Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson

Maya
Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson
1928
2014

American Poet, Dancer, Singer, Linguist, Civil Rights Activist, Playwright, Professor of American Studies and Autobiographer, Winner of Presidential Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author Quotes

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.

To those who have given up on love: I say, "Trust life a little bit.”

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.

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

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 don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.

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.

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

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

We need much less than we think we need.

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.

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.

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

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

Author Picture
First Name
Maya
Last Name
Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson
Birth Date
1928
Death Date
2014
Bio

American Poet, Dancer, Singer, Linguist, Civil Rights Activist, Playwright, Professor of American Studies and Autobiographer, Winner of Presidential Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom