The Amazing Maya Angelou – Part 2

Posted by Sooz on Thursday, October 6, 2011 | No Comments

In part one of this series I shared the incredible experience of hearing Maya Angelou speak recently. Her words of wisdom resonated in my heart and were life-giving to me. In this post, I simply want to present you with some of the quotes that she is most known for, and let them do their good work in you. See what messages stand out to you – what words move you. Let the impact of her wisdom shed light on your own soul and help you to Rise!

Quotes by Maya Angelou…

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

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

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.”

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

“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”

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. 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.”

“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

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


A “Good” Idea”:

Go to the library and get some of Maya’s books. You will be lifted by reading her poetry and prose. Pass along her goodness to others.


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