33 Maya Angelou Quotes To Inspire Your Life

Maya Angelou was one of the most celebrated and beloved authors and poets in America. She had more than 50 honorary degrees and dozens of awards to her inspirational role. In fact, in 1993, Maya was invited to recite a poem at the inauguration of Bill Clinton.

It was her poem called “On the Pulse of Morning.” This made her the first poet since 1961 to have an inaugural recitation. Maya Angelou’s lifetime of achievement was actually rewarded in 2000. That is when she got the National Medal of Arts.

Moreover, in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is one of the highest honors of the country.

She became known for her first autobiography “ I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” in 1969. The famed author lived a storied and long life.

We know Maya as a poet, memoirist, and essayist who had a few books of poetry, list of television shows, plays and movies, and 3 books of essays.

Also, she was a journalist that worked in Africa, singer, performer, historian, screen, and stage producer, songwriter, dancer and director.

As an activist, Maya was one of the most prominent women of the Civil Rights Movement; she worked with Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Junior.

She devoted her life to being a voice for black people and women, and for a vision of humanity where all people will find their place. She passed away on May,28,2014 at the age of 86. But she left a legacy that will be cherished for decades to come.

We have gathered 33 of her most insightful and influential quotes, hoping that this will inject a dose of inspiration and beauty into your day.

33 Maya Angelou Quotes That Will Inspire You

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

#2 I got my own back.

#3 I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

#4 I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.

#5 There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

#6 Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

#7 Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

#8 Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.

#9 A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

#10 Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

#11 Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

#12 Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

#13 Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.

 #14 I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.

#15 If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

#16 Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

#17 Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

#18 Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

#19 I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

#20 You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

#21 We are only as blind as we want to be.

#22 If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

#23 When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

#24 There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

#25 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.

#26 We need much less than we think we need.

#27 If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

#28 You can only become truly accomplished at something you love

#29 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.

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

#31 I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

#32 If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

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