Best 100 Maya Angelou Quotes on Life, Friends, Work, Society, Love

Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou Quotes

1. Life loves the liver of it. – Maya Angelou

2. Whining is just unbecoming. – Maya Angelou

3. Everybody is worth everything. – Maya Angelou

4. Only equals can become friends. – Maya Angelou

5. Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

6. I know why the caged bird sings. – Maya Angelou

7. Effective action is always unjust. – Maya Angelou

8. All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou

9. Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

10. Achievement brings its own anticlimax. – Maya Angelou

11. We are only as blind as we want to be. – Maya Angelou

12. When you get give. When you learn teach. – Maya Angelou

13. We need much less than we think we need. – Maya Angelou

14. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. – Maya Angelou

15. I try to see every day as a celebration. – Maya Angelou

16. When you learn, teach, when you get, give. – Maya Angelou

17. The needs of society determine its ethics. – Maya Angelou

18. Our belief and your work will speak for you. – Maya Angelou

19. Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. – Maya Angelou

20. When I decided to speak, I had a lot to say. – Maya Angelou

21. The honorary duty of a human being is to love. – Maya Angelou

22. Determine to live life with flair and laughter. – Maya Angelou

23. Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it! – Maya Angelou

24. I believe that every person is born with talent. – Maya Angelou

25. A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face. – Maya Angelou

26. Nobody can enjoy unless we all enjoy, truly enjoy. – Maya Angelou

27. Be present in all things and thankful for all things. – Maya Angelou

28. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh. – Maya Angelou

29. If someone shows you who they really are, believe them. – Maya Angelou

30. I do my best because I’m counting on you counting on me. – Maya Angelou

31. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou

32. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. – Maya Angelou

33. This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. – Maya Angelou

34. Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. – Maya Angelou

35. I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. – Maya Angelou

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

37. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. – Maya Angelou

38. When was the last time anyone told you how important you are? – Maya Angelou

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

40. The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library. – Maya Angelou

41. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. – Maya Angelou

42. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou

43. When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. – Maya Angelou

44. The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. – Maya Angelou

45. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. – Maya Angelou

46. To those who have given up on love: I say, “Trust life a little bit”. – Maya Angelou

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

48. If one has courage, nothing can dim the light which shines from within. – Maya Angelou

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

50. Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. – Maya Angelou

51. I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou

52. Whining lets the brute know there’s a victim for him in the neighborhood. – Maya Angelou

53. If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? – Maya Angelou

54. Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go’. – Maya Angelou

55. She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy. – Maya Angelou

56. I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love. – Maya Angelou

57. You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been. – Maya Angelou

58. You listen with interest. That gives some sense of confidence to the speaker. – Maya Angelou

59. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life”. – Maya Angelou

60. How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! – Maya Angelou

61. I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness. – Maya Angelou

62. Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. – Maya Angelou

63. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. – Maya Angelou

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64. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. – Maya Angelou

65. I’ve learned that forgiving is one of the greatest gifts that I can give myself. – Maya Angelou

66. If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. – Maya Angelou

67. All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. – Maya Angelou

68. The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. – Maya Angelou

69. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. – Maya Angelou

70. We are here to love each other. That is why you are alive. That is what life is for. – Maya Angelou

71. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. – Maya Angelou

72. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. – Maya Angelou

73. A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her. – Maya Angelou

74. My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. – Maya Angelou

75. I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. – Maya Angelou

76. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self. – Maya Angelou

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

78. Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else. – Maya Angelou

79. When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness… all the good things. – Maya Angelou

80. I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. – Maya Angelou

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

82. I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy. – Maya Angelou

83. It’s the fire in my eyes, and the flash of my teeth, the swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet. – Maya Angelou

84. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. – Maya Angelou

85. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. – Maya Angelou

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86. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou

87. The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you’re greedy, you’re set up. – Maya Angelou

88. 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

89. Grace is like a lake of drinkable water right outside your door. But you stay inside and die of thirst. – Maya Angelou

90. We are not just flesh and blood. And our hungers are not going to be set aside as just flesh and blood. – Maya Angelou

91. A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself. – Maya Angelou

92. The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

93. Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. – Maya Angelou

94. It’s very hard for adults to maintain respect and romance so that a love affair can be sustained over years. – Maya Angelou

95. When you know you are of worth — not asking it but knowing it — you walk into a room with a particular power. – Maya Angelou

96. If I’m here, I’ll be trying to be a better human being, a better writer, a better friend and a better beloved. – Maya Angelou

97. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place. – Maya Angelou

98. Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible. – Maya Angelou

99. It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race. – Maya Angelou

100. Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. – Maya Angelou

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