Maya Angelou Quotes on life, Love and Courage

Maya Angelou Inspirational Quotes

Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was one of America’s most beloved and celebrated poets and authors. During her life she received dozens of awards and over 50 honorary degrees.

In 1993, she recited her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning”, at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.

In the year 2000 Maya Angelou received the National Medal of Arts. In 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Here are some of Maya Angelou quotes. You will find inspirational quotes on life, happiness, love, courage, friendship, education and other topics.

Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes

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

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

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

“Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else. “

Be a Rainbow in Someone's Cloud

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“If I’m the people’s poet, then I ought to be in people’s hands – and, I hope, in their heart.”

“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 like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings.”

“I do hope that young men and women will start to think for themselves and start to take responsibility for their own thoughts.”

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

Ask for What You Want

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

“I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.” – Maya Angelou

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

“There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.”

“When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter and better.”

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

has a song

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”

Still I rise video by Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Love Quotes

Here is what Maya Angelou says about love:

“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.”

“Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself.”

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

“Success is loving life and daring to live it.”

Maya Angelou Quotes about Life

In the following paragraphs, Maya Angelou speaks about life:

“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.”

“I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”

“Live as though life was created for you.”

“I believe that every person is born with talent.”

Maya Angelou Quotes on Courage

You can get inspiration and insight from Maya Angelou courage quote. Here are a few examples:

“If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

“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.”

“To develop courage you have to start developing courage as you do any other muscle. You have to start with small things and build it up.”

“Having courage does not mean we are unafraid.”

“Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.”

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

“The only thing is, people have to develop courage.”

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