When it comes to discussing anything related to Dr. Maya Angelou, I get excited like a young girl. Specifically, a little girl back in Elementary with a similar reverence one would have towards a principal.
Maya Angelou Quotes about women, specifically black women would leave anyone believing that Maya Angelou was a phenomenal woman, too.
I respected her without fully knowing her, the way she strung words together made me want to begin writing poems. If you haven’t read my dedication to Maya Angelou, the original phenomenal woman post, kindly give it a read.
There are few black women in literature that achieve beauty and courage with a single quote, Dr. Maya Angelou is one of them. I’ve learned Maya Angelou means what she says and says what she means.
Best Maya Angelou Quotes
This list simply does not do her quotes justice. From the moment you hear her speak in interviews, her words become our gift.
There is something to be said about the simplicity of her quotes that you’ll find while reading through them.
We can learn so much from Dr. Maya Angelou, and delighting in the beauty of just being is one of them.
Maya Angelou On Giving
“My great hope is to laugh as much as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”
“If you only have one smile in you give it to the people you love.”
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give to yourself. To forgive, forgive everybody.”
“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
Maya Angelou On Aging
“I believe the most important thing single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.”
“Success is loving life and daring to love it.”
“History despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
“Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved, and that kind of love comes with age.”
“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as making a life.”
Maya Angelou Quotes About A Woman’s Heart
“You can ask forgiveness of others but in the end, the real forgiveness is in one’s own self.”
“I do my best because I’m counting on you counting on me.”
“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.”
“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.”
“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.”
Maya Angelou Quotes About Being A Strong Woman
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.”
“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story.”
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”
“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches about being.”
“I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.”
Phenomenal Woman, Dr. Maya Angelou
We can all unanimously agree that Dr. Maya Angelou herself was a phenomenal woman. These quotes prove that over and over again, she lived life with gusto and had plenty to teach us.
Which Maya Angelou quote is your new favorite one for this week?