There’s nothing I love more than a good ole’ list of inspirational quotes. Maya Angelou was such a brilliant mix of happy and fun. She said some pretty incredible things throughout her life, which made it hard narrow down to 36! But I did the work for you. I hope you get as much out of these Maya Angelou quotes as I do. These are most definitely words to live by!
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.
This mighttttt be my favorite quote of all time. It basically sums up my life motto in one sentence. If I were a business, this would DEF be my mission statement.
Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
Beautiful people don’t just happen.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Speak your truth… it will set you free!
I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I agree. I think it’s because when you are open to anything – it shows your level of trust in God that you can let go of control and let Him lead. And that’s when amazing things start to happen in your life.
There were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining.
What you’re supposed to do if you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.
The grass ain’t always greener. Life is short. Remember that. You are so #blessed – Be grateful for what you have before it’s gone.
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.
Sometimes intentions do trump actions. Nothing shines brighter than a good heart.
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Courage is pretty much everything.
Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
Stop the grind and truly unwind.
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
(Popular misquote of “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”)
In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
‘I wanna see you be braveeeeee’ -Katy Perry
We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans – because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone – because we have the impulse to explain who we are.
Who are you?
It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.
There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.
I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place.
When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess.
This one’s a personal favorite… I literally have a problem with touching my hair when I’m trying to focus. I’ve got the split ends to prove it! Ha.
I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.
Funny, I was going to write it too.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
I know that I’ve been guided by God. I am obedient.
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.
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.
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.
Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
I ain’t no side betch. I’ll be your main chick or no one at all.
A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
Yes. To seek the light is to never settle.
You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
At the end of the day, all that matters is that you love yourself.
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!
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.
Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.
Haters gonna hate… I’m just gonna shake shake shake shake shake….. Shake it off
I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.
Think about it. Every friend you’ve ever had was at one point a stranger. You never know who you could meet that might change your life for the better!
When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.
The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story…
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Congrats! You made it to the end. HEY, sometimes you’ve just gotta celebrate the little things. Now don’t you feel so refreshed and ready to take on the world!? I know I do. Let me know which of the 36 Maya Angelou quotes was your favorite in the comments below! I love hearing from you.