105 Maya Angelou Quotes About Women, Love, and Life

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“I am a Woman/Phenomenally/Phenomenal Woman/that’s me.” – Maya Angelo

In this era, we say women are equal to manpower but do we equal? Obviously, we aren’t. Yet child marriage, household works, abuse, body shaming, oppression can’t be eradicated. Even educated girls, still fighting for their dreams and desires. She teaches courage and bravery in her poems and books. The literary part will always have her poem or biography or something about her work. Maya Angelou’s quotes will provoke questions in you and encourage you to take a brave step forward. 

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The most popular African American activist and favorite person in the mid-’90s would be Maya Angelou. She has made the country turn around and see her talents, she was an actress, American poet, screenwriter, dancer, memoirist, and civil rights activist.

She has published 7 autobiographies, 3 essay books, numerous books of poetry, and some even placed in plays, movies, and television shows, she has received dozens of awards in poetry, literary art, and many. 

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Her poems have touched millions of hearts and bring revolution to the reader. She doesn’t use any complex words in her writings. Just usual words embellished with figures of speech. These gentle words had made readers more connected to the author and brought her many awards and appreciation. 

If you are a person who loves to read a biography of legends and stars. Then there are seven series of autobiographies of her narrating her childhood and adult experience. 

Else if you aren’t the person who read bulk books but yet you love poems and dwell in the depth of stanzas, then start with “And I still rise & woman work poems” both are majorly focused on the pain, grief, haunting past carried by a woman and ends with hope. 

So here we have brought some amazing and rejuvenating Maya Angelou Quotes which will inspire and plant a positive seed within you.

Maya Angelou Quotes

  • “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou
  • “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou
  • “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.” – Maya Angelou
  • Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Quotes
Maya Angelou Quotes
  • “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes

  • “My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked, a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.” – Maya Angelou
  • “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

quotes by maya angelou

  • “Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “We are only as blind as we want to be.” – Maya Angelou
  • “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
  • “This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth.” – Maya Angelou
  • “On this platform of peace, we can create a language to translate ourselves to ourselves and to each other.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Inspirational Quotes

  • “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
  • “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I did then what I knew best, when I knew better, I did better.” – Maya Angelou
  • “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou
  • “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Inspirational Quotes
Maya Angelou Inspirational Quotes
  • “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou
  • “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” – Maya Angelou
  • “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.” – Maya Angelou
  • “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.” – Maya Angelou
  • “All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou
  • “There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.” – Maya Angelou
  • Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes

  • “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!” – Maya Angelou
  • “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” – Maya Angelou
  • “It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.” – Maya Angelou
  • “There is nothing a person can’t do, and there should be nothing a human being didn’t care about. It was the most positive encouragement I could have hoped for.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The only way out of something is all the way through it.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes About Women

  • “A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.” – Maya Angelou
  • “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Quotes About Women
Maya Angelou Quotes About Women
  • “The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Encouragement to all women is – let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let’s see if we can’t prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The wise woman thinks twice and speaks once or, better yet, does not speak at all.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The woman who truly intends to live a good life is already living phenomenally since intent is part of the achievement.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Women Quotes

  • “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou
  • “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.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Courage allows the successful woman to fail – and to learn powerful lessons from the failure – so that in the end, she didn’t fail at all.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I’m interested in women’s health because I’m a woman. I’d be a darn fool not to be on my own side.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes About Life

  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.” – Maya Angelou
  • “We need much less than we think we need.” – Maya Angelou
  • “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Quotes About Life
Maya Angelou Quotes About Life
  • “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Lift up your hearts. Each new hour holds new chances for new beginnings.” – Maya Angelou
  • “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes on Life

  • “You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” – Maya Angelou
  • “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” – Maya Angelou
  • “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.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Life Quotes

  • “I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Remember, people will judge you by your actions not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold but so does a hard-boiled egg.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Take as much time as you need to make up your mind, but once it is made up, step out on your decision like it’s something you want.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Quotes About Love

  • “If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.” – Maya Angelou
  • “In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou Quotes About Love
Maya Angelou Quotes About Love
  • “I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.” – Maya Angelou
  • “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love.” – Maya Angelou
  • “The honorary duty of a human being is to love.” – Maya Angelou
  • “Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.” – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou Love Quotes

  • “We are here to love each other. That is why you are alive. That is what life is for.” – Maya Angelou
  • “First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.” – Maya Angelou
  • “I believe that people want the scent of love, more than anything else. And I don’t mean sentimentality, I don’t mean mush. I mean that idea, that human beings are more alike than we are different.” – Maya Angelou
  • “It’s hard because people think they have something to lose and the truth is they have everything to gain in trying to love somebody.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If you want to liberate someone, love them. Not be in love with them – that’s dangerous.” – Maya Angelou
  • “If you happen to fall in love with someone in another race, it’s more difficult, because you have to translate yourself.” – Maya Angelou

Youngsters become hopeless and depressed quickly. Don’t let any force stop your dreams just like Angelou, let’s fight for what we want in our lives. Have that fighting attitude!

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