Motivational Maya Angelou Quotes – Inspirational, Courage, Life

You can use Maya Angelou’s motivational life quotes to cheer up your day when you are having a bad day. But before reading her quotes we need to know about her. There are many people who know her really well as a writer and activist. She was a beloved singer, poet, and memoirist of America. Also, she has published three books of essay, seven autobiographies, and several books on poetry. She wrote about beauty, love, equality, success, and self-examination. She was well known for her seven autobiography series. That tells about her childhood and early adult life and experience.

Maya Angelou was born on 4 April 1928 and passed away at the age of 86 in 2014 on the 28th of May. She was also a civil activist and first black Hollywood’s first black female director. In 2010 she has been awarded as presidential Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama. She was named the first Reynolds Professor of American studies at Wake Forest Univ. in North Carolina in 1982.

She also worked with Martin Luther King and as an activist in the civil rights movement. After her third work on the autobiography ‘Singin and Swingin’, she was well known American and African autobiographer. She was nominated for Pulitzer Prize in 1971 for her work “just give me cool of water ‘fore I Diije”. During the inauguration of US president Bill Clinton in 1993, she was chosen to deliver her poem “On the pulse on the Pulse of Morning”.

Why Maya Angelou’s quotes are impactful until today?

You can get inspired by these Maya Angelou motivational quotes to see good in all things. Her life represents contribution, confidence, and determination. You can see straight words and rhymes in her poetry. She has written on love, life, courage, happiness, family, education, and friendship. “I know why the caged word sings” was her first autobiography for which she lived a long storied life and became well known. It is her well-praised work until today. She was not only known as a female activist but also the one who wanted to improve the moral standard of America. She continued to fight for decades to fearlessly touch on taboo like black beauty and justice for all. Maya Angelou’s quotes on life and success show us how powerful her impact is even still today.

Though she used to explore really heavy topics in her writing, she was never afraid of writing anything and having fun. Throughout all her “living life” it used to be the main theme of her writing.  If you read her biographies and poems, then you will get inspiration, positive and uplifting. These quotes will help you to uplift and motivate you in your life.

Let’s discuss one of the most painful incidents of her life:

Maya and her elder brother used to live with her grandmother after her parents got separated. But when her grandmother was suffering from some economic issues her father leaves them at their mother’s place. At that time Maya was eight years old and her brother was nine. She was raped by her mom’s boyfriend. Maya told this incident to her brother who further told this to their family. Then he got jailed only for one day. After four days Maya’s uncle killed him. Due to this reason, Maya remained silent for 5 years because she thought her voice can kill anyone.

She used to think her voice killed that man. Mrs. Bertha’s flower helped her to meet many authors who inspired her and helped her to speak. When Maya Angelou was silent she was developing her memory and love for books and literature. At that time she also developed her ability to observe and listen.

Motivational Maya Angelou’s Life Quotes

Best Maya Angelou quotes

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

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I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.


If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.


Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.


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

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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.


When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.


I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.

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Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

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No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.


Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.


A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.


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A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

Maya Angelou Inspiring Quotes

The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

Maya Angelou Quotes on Love, Life, Courage, Success, & Women

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Be present in all things and thankful for all things.


Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.


There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.


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.


Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

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Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.


I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.


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

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

Maya Angelou Love and Life Messages

Stand up straight and realize who you are. That you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.

I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.

I created myself. I have taught myself so much.

Faith is the evidence of the unseen.

Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.

I believe that every person is born with talent.

The only thing is, people have to develop courage.

I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

All great achievements require time.

Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.

If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.


I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.


I got my own back.


If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.


I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.


If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.


I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.


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.


Determine to live life with flair and laughter.


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

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My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done
and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.


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


Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.


Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.


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.


We are only as blind as we want to be.

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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.

Best Inspiring Quotes by Maya


Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.


Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

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We need much less than we think we need.


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.


When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.


When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.



You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.


A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.


Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.


When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

Maya Angelou’s Success, Courage, Forgive, Love Quotes

Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

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

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

Having courage does not mean we are unafraid.

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

I think a hero is any person really intent on making him a better place for all people.

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents.

At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

Nothing will work unless you do.


Maya Angelou was a respected poet who was well known for her work. She wrote about her childhood and adulthood in her autobiographies. She was an influencer writer who wrote about education, women, equality, friendship, love, family, life, and motivation. Many people got inspired by her quotes as there are courage and poetry in her work. She took a stand for all women, especially she gave a special place for black beauty. Despite her confidence, she also worked on discrimination and racism. She was a great poet in her time. Maya Angelou’s inspirational quotes are still famous and people follow her for her amazing work. We have mentioned some of Maya Angelou’s famous quotes you should read. Whether you want to inspire your loved one or need some inspiration for yourself, you can read or share these quotes to get the best results.

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