Maya Angelou Quotes


  1. A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
    ― Maya Angelou
  2. While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.
    ― Maya Angelou
  3. 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
  4. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
    ― Maya Angelou
  5. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
    ― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  6. The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
    ― Maya Angelou
  7. 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.
    ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
  8. “There were people who went to sleep last night,
    poor and rich and white and black,
    but they will never wake again.

    And those dead folks would give anything at all
    for just five minutes of this weather
    or ten minutes of plowing.

    So you watch yourself about complaining.

    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.”
    ― Maya Angelou

  9. When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.
    ― Maya Angelou
  10. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
  11. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
    (Popular misquote of “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”)
    ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
  12. 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.
    ― Maya Angelou
  13. I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.
    ― Maya Angelou
  14. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
    ― Maya Angelou
  15. 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
  16. 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.
    ― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer
  17. Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.
    ― Maya Angelou
  18. When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
    ― Maya Angelou
  19. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
    ― Maya Angelou
  20. 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.
    ― Maya Angelou
  21. Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
    ― Maya Angelou
  22. First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.
  23. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
  24. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.
    ― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
  25. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
    ― Maya Angelou
  26. “There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”
    ― Maya Angelou

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