32 Maya Angelou Quotes To Inspire, Help, & Heal

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

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

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

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.


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

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

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

A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

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

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.


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

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. 

There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too. 

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. 

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. 

Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. 


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.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

We are only as blind as we want to be. 

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