10 Dr. Maya Angelou Quotes That Teach and Inspire

Maya-AngelouNo doubt prolific American author, poet, actress and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman – a woman of wisdom, grace, charm and talent. She died at the age of 86. Her wise counsel will be missed.

Among my collection of quotes and poems, my most prized ones are these 10 quotes by Dr. Maya Angelou that have uplifted and inspired me over the years.


“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

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

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

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

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

“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…”

“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.”

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

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

“It’s the fire in my eyes and the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist, and the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

These are just a few of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes that have uplifted and enlightened me over the years. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do

Please share some of your favorites with us.

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