Maya Angelou Quotes – Writer of “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”

We have curated a list of the best Maya Angelou quotes. Let’s get a look at the quotes.

Maya Angelou Quotes

Marguerite Annie Johnson, known as Maya Angelou, was an American poet who was born on April 4, 1928. She was also a great memoirist and civil rights activist. Seven biographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry have been published by Angelou. 

Additionally, she has written tons of plays, movies, and television and received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. 

Anyway, we told you a bit about Maya Angelou for more ideas about her life; you can read Maya’s Wikipedia.  in this article, we are going to tell about some of the best quotes by Maya Angelou.

List of Best Quotes by Maya Angelou 

1. “When someone shows you who they are believe them the first time.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

3. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

4. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

6. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

― Maya Angelou

7. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

― Maya Angelou

8. “I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

― Maya Angelou

9. “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

― Maya Angelou

10. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

― Maya Angelou

11. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

13. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

16. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

17. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

18. “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

20. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

22. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

― Maya Angelou

23. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

― Maya Angelou

24. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

25. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

― Maya Angelou

26. “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

― Maya Angelou

27. “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

28. “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!”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

30. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

31. “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.”

― Maya Angelou

32. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

34. “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

36. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

― Maya Angelou

37. “Be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud.”

― Maya Angelou

38. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

41. “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

― Maya Angelou

42. “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”

― Maya Angelou

43. “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

― Maya Angelou

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

― Maya Angelou

45. “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.”

― Maya Angelou

46. “We need much less than we think we need.”

― Maya Angelou

47. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

― Maya Angelou

48. “Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.”

― Maya Angelou

49. “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

― Maya Angelou

50. “I sustain myself with the love of family.”

― Maya Angelou

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Wrapping up

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