Maya Angelou Quotes (173 Quotes)


    This conference of, for and about women is, in itself, a rainbow in the clouds. When numerous women come together and show that they care, not only for themselves but also for each other, that is the occasion when a rainbow is shining down on somebody else.

    While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

    I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.

    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.

    At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.


    One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.

    It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really dont think it will come back.

    Courage allows the successful woman to fail-and learn powerful lessons-from the failure-so that in the end,she didn't fail at all.

    Then I went back to my mother when I was 13 and she was ready for me.

    kudos to the educators, athletes, dancers, judges, janitors, politicians, artists, actors, writers, singers, poets, and social activist, to all who dare to look at like with humor, determination and respect.

    i believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare

    We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends, and living our lives.

    Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.

    All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

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

    I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

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

    Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

    You can't be consistently fair, consistently generous, consistently just, or consistently merciful. You can be anything erratically, but to be that thing time after time after time, you have to have courage.

    Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.

    The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood.


    Living a life is like constructing a building if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.


    Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

    Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations.

    Had I not had my grandmother, who dared to be my rainbow in the clouds, I would have been just another sexually abused barefoot black girl on the roads of Arkansas,

    Look at my life. I'm floating like mercury around the earth. My footprints shine with stardust. All because I love you. All because you love me.

    God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us- in the dreariest and most dreaded moments- can see a possibility of hope.

    Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out; And into your sister's eyes, into; Your brother's face, your country; And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning.


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