Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wisdom Wednesday: My Top 15 Favorite Maya Angelou Quotes

Butterflies, Today would have been Dr. Maya Angelou’s 90th birthday and to honor her I wanted to share with you guys my top fifteen favorite Maya Angelou quotes. Maya Angelou was an poet, writer, singer, memoirist, civil rights activist and so much more; her work has been very influential to almost every aspect of my life, I still remember the chills I got reciting her “Phenomenal Woman” poem for a history performance in grade school. If you’re not familiar with who Maya Angelou was or her work then I would strongly recommend you picking up a copy of one of her books, making yourself comfortable and preparing yourself for a soul awakening treat. Some of her most famous writings are “Still I Rise”, “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings”, and “Phenomenal Woman”. My favorite Maya Angelou quotes...

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

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

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

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

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

“Intelligence always had a pornographic influence on me.” - The Heart of a Woman

“Words are things, they have power.” - Oprah Presents Master Class w/Maya Angelou

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”

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

“I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” - Annie Clark Tanner Lecture

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

“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.”

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

“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.” - Wouldn’t Take Nothing For My Journey Now

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