Maya Angelou Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old maya angelou quotes, maya angelou sayings, and maya angelou proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering, or spates of time sitting on park, benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops. If we step away for a time, we are not, as many may think and some will accuse, being irresponsible, but rather we are preparing ourselves to more ably perform our duties and discharge our obligations.     

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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud     

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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.     

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All great achievements require time.     

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

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

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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.     

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While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.     

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While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.     

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

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Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.     

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

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

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Be present in all things and thankful for all things.     

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It’s in the reach of my arms, / The span of my hips, / The stride of my step, / The curl of my lips. / I’m a woman / Phenomenally. / Phenomenal woman, / That's me.     

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The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you - black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.     

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Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.     

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When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness. All the good things.     

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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.     

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Original thinking migrates each day in search of nourishment.     

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

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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.     

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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.     

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We may counter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.     

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The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.     

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You may write me down in history / With your bitter twisted lies / You may tread me in the very dirt / But still, like dust, I'll rise.     

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They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.     

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