Her poetry was beautiful, she was an author several times over, as well as recognized civil rights activist; Maya Angelou was a woman of influence, and her life and words have inspired so many.
Today, I’m reflecting on her impact with 10 Maya Angelou quotes that have inspired me.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
“Nothing will work unless you do.”
“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”
“You shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall in love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that it was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”
“Among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
“When you learn, teach; when you get, give.”
“All great achievements require time.”
“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue consistently. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”