I want them to say. I will be myself. I will speak my own name.

The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs.

I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

I believe that every person is born with talent.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.