153 Maya Angelou Quotes on Love, Happiness, Family & Success

Maya Angelou was an insanely strong lady. Here legacy has cemented herself as one of the most remembered woman of all time. She was a lady that did it all. Her resume consisted of the follow: Pulitzer prize winner, play writer, song writer, dancer, stage and screen producer, civil rights activist, singer, historian, poet and author. From her 86 years of living on this earth, there linger some of the most profound things ever said by this marvelous woman. Today I bring to you some of those things in the form of 153 Maya Angelou quotes about love, life, courage, family, success and more. Enjoy my friends.

22 Maya Angelou Quotes on LOVE

  1. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Agelou

  2. “In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine,” – Maya Angelou

  3. “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry, to et my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept their love in return.” – Maya Angelou

  4. “Love recognizes no barriers. Love jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination. Full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

  5. “To those who have given up on love. I say “Trust life a little bit.” – Maya Angelou

  6. “I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.” – Maya Angelou

  7. “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” – Maya Angelou

  8. “Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved, and that kind of love comes with age.” – Maya Angelou

  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.” – Maya Angelou

  10. “In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave and suddenly we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.” – Maya Angelou

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

  12. “Love liberates love. Not sentimentally, not mush. But true love gives you enough courage that you can say to somebody – “Don’t do that baby.” And the personl will know you’re not preaching but teaching.” – Maya Angelou

  13. “I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me “I love you”. There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” – Maya Angelou

  14. “Love life, engage in it, give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion, because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.” – Maya Angelou

  15. “Open your eyes to the beauty around you. Open your mind to the wonders of life. Open your heart to those who love you and always be true to yourself.” – Maya Angelou

  16. “I’ve never had a dislike for men. I’ve been treated badly by some. But I’ve been loved greatly by some.” – Maya Angelou

  17. “We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.” – Maya Angelou

  18. “I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I life it – I believe life loves the liver out of it. I live it.” – Maya Angelou

  19. “God loves me. It still humbles me that this force that makes leaves and fleas and stars and rivers and you, loves me. Me, Maya Angelou. It’s amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing I can do it. That’s why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I’m amazed at it.” – Maya Angelou

  20. “Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.” – Maya Angelou

  21. “If you have only one smile in you, give it to someone you love.” – Maya Angelou

9 Maya Angelou Quotes About Womanhood

  1. “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.” – Maya Angelou

  2. “I am a woman, phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That’s me.” – Maya Angelou

  3. “A woman’s heart must be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him to find her.” – Maya Angelou

  4. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou

  5. “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” – Maya Angelou

  6. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” – Maya Angelou

  7. “A wise woman wishes to be on one’s enemy, a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.” – Maya Angelou

  8. “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.” – Maya Angelou

  9. “Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible and live long lives.” – Maya Angelou

4 Maya Angelou Quotes on Family

  1. “I sustain myself with the love of family.” – Maya Angelou

  2. “The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive powerful society.” – Maya Angelou

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

  4. When the human race neglects it’s weaker members, when the family neglects the weakest one – it’s the first blow in a suicidal movement.” – Maya Angelou

3 Maya Angelou Quotes on Success

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

  2. “If you find it in your heart to care for some else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou

  3. “Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success and then just get a little more.” – Maya Angelou

3 Maya Angelou Quotes About Happiness

  1. “It is always about the work. In the latter days of your life your happiness and your self-esteem will be determined by the mountains you surmounted, the valleys you climb out of, and the life and /or career that you forged for yourself.” – Maya Angelou

  2. “Happiness is a chance to talk to a friend, to hear good music, to have a good glass of wine. Happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom I agree or who I don’t agree but I can learn something.” – Maya Angelou

  3. When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness. All the good things.” – Maya Angelou

111 More Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” – Maya Angelou

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

  3. “You may shoot me with your worlds. You may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness. But still like air, I’ll rise.” – Maya Angelou

  4. “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.”

  5. “You alone are enough, you have nothing to prove to anyone.” – Maya Angelou

  6. “The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.” – Maya Angelou

  7. “A friend may be waiting behind a strangers face.” – Maya Angelou

  8. “At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender in its place, was as honerable as resistance. Especially if one had no choice.” – Maya Angelou

  9. “It is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. To forgive. Forgive everybody.” – Maya Angelou

  10. “If you are always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

  11. “I love the song ‘I hope you dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.” – Maya Angelou

  12. “We may encounter defeats but we must never be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

  13. “There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou

  14. “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.” – Maya Angelou

  15. “Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some lonliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us ins more alike than we are unalike.” – Maya Angelou

  16. “I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” – Maya Angelou

  17. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

  18. “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

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

  20. There is nothing greater that you can say to God than thank you, thank you.” – Maya Angelou

  21. “If you’re going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can’t be erased.” – Maya Angelou

  22. “You can’t use up creativity the more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

  23. “I’ve learned that you should’t go through life with a cathcer’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

  24. “History despite it’s wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

  25. “We need much less than we think we need.” – Maya Angelou

  26. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.” – Maya Angelou

  27. “Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage means we face our fears. We are able to say – “I have fallen, but I will get up.” – Maya Angelou

  28. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me.” – Maya Angelou

  29. “No matter what happens or how bad it seems today, life does go gon, and it will be better tomorrow.” – Maya Angelou

  30. “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.” – Maya Angelou

  31. “You don’t need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.”- Maya Angelou

  32. “When you give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

  33. “When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.” – Maya Angelou

  34. “Human beings are more alike than we are un-alike and let us see that and not only cherish but delight in the differences because the differences are superficial and they should delight us.” – Maya Angelou

  35. “I know that a diamond is a result of extreme pressure. Less time and less pressure and it’s just crystal or coal or fossilized leaves or just dirt. But, time and pressure will create a diamond.” – Maya Angelou

  36. “Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” – Maya Angelou

  37. “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” – Maya Angelou

  38. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erractically, but nothing consistently without courage.” – Maya Angelou

  39. “Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren’t, we should behave as though we are – cheerful, kind, loving courteous,. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.” – Maya Angelou

  40. “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet.” – Maya Angelou

  41. “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

  44. “I’m a feminist. I’ve been a female for a long time now. It’d be stupid not to be one my own side.” – Maya Angelou

  45. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

  46. “We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance.” – Maya Angelou

  47. “Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.” – Maya Angelou

  48. “In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

  49. “Travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure.” – Maya Angelou

  50. “Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.” – Maya Angelou

  51. “I learned a long time ago, the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myslf and others like me.” – Maya Angelou

  52. “The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” – Maya Angelou

  53. “Anger is like fire, it burns things out and leaves nutrients in the soil. I think that’s good. You should always be ready to be angered at injustice and cruelty, but not to be bitter.” – Maya Angelou

  54. “If you are going down a road and don’t like what’s in front of you, and look behind you and don’t like what you see get off the road. Create a new path.” – Maya Angelou

  55. “How important it is for us to recognize heroes and she-roes.” – Maya Angelou

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

  57. “Live as if life was created for you.” – Maya Angelou

  58. “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

  59. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.” – Maya Angelou

  60. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” – Maya Angelou

  61. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

  62. “Sometimes it’s wiser to be right in silence.” – Maya Angelou

  63. “The more you know of your history the more liberated you are.” – Maya Angelou

  64. “We are not our brothers keeper- we are our brother and we are or sister. We must look post complexion and see community.” – Maya Angelou

  65. “If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward to so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.” – Maya Angelou

  66. “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” – Maya Angelou

  67. “I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.” – Maya Angelou

  68. “As a nurse we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but the will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

  69. “Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snow shoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”” – Maya Angelou

  70. “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” – Dr. Maya Angelou

  71. “This is a wonderful day, I’ve never seen this one before.” – Maya Anglelou

  72. “At 30 I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.” – Maya Angelou

  73. “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.” – Maya Angelou

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

  75. “Everything happens for a reason, so you might as well go with the flow.” – Mary Angelou

  76. “Some critics will write “Maya Angelou is a natural writer” – Which is right after being a natural heart sugeon.” – Maya Angelou

  77. “Each of us has the 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.” – Maya Angelou

  78. “And when great souls die, after a period of peace blooms slowly and always irregualarly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses restored never to be the same, whisper to us they existed. They existed we can be. Be and be better for they existed.” – Maya Angelou

  79. “Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit your the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.” – Maya Angelou

  80. “The idea is to write it so that people hear it, and it slides though the brain and goes straight to the heart.” – Maya Angelou

  81. “Life is not measured by the number breathes we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” – Maya Angelou

  82. “I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful you man, daring and loving and strong and kind.” – Maya Angelou

  83. “Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy it’s walls.” – Maya Angelou

  84. “While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.” – Maya Angelou

  85. “We are only as blind as we want to be.” – Maya Angelou

  86. “The most called upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.” – Maya Angelou

  87. “Most people do not grow up. We find parking spaces and honor credit cards. We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old, but generally our real selves, the children inside are still innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Anglou

  88. “I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.” – Maya Anelou

  89. “Bitterness is like cancer, it eats.” – Maya Angelou

  90. You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.”” – Maya Angelou

  91. “Seek patience and passion in equal amounts.” – Maya Angelou

  92. “I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.” – Maya Angelou

  93. “All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

  94. “Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children. But they don’t grow up.” – Maya Angelou

  95. “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.” – Maya Angelou

  96. “I have a perfect way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved.” – Maya Angelou

  97. “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” – Maya Angelou

  98. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me.” – Maya Angelou

  99. “I used to think of my whole body as an ear, that I could go into a room filled with people and absorb all sounds through my pores and my hair. I think because of that I learned to speak a number of languages because I learned to listen to it.” – Maya Angelou

  100. “Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards can’t give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. Take up the battle. Take it up. It’s yours. This is your life. This is your world.” – Maya Angelou

  101. “Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.” – Maya Angelou

  102. “It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel. Because they really don’t think it will come back.” – Maya Angelou

  103. “My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked, a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself,” – Maya Angelou

  104. “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.” – Maya Angelou

  105. “Surviving is important, thriving is elgant.” – Maya Angelou

  106. “I have found that among it’s other benefits, giving liberates the sould of the giver.” – Maya Angelou

  107. “I believe that every person is born with talent.” – Maya Angelou

  108. “The most important thing is to dare.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

  111. “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.” – Maya Angelou


So there you are my friends, quotes from Maya Angelou. I hope you enjoyed them and grew from them. There are so many that resonate with me. I would love to know which ones resonated with you! Let me know what your favorite one(s) where in the comment section below. As well as if you have any to add!

Also to read more about this American icon, be sure to check her autobiography out here: Maya Angelou Autobiography



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