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Maya Angelou

27+ Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou

"I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'"

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Maya Angelou was a renowned American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. Some of her most famous words are:-

  1. "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."

  2. "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."

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

  4. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

  5. "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life.'"

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

  7. "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."

  8. "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

  9. "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."

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

  11. "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."

  12. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

  13. "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."

  14. "We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated."

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

  16. "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life'."

  17. "I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

  18. "If you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be."

  19. "I've learned that people will do anything, no matter how absurd, in order to avoid facing their own souls."

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

  21. "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."

  22. "I've learned that you can't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back."

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

  24. "I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

  25. "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life'."

  26. "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."

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

  28. "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."

  29. "I've learned that I still have a lot to learn."

  30. "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

  31. "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."

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

  33. "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."

  34. "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."

  35. "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."

  36. "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."

  37. "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.


Self Love Maya Angelou Quotes


Maya Angelou was a celebrated poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist known for her powerful words and wisdom. Here are some of her quotes on self-love:-

  1. "I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

  2. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

  3. "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."

  4. "I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

  5. "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."

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

  7. "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow."

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

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

  10. "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 Quotes About Life

  1. "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

  2. "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."

  3. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

  4. "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

  5. "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."

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

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

  8. "Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."

  9. "We need much less than we think we need."

  10. "The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise."



Maya Angelou Quotes About Love

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

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

  3. "Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time."

  4. "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."

  5. "Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."

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

  7. "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds. And that's what you've given me. That's what I'd hoped to give you forever."

  8. "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds."

  9. "Love is a choice you make from moment to moment."

  10. "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."





About Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou (1928-2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She is best known for her autobiographical book "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," which tells the story of her childhood and young adulthood in the segregated South.

Angelou was born Marguerite Annie Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri. She had a difficult childhood, marked by poverty, racism, and trauma, including being raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was only eight years old. Despite these challenges, Angelou went on to have a successful career as a writer and performer.

In addition to "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Angelou wrote numerous other books, including poetry collections like "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I Diiie" and "And Still I Rise," as well as memoirs like "Gather Together in My Name" and "The Heart of a Woman."

Angelou was also a celebrated performer, giving readings of her poetry and appearing in films and television shows. She was a prominent civil rights activist, working with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, among others.

Throughout her life, Angelou was recognized for her contributions to literature and civil rights. She received numerous awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2010, and she was the first Black woman to have a screenplay produced in Hollywood ("Georgia, Georgia" in 1972). Angelou passed away in 2014 at the age of 86, but her legacy as a writer, performer, and activist continues to inspire people around the world.

Here are some famous quotes about courage by Maya Angelou:

  1. "Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently."

  2. "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."

  3. "One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

  4. "We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated."

  5. "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear."

  6. "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."

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

  8. "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

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

  10. "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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