Top 50 Best Inspiring Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes

“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.”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.”

“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

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

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

“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.”

“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

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

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

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

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

“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”

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

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“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 of you.”

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

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

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”


“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

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

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

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

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


“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.”

“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.”

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”

“There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit dolor

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

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

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

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.”

“I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.”

“I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.”

“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.”

“We need much less than we think we need.”

“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.”

“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

“When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.”

“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.”

“I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

“No one can take the place of a friend, no one.”

“Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.”

“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.”

“To those who are given much, much is expected.”