30 Famous Maya Angelou Quotes For Better Living


Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, writer, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and TV programs spanning over 50 years. She got dozens of honors and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which concentrate on her childhood and early adult experiences.

Maya Angelou was an indomitable soul of incredible generosity, benevolence, and love. Her work, both written and spoken, has motivated, and really helped, the lives of millions. When we think of tribute, we imagine Maya as a sort of ‘General of Compassion’, offering a multitude of uplifting statement. She was exceptional, she was uncommon, she was more delightful than maybe even she understood, because she was, among other things, such an artist, that she could not just create worlds on paper, or in an audience’s imagination, but she also managed, again and again in her long life, to create and recreate herself.


Angelou’s ability to motivate will live on in her productive thoughts, adages and works; her words could be incorporated into a manual for driving a satisfying, fruitful life. Below here, we have listed down some of the best Maya Angelou quotes. Read and share them as well.


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. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Life Quote


When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. – Maya Angelou

Quotes By Maya Angelou


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

Maya Angelou Music Quotes


A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes For Women


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

Quotes From Maya Angelou


Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quote


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

Maya Angelou Motivational Quotes


Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Inspirational Quote


Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Rainbow Quote


People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou

People Quotes From Maya Angelou


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

Quote From Maya Angelou


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

Love Quotes Maya Angelou


Equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes On Equal Rights


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

Maya Angelou Life Quotes


You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Twisted Lines Quote


I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Man Made Differences


The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Chicken Food Cornbread


History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou History Courage Quotes


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

Maya Angelou Celebrating Heroes


In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Education Quotes


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

Maya Angelou Bitterness Quote


Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Loving Someone Quotes


It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes For Parents


How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Love America


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

Maya Angelou Motivational Quote


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

Forgiveness Quotes From Maya Angelou


Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou

Quotes On Love By Maya Angelou


If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Smile Quote


The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free. – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Freedom Quote


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

Maya Angelou Love Quotes