Quotes of Maya Angelou

“ I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ 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. ”

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

“ Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ 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

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

- Maya Angelou

“ A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. ”

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

“ The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ 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. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude ”

- Maya Angelou

“ I know why the caged bird sings. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ The needs of society determine its ethics. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ There is no strength without adversity and no change without courage. ”

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

“ If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. ”

- Maya Angelou

“ 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

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou

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

- Maya Angelou
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