Maya Angelou Quotes

The Guiding Light of Wisdom: Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou, 1978
Maya Angelou, 1978. Jack Sotomayor/Archive Photos/Getty Images

Poet, philosopher, civil rights activist, dancer, playwright, author, actor, black activist, woman, and mother... that is Maya Angelou for you. It is interesting to note that though most of us barely manage to play two or three roles in our life, Angelou could balance so many balls in the air with finesse.

Maya Angelou has been a shining light of inspiration for people around the world. With a smile on her lips and a generous heart, she conquered the world with her words of inspiration and wisdom.

She taught people to rediscover themselves and understand the true meaning of life. Through these Maya Angelou quotes, her legacy will live on. Her pearls of wisdom will guide many generations, and will be the eternal lamppost for despairing souls.

  • 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.
  • A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
  • Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
  • Determine to live life with flair and laughter.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
  • Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
  • I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
  • 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.
  • If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
  • You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
  • There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
  • I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
  • Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging?
  • 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.
  • The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.
  • There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
  • We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.