You have probably heard about one of America’s most popular and beloved authors and poets. Maya Angelou is a very celebrates artist who has won plenty of honorary degrees and awards. She even got the chance to recite her poem ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. Then, in 2000 she received the National Medal of Arts and only ten years later, she was rewarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama, which is actually one of the highest honors in the states.
Maya wrote seven biographies which only contributed to her fame. The first biography she wrote was in 1969 and it was named ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’. Besides being a poet and an author, Maya is also an essayist, a screen producer, performer, songwriter, singer, and a memoirist. She wrote three essay books, several poetry books, movies, plenty of plays, and television shows. Moreover, she also worked in Africa as a journalist.
Maya Angelou is also well-known for her activist’s endeavors and was one of the Civil Rights Movement’s most famous women. She worked alongside Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. and advocated the rights of for women and black people. She passed away on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86. However, she left a legacy which will be appreciated and celebrated for many years to come.
So, if you want some inspiration, here are some very powerful Maya Angelou quotes which will fill your life with insight.
Powerful Maya Angelou Quotes
‘Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.’
‘I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.’
‘I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.’
‘You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.’
‘If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?’
‘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.’
‘Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.’
‘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.’
‘Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.’
‘Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.’
‘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.’
‘Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.’