It is with sadness that we received the news of the death of prolific American author and poet Maya Angelou. The civil rights activist, poet and author was famous for her words which always left and impact as well as inspired all who heard them.

Maya Angelou who passed away at her California home in the early hours of Wednesday morning after weeks of ill health is one of the best poets that the world has seen. We have put together 20 of her best quotes – cutting across poems, books and speeches – guaranteed to inspire you.


– “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.”

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

– “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

– “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.”

– “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

– “I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

– “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

– “Be a rainbow in someone else’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!”

– “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

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

– “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.”

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

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

– “When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”

– “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”

– “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers.”

– “When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.”

– “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.”

– “I am a Woman
Phenomenal Woman,
that’s me.”

Even though we are sad at the passing of Maya Angelou, we are glad that her words will forever remain alive in our hearts.
Watch Maya Angelou recite some of her poems below:


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