Maya Angelou Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Maya Angelou quotes and Maya Angelou sayings, and Maya Angelou proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening."

"It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody."

"You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it."

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

"God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope."

"When it looked like the sun wasn’t going to shine any more, there’s a rainbow in the clouds."

"Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister’s eyes, into Your brother’s face, your country And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning."

"All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike."

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

"You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise."

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

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

"When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed."

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

"When you learn, teach. When you get, give."

"If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die."

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome."

"You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it’s all right."

"This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before."

"Being a woman is hard work."

"I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it."

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, some style."

"The needs of a society determines its ethics."

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host."

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

"Everything costs and costs the earth."

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"

"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."

"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain."

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within"

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