These Maya Angelou Quotes Are Wise Words To Live By

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A jack of all trades and master of everything, Maya Angelou is widely regarded as a brilliant mind to all who’ve heard of her. Angelou was a poet, storyteller, playwright, activist, and autobiographer. Her writing is both powerful and poignant and connects to anyone who has the pleasure to read it. 

Maya Angelou’s skills went far beyond the pen and paper. She was Hollywood’s first female African American director and also had a successful career as a singer, dancer, actress, and composer. Her time spent acting allowed her to truly get into the minds of her audience and explore the deep and raw emotions of the people groups around her. 


Angelou is most well known for her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. With such brilliance and accreditation, there is no shortage of inspiring and empowering quotes from this wonderful woman.  

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

“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.”

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”

“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.”

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

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

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

“No matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.”


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