Maya Angelou Quotes

- Notable Maya Angelou Quotes Index -

Born: April 4, 1928, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Birth Country: USA
Died: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA, May 28, 2014
Occupation: Author

1.
All great achievements require time.
- Maya Angelou

2.
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
- Maya Angelou

3.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
- Maya Angelou

4.
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
- Maya Angelou

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At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
- Maya Angelou

6.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
- Maya Angelou

7.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
- Maya Angelou

8.
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
- Maya Angelou

9.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- Maya Angelou

10.
I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
- Maya Angelou

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.
- Maya Angelou

12.
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.
- Maya Angelou

13.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
- Maya Angelou

14.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
- Maya Angelou

15.
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
- Maya Angelou

16.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
- Maya Angelou

17.
Life loves the liver of it.
- Maya Angelou

18.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
- Maya Angelou

19.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
- Maya Angelou

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

21.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou

22.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
- Maya Angelou

23.
My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
- Maya Angelou

24.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
- Maya Angelou

25.
Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou

26.
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.
- Maya Angelou

27.
Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
- Maya Angelou

28.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
- Maya Angelou

29.
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
- Maya Angelou

30.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
- Maya Angelou

31.
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
- Maya Angelou

32.
The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
- Maya Angelou

33.
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
- Maya Angelou

34.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
- Maya Angelou

35.
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
- Maya Angelou

36.
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

37.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
- Maya Angelou

38.
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

39.
While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
- Maya Angelou

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