Maya Angelou Quotes

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Maya Angelou quotes can be transformational in our lives if we allow them to be.

Maya Angelou is a professor, civil rights activist, film producer, dancer, playwright, film director actress, and poet. For her 1971 volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water Fore I Diiie, she was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

She has received thirty honorary degrees.

At the inauguration for President Bill Clinton in January 1993, she recited her poem, “On the Pulse of Morning.”

Maya Angelou quotes are a wonderful testament of a true legendary American.

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.
-Maya Angelou

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

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."
-Maya Angelou

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

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

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

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
-Maya Angelou

The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.
-Maya Angelou

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

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
-Maya Angelou

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
-Maya Angelou

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
-Maya Angelou

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
-Maya Angelou

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

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

For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
-Maya Angelou

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
-Maya Angelou

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

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
-Maya Angelou

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
-Maya Angelou

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
-Maya Angelou

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
-Maya Angelou

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
-Maya Angelou

I trust these Maya Angelou quotes will always be everlasting.

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