Maya Angelou’s 40 Quotes on Life and Happiness


Maya Angelou was a memoirist, American poet, and civil right activist.

She had written several books out of which seven are autobiographies and three are essays.

In her lifetime, she received several awards out of which 50 honorary degrees.

She died on May 28th, 2014.

Here are her 40 of the best quotes on life and happiness.

  1. 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 
  2. Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. – Maya Angelou
  3. Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. – Maya 
  4. When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time. – Maya 
  5. A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her. – Maya Angelou
  6. If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? – Maya Angelou
  7. You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. – Maya Angelou
  8. Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it! – Maya 
  9. 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. – Maya Angelou
  10. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya 
  11. History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. – Maya Angelou
  12. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. – Maya Angelou
  13. Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. – Maya 
  14. A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim. – Maya Angelou
  15. Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. – Maya
  16. Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. – Maya Angelou
  17. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. – Maya Angelou
  18. If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. – Maya Angelou
  19. Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of. – Maya Angelou
  20. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. – Maya
  21. If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers. – Maya Angelou
  22. 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
  23. Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. – Maya Angelou
  24. All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike. – Maya 
  25. 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. – Maya Angelou
  26. No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. – Maya Angelou
  27. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. – Maya Angelou
  28. Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. – Maya 
  29. All great achievements require time. – Maya Angelou
  30. You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise! – Maya Angelou
  31. We need much less than we think we need. – Maya Angelou
  32. Be present in all things and thankful for all things. – Maya Angelou
  33. The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. – Maya Angelou
  34. I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh. – Maya Angelou
  35. Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between. – Maya Angelou
  36. You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. – Maya Angelou
  37. Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. – Maya Angelou
  38. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain. – Maya Angelou
  39. 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
  40. Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou
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