15 Powerful Maya Angelou Quotes

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Dr. Maya Angelou speaks on race relations at Congregation B’nai Israel and Ebenezer Baptist Church on January 16, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida.(Photo by Jeff Daly/Invision/AP)

Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86, but the great American writer and poet left behind a body of work that ranks among the greatest in world literature. Even when she did not put pen to paper, her words during interviews were equally as powerful. Below are a few of her most memorable quotes.

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1.  “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” Source: USA Today

2. Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Source: Maya Angelou Facebook Page

3. “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”  Source: Oprah.com

4. “I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy. If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent.” Source: Psychology Today

5. “If you get, give. If you learn, teach.” Source: New York Women In Communications

6. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” Source: New York Women In Communications

7. “All great achievements require time.” Source: New York Women In Communications

8. “Courage allows the successful woman to fail and learn powerful lessons from the failure – so that in the end, she didn’t fail at all.” Source: New York Women In Communications

9. “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.” Source: New York Women In Communications

10. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” Source: New York Women In Communications

11. “I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.” Source: Huffington Post

12. “I’m a woman Phenomenally.” Source: ABC News

13. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” Source: ABC News

14. “Nothing will work unless you do.” Source: ABC News

15. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Source: ABC News

 

 

 

 

 

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