Top 10 Maya Angelou Quotes

Maya Angelou(April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014), born Marguerite Annie Johnson, was an American actress, writer, and civil rights activist. Her best known work is her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Here are the Maya Angelou’s top ten most inspirational quotes:

I.

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.

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II.

Nothing will work unless you do.

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III.

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

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IV.

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

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V.

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

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VI.

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.

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VII.

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.

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VIII.

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.

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IX.

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

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X.

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.

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Thank you Maya Angelou!

Interesting Facts:

  • She wrote seven autobiographies. She describes her many jobs, including those working as a prostitute and madam, a cable car car conductor, a dancer, professor, cook, journalist, and writer.
  • She was nominated for a Tony Award and received three Grammy Awards.
  • In 2011, President Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • She was fluent in Arabic, English, Fanti, French, Italian, and Spanish.
  • She wrote for Hallmark cards and wrote some cookbooks too.

What are some of your favorite quotes?

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