11 inspiring quotes from Maya Angelou

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11 inspiring quotes from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, alias Marguerite Johnson is a famous African-American civil rights activist, poet, writer, dancer, screenwriter, actress. She was born on April 4, 1928 in Saint-Louis, Missouri.

This incredible woman is a pillar for civil rights. Her artistic talents and her political vision made her an emblematic character.

Many of these books are studied in American schools. The 1969 autobiography “I know why the caged bird sings” by Maya Angelou is the first non-fiction bestseller of an African-American woman. She received two NAACP Image Awards in the category of exceptional literary works (non-fiction), in 2005 and 2009. She has received numerous titles and honors throughout her career.

She died on May 28, 2014 (aged 86) in her house in Winston-Salem (North Carolina).

Afroculture.net quotes you 11 inspirations from Maya Angelou.

 

«Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.»

Maya Angelou

« You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.. »

 Letter to my daughter, Maya Angelou

« If you don’t like a situation, change it. If you can’t change it then change your attitude.. »

Maya Angelou

 

« If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.. »

Maya Angelou

 

« I am a big bird that spreads its wings over the high mountains and dives to the serene valleys. I am the waves of waves on silver seas. I am a bud in the spring, trembling at the idea of blooming fully. »

Letter to my daughter, Maya Angelou 

           

« You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,

You may trod me in the very dirt

But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?»

Maya Angelou

 

« I wanted to be a wife and to create a beautiful home to make my man happy, but there was more to life than being a diligent maid with a permanent pussy. »

As long as I’m black by Maya Angelou

 

« Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards can’t give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.
Take up the battle. Take it up.
It’s yours. This is your life.
This is your world.”

Maya Angelou

“If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you. »

Letter to my daughter, Maya Angelou

 

« That day, I learned that I could be a giver by simply bringing a smile to another person. The ensuing years have taught me that a kind word, a vote of support is a charitable gift. ». (p.25)

 Lady B – Maya Angelou

 

« Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. »

Maya Angelou

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