Maya Angelou Quotes

If you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away. Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls. Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. Faith is the evidence of the unseen. We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too. I got my own back.” If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity. I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life. I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it, I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. We are only as blind as we want to be. I created myself. I have taught myself so much. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. Determine to live life with flair and laughter. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. I believe that every person is born with talent. If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all. All great achievements require time. Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die. “Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. I’ve never had a dislike for men. I’ve been badly treated by some. But I’ve been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them. There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done, to try and love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible. I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being. Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world but it has not solved one yet. People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel. Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go. Having courage does not mean we are unafraid. Ask for what you want, and be prepared to get it. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. I’m always disappointed when people don’t live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change. It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats – maybe it’s imperative that we encounter the defeats – but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Courage you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it. A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself. The only thing is, people have to develop courage. Home is a refuge, not only from the world but a refuge from my worries, my terrible concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents. At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself. My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. Be present in all things, and thankful for all things. Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently. Nothing will work unless you do. I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don’t whine. You can be brought low, that’s OK, but don’t be reduced by them. Just say, “That’s life. I think a hero is any person really intent on making his a better place for all people. I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.

Maya Angelou

1928 - 2014