Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

The world lost an incredibly insightful, talented and wise person this past week. Maya Angelou, an American author and poet, passed away last week. It has been truly inspirational to see all of the outpouring of gratitude and expression that people have shared about her lifetime of work via TV, social media, and in conversation this past week. It’s been a delight to turn on the radio and log into social media to hear and see yet another incredibly wise quote or poem by her, honoring the meaning and far reaches her life’s work has achieved in our society. I’ve always loved to find ways to make meaning of my feelings through others’ words and quotes, and Maya’s are no exception. In honor of Angelou, please take a moment to read some of her exceptionally poignant and spot-on quotes below. I am positive many of these quotes, if not all, can relate to your life.

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

2. “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.”

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

4. “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

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

6. “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.”

7. “I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.”

8. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

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

10. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

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

12. “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

13. “Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”

14. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

15. “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.”

16. “We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”

17. “We need much less than we think we need.”

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

19. “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

20. “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”


-Alex W.