20 Maya Angelou Quotes About Life

Maya Angelou Quotes

1. “I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.” – Maya Angelou


2. “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.”

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

4. “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.”


5. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgotten – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

6. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

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

Maya Angelou Quotes

8. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

9. “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.”

10 “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

11. “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.”

Maya Angelou Quotes

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

13. “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”

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

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

Maya Angelou Quotes

16. “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.”

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

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

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

Maya Angelou Quotes

20. “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.” – Maya Angelou

By Chaymaa

It's Chaymaa, a pharmacist and writer. I write about life and motivation. I love to inspire people and get inspired. My best quote is, "What defines us is how well we rise after falling." So, let's never give up!

13 thought on “20 Maya Angelou Quotes About Life”
  1. Thank you for sharing these. Maya Angelou has such a way wtih words. My favourtie Maya Angelou quote is β€œSuccess is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

  2. Oooh, whenever i see Maya Angelou in anything, my heart simply leaps with joy. She was a great woman who even lives after her death… through her works, especially poems. These are wonderful quotes. May she rest in eternal peace. 🌷🌷🌷

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