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

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise!

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.

I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.

When you know better you do better.

Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

The needs of society determine its ethics.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

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

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

The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.

I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.

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

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.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

You don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.

There's nothing more tragic than a young cynic because then the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

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