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Maya Angelou Quote: “I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.”

I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve.

— 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: “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.”

Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops.

— 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: “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: “The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.”

The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.

— 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: “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: “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: “Being a woman is hard work.”

Being a woman is hard work.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I’m never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could.”

I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I’m never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs?”

Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I’ve got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs?

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Here on the pulse of this new day You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister’s eyes, Into your brother’s face, your country And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning.”

Here on the pulse of this new day You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister’s eyes, Into your brother’s face, your country And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning.

— 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: “Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others.”

Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Whether you are happy or whether you are sad, it is wise to remember you are really in process.”

Whether you are happy or whether you are sad, it is wise to remember you are really in process.

— 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: “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: “The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.”

Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.

— 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: “Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.”

Eating is so intimate. It’s very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you’re inviting a person into your life.

— 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 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 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: “Life loves the liver of it.”

Life loves the liver of it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I will write on the pages of history what I want them to say. I will be myself. I will speak my own name.”

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

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory.”

Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It’s amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing, I can do it. That’s why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I’m amazed at it. I’m grateful for it.”

It’s amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing, I can do it. That’s why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I’m amazed at it. I’m grateful for it.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace.”

Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace.

— 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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older.”

Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’”

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The truth is very important. No matter how negative it is, it is imperative that you learn the truth, not necessarily the facts. I mean, that, that can come, but facts can stand in front of the truth and almost obscure the truth. It is imperative that students learn the truth of our history.”

The truth is very important. No matter how negative it is, it is imperative that you learn the truth, not necessarily the facts. I mean, that, that can come, but facts can stand in front of the truth and almost obscure the truth. It is imperative that students learn the truth of our history.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Age is nothing; waking up is everything.”

Age is nothing; waking up is everything.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We must create a climate where people agree that human beings are more alike than unalike. The only way to do that is through education.”

We must create a climate where people agree that human beings are more alike than unalike. The only way to do that is through education.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Just as hope rings through laughter, it can also shine through tears.”

Just as hope rings through laughter, it can also shine through tears.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.”

I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “I’m a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.”

I’m a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.”

It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.”

We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.”

I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Still, when it looked like the sun wasn’t going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds.”

Still, when it looked like the sun wasn’t going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”

We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.”

If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.””

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.”

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as heck we should never teach.”

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as heck we should never teach.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I’m married to someone who is very jealous and you’re married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come.”

Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I’m married to someone who is very jealous and you’re married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come.

— Maya Angelou


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