10 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 May 28 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 quotes 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.

25 Quotes to Spark “Aha” Moments

QuoteQuotes are a staple in my self care and inspiration tool box. For years, I’ve collected inspirational quotes that elicit and spark those illusive “‘aha” moments. Here are some of my favorite quotes. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

  • If you cannot do great things, do small things in a great way. —Napoleon Hill
  • Sometimes you’ve just got to give yourself what you wish someone else would give you. —Phil McGraw
  • Be grateful to people who make us happy. They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom. —Marcel Proust
  • The purpose of life is to live it to taste experience to the utmost to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences —Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’” —Mary Anne Radmacher
  • Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. —Maya Angelou
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. —Marianne Williams
  • You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. —Buddha
  • It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.—Aristotle
  • Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose–and commit myself to–what is best for me. —Paulo Coelho
  • …Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way. —Victor Frankl
  • Time is the coin of your life.  It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent.  Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.  — Carl Sandburg
  • Never be afraid to do something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark; professionals built the titanic. —Anonymous
  • I hear and I forget, I see and I remember. I do and I understand. —Chinese Proverb
  • There are things that we don’t want to happen but have to accept, things we don’t want to know but have to learn, and people we can’t live without but have to let go. —Author Unknown
  • The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them. — Maya Angelou
  • Dreams are renewable. No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us and new beauty waiting to be born. —Dr. Dale Turner
  • Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. —Les Brown
  • Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy. —Thich Nhat Hanh
  • It is never too late to be who you might have been. —George Eliot
  • What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. —Richard Bach
  • Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances. —Benjamin Franklin
  • Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

I would love it if you would share some of your favorite quotes in the comment section.

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