Born on 4 April 1928, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S., Maya Angelou was an award-winning author best known for her acclaimed 1969 memoir (her first book), ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings‘ – the first non-fiction bestseller written by an African American woman.
Angelou was Hollywood’s first female black director and had a broad career in singing, dancing, acting, and composing.
Despite all her amazing accomplishments in Hollywood, Angelou was best known as a writer, editor, essayist, and memoirist.
She is an author of 36 books (which include cookbooks) and the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees.
Interesting-to-know: The latest edition of Angelou’s first book was Foreword by Oprah Winfrey.
When she passed on 28 May 2014, the world mourned deeply and even the (then) president of the United States, Barack Obama issued a personal statement, saying that Angelou had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer.
- 10 Maya Angelou Books and Poems That Should Be on Your Reading List – The Oprah Magazine
- Maya Angelou | Academy of Achievement – Achievement
- 5 Things to Know About Maya Angelou’s Complicated, Meaningful Life – TIME
- 15 Other Jobs Maya Angelou Once Held – Mashable
Below are the best Maya Angelou quotes so you can be inspired and empowered to live a life filled with faith and love.
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12 of the Best Maya Angelou Quotes to Inspire You
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 erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”Maya Angelou
It must be remembered, however, that jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savour, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.”Maya Angelou
39 Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes to Empower You
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”Maya Angelou
We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains, or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings.”Maya Angelou
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 that my experiences are positive.”Maya Angelou
I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.”Maya Angelou
It is a great blessing to have lived in the time of Martin Luther King, Jr., when forgiveness and generosity of spirit encouraged our citizenry to work for a better world for everybody.”Maya Angelou
50 Powerful Maya Angelou Quotes on Life & Love
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 you.”Maya Angelou
I find relief from the questions only when I concede that I am not obliged to know everything. I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true.”Maya Angelou
If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.”Maya Angelou
Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”Maya Angelou
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