Maya Angelou was among many other things, an inspirational poet, author and civil rights activist. She was born as Marguerite Annie Johnson Angelou in 1928 and died in 2014. She was best known for her memoir ‘I know why the caged bird sings’. Below are twelve of my favourite quotes by her:

Maya Angelou: 12 Uplifting Quotes

  1. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
  2. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  3. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
  4. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
  5. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”
  6. “Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.”
  7. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
  8. “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ‘I’m with you kid. Let’s go.’”
  9. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
  10. “What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.”
  11. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”
  12. “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”


Which is your favourite quote from this list??? Are there any others not included that you really like? Let me know in the comments section below.


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