9 Of Maya Angelou’s Most Inspiring Quotes

Maya Angelou was a woman of wise words. An American poet and civil rights activist, she has inspired and motivated people through her speeches and writings for decades and her words continue to bring encouragement to millions even after her passing. Below is a collection of her most beautiful and inspiring quotes, ones that will undoubtedly uplift and motivate on even the darkest of days.

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

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”

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

 “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” 

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

 “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” 

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 

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


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