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.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
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. Maya Angelou
We are not our brother's keeper, we are our brother and we are our sister. We must look past complexion and see community. Maya Angelou
When women take care of their health, they become their best friend. Maya Angelou
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. Maya Angelou
If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die. Maya Angelou
In fact, it may even be necessary to confront defeat. It might be necessary to get over it; all the way through it; and go on... Maya Angelou
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. Maya Angelou
Sensed a wrongness around me, like an alarm clock that had gone off without being set. Maya Angelou
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean. Maya Angelou
It is very important for every human being to forgive himself or herself because if you live, you will make mistakes— it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistakes, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better, I'd have done better, ' that's all Maya Angelou
Forgive yourself— no one else will. Maya Angelou
Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it. Maya Angelou
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
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. Maya Angelou
We May Encounter Many Defeats But We Must Not Be Defeated. Maya Angelou
I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. Maya Angelou
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare. Maya Angelou
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. Maya Angelou
Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay. Maya Angelou
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou