Maya Angelou Quotes – Words to Live By

April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

“Out of youth marked by pain and injustice, Dr. Maya Angelou rose with an unbending determination to fight for civil rights and inspire every one of us to recognize and embrace the possibility and potential we each hold.” President Barach Obama, upon awarding Dr. Angelou the Medal of Freddom in 2011.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

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

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.

Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

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.

It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

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

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

All great achievements require time.

One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.  Without courage, we cannot practice any other virture with consistency.  We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.