24 Maya Angelou Quotes That Will Both Inspire And Comfort You

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1.
“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.”

2.
“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.”

3.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

4.
“We have lived a painful history,
we know the shameful past,
but I keep on marching forward,
and you keep on coming last.

Equality, and I will be free.
Equality, and I will be free.”

5.
“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”

6.
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

7.
“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.”

8.
“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

9.
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

10.
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

11.
“I’m considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I’ve never been bored in my life.”

12.
“Nothing will work unless you do.”

13.
“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

14.
“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

15.
“I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.”

16.
“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
Of things unknown but longed for still
And his tune is heard on the distant hill for
The caged bird sings of freedom.”

17.
“A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer. She will need to prize her tenderness and be able to display it at appropriate times in order to prevent toughness from gaining total authority and to avoid becoming a mirror image of those men who value power above life, and control over love.”

18.
“A last love,
proper in conclusion,
should snip the wings
forbidding further flight.”

19.
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

20.
“The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees.”

21.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

22.
“One paints the beginning
of a certain end.

The other, the end of a
sure beginning.”

23.
“Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.”

24.
“Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.” TC mark

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