These Unforgettable Maya Angelou Quotes Are Words to Live By!

This year, Dr. Maya Angelou would have celebrated her 90th birthday!

She became the first African American woman best-selling author of a non-fiction work with the release of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sing in 1969, considered an American classic. She would go on to release six additional books in here series of autobiographies. A dancer, singer, writer, director, and actress, she was the quintessential artist and a truly "Phenomenal Woman." President Barack Obama honored her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011.

You can stream her documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise for free here until April 30th. 

In remembrance of her and the many gems she left with us, here are just a few of Dr. Angelou's quotes that are worthy of reflecting on regularly and integrating into our daily lives:


“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.”


“Nothing will work unless you do.”



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


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

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”


"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."


Dr. Maya Angelou

(April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014)


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