23 Stirring Maya Angelou Quotes That The World Needs Now More Than Ever
By Briana Jones
Published April 4, 2016
Updated January 22, 2018
These twenty-three heartrending Maya Angelou quotes are the definition of words to live by.
Through her award-winning poetry and her civil rights activism, Maya Angelou became the voice of so many who were unable to make themselves heard. The author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings inspired countless people around the world, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, just three years before her death at age 86.
Like her incredible legacy, these touching Maya Angelou quotes on love, loss, pain, and virtue will endure for eternity:
Love recognizes no barries. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.Flickr
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I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as "making a life."
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We need much less than we think we need.
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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.Flickr
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The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.Flickr
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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.YouTube
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You can only become truly accomplished doing 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.YouTube
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Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.YouTube
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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.YouTube
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Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.YouTube