15 Inspiring Quotes from Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014) was a celebrated American author, poet, dancer, actress and activist. Her memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, is considered an American classic. Her quotes are a mix of straight talk and poetry and her words are an inspiration to stand strong and live the best life you can. Enjoy!

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

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. – Maya Angelou


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


We need much less than we think we need. – Maya Angelou


You did the best that you knew how. Now that you know better, you’ll do better. – Maya Angelou


Let nothing dim the light that shines from within. – Maya Angelou


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


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