Maya Angelou was a legendary author, actress, and poet.
I grew up loving the wisdom and encouragement in the words she shared. In fact, the following quote has been one that I have clung onto throughout my life.
“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
I also love this one that has encouraged me to share my story, even the ugly parts!
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
She has touched so many with her strength and I am sure her words will continue to inspire us to do great things with the time we are given as well.
Her poem Still I Rise resonates so clearly with me and how I have chosen to live this life!
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.
At 86 years of age, she has gone home to see the Lord.
Below are some of my favorite Maya Angelou Quotes.
“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.”
“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”