38 Maya Angelou Quotes That’ll Inspire You to Be Better

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Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou or Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. A popular American author, screenwriter, civil rights activist, she’s considered as a literary legend.
She wrote her most famous work, I Know Why the Caged Birds Sings, in 1969 and it’s considered to be one of the most prominent autobiographies written. It was an instant best seller and was considered as one of the most influential books in modern times in 2011.

In 2010, Maya Angelou received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. It’s considered to be the highest civilian honor in the country.

On May 28, 2014, she died at the age of 86, leaving great literary pieces and lessons for everyone to learn from.

As a way to look back at her inspiring career and ideals, here are some of the best Maya Angelou quotes.

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

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.

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

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

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Nothing will work unless you do.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.

We need much less than we think we need.

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

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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.

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.

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I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

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

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If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

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I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

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

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A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

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

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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

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

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

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If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

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

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

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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.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.

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Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

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