Maya Angelou Quotes

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


The main thing in one’s own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.


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


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


You want me to do something… tell me I can’t do it.


The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer.


I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.


You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.


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.


You only are free when you realize you belong no place – you belong every place – no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great.


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


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


I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it’s lasting me very well.


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


We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.


If I wanted to write, I had to be willing to develop a kind of concentration found mostly in people awaiting execution. I had to learn technique and surrender my ignorance.


When I’m writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we’re capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness.


You never get over the fear of writing.


I don’t know how much longer I’ll be around. I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, ‘Maya, Maya Angelou, it’s time.’


I write because I am a Black woman, listening attentively to her people.

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