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Maya Angelou Quote: “You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it.”

You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.”

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer.”

The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I must undertake to love myself and to respect myself as though my very life depends upon self-love and self-respect.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We need much less than we think we need.”

We need much less than we think we need.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Poetry is music written for the human voice.”

Poetry is music written for the human voice.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We all have that possibility, that potential and that promise of seeing beyond the seeming.”

We all have that possibility, that potential and that promise of seeing beyond the seeming.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The area where we are the greatest is the area in which we inspire, encourage and connect with another human being.”

The area where we are the greatest is the area in which we inspire, encourage and connect with another human being.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Poetry gave me back my voice.”

Poetry gave me back my voice.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment.”

In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I don’t trust any revolution where love is not allowed.”

I don’t trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Poetry helps my soul escape its encasement.”

Poetry helps my soul escape its encasement.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Forgive yourself – no one else will.”

Forgive yourself – no one else will.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up – lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.”

If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up – lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It’s true. I can do anything and do it well because God loves me. It still humbles me.”

It’s true. I can do anything and do it well because God loves me. It still humbles me.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.”

The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.”

Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “My work is to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth.”

My work is to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If our children are to approve of themselves, they must see that we approve of ourselves.”

If our children are to approve of themselves, they must see that we approve of ourselves.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “And I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can’t ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won’t stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you’d be surprised that people say, “Can I be of help?””

And I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can’t ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won’t stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you’d be surprised that people say, “Can I be of help?”

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Hope is born again in the faces of children.”

Hope is born again in the faces of children.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.”

Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.”

Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Only equals make friends, every other relationship is contrived and off balance.”

Only equals make friends, every other relationship is contrived and off balance.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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 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.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “This is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing.”

This is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Happiness is a chance to talk to a friend, to hear good music, to have a good glass of wine. Happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom I agree or who I don’t agree but I can learn something.”

Happiness is a chance to talk to a friend, to hear good music, to have a good glass of wine. Happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom I agree or who I don’t agree but I can learn something.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on.”

I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different.”

It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.”

I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Being a woman is hard work.”

Being a woman is hard work.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you.”

Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.”

You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If we are honest and fair, then we are known by that. If we are not, alas, we are known by that as well. What we want to do is do right, but you have to say it, you have to show it, and not stop.”

If we are honest and fair, then we are known by that. If we are not, alas, we are known by that as well. What we want to do is do right, but you have to say it, you have to show it, and not stop.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “There’s racism and sexism and ageism and all sorts of idiocies. But bad news is not news. We’ve had bad news as a species for a long time. We’ve had slavery and human sacrifice and the holocaust and brutalities of such measure.”

There’s racism and sexism and ageism and all sorts of idiocies. But bad news is not news. We’ve had bad news as a species for a long time. We’ve had slavery and human sacrifice and the holocaust and brutalities of such measure.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.”

My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.”

I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough.”

The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Love is a condition so powerful; it may be that which pulls the stars in the firmament. It may be that which pushes and urges the blood in the veins. Courage: you have to have courage to love somebody because you risk everything-ever ything.”

Love is a condition so powerful; it may be that which pulls the stars in the firmament. It may be that which pushes and urges the blood in the veins. Courage: you have to have courage to love somebody because you risk everything-ever ything.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “You can never be great at anything unless you love it.”

You can never be great at anything unless you love it.

— Maya Angelou

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