Maya Angelou
  • Courage is the most important of all virtues, because without courage, you cannot practice any of the other virtues consistently.

  • Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.

  • History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

  • I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.

  • I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude about it.

  • If you get, give. If you learn, teach.

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

  • Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

  • My great hope is to laugh 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.

  • 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.

  • Nothing will work unless you do.

  • The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.

  • Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

  • We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.

  • We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay—and rise!

  • We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.

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