Maya Angelou was one of the most beloved and celebrated poets and authors from the United States, with dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary titles that prove his inspirational role. In 1993, she was invited to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning"in the presentation of Bill Clinton, becoming the first poet since 1961 to deliver an inaugural recitation.
His life of achievements were rewarded in 2000 when he received the National Medal of the Arts, and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the highest honors in the country.
But Maya Angelou was not only a renowned writer and poet, she is also known for being an important civil rights activist. He worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, and dedicated his life to being a tireless voice for women and blacks, to achieve a more open vision of humanity where everyone could find their place. On May 28, 2014, Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86.
Famous quotes by Maya Angelou
There is a world of difference between truth and facts. The facts can obscure the truth.
I hate, it has caused many problems in the world, but it has not yet solved any.
If I am not good to myself, how can I expect someone else to be good to me?
Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.
Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We cannot be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.
I have learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
A wise woman does not want to be anyone's enemy; A wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.
I have learned that every time I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
You cannot exhaust creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but we rarely admit the changes it has undergone to achieve that beauty.
I learned that I still have a lot to learn.
Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.
We need much less than we think we need.
Life is not measured by the amount of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away.
We can find many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
I have learned that making a living is not the same as building a life.
When someone shows you who he is, believe him the first time. People know each other much better than you. That is why it is important to stop expecting them to be more than what they are.
We are as blind as we want to be.
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.
Growing up is stop blaming parents.
You have to have enough courage to trust love one more time, always one more time.
Faith is the evidence of the invisible.
There is no greater agony than carrying an untold story within you.
My wish for you is to continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a cruel world with your acts of kindness.
I determine to live life with style and laughter.
Don't let anything dim the light that shines from within.
Love does not recognize barriers. Jump fences, jump fences, penetrate walls to reach your destination full of hope.
You did the best you knew. Now that you know more, you will do better.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and makes the present inaccessible.
Look for patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.
I wish, like all human beings, to be at home wherever I am.
I have discovered that among its other benefits, giving frees the soul of the giver.
Open your eyes to the beauty that surrounds you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you and always be true to yourself.
Never make someone a priority, when everything you are to them is an option.
My mission in life is not simply to survive, but to prosper; and I do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor and a little style.
If you always try to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
We need joy because we need air. We need love, since we need water. We need each other, because we need the land we share.
When you learn, you teach, when you have, you give.
Develop enough courage so you can defend yourself and defend someone else.
You are only free when you realize that you don't belong anywhere: you belong to all places, not just one. The price is high. The reward is great.
Life is a gift and I try to respond with grace and courtesy.
You don't need another person, place or thing to be complete. God already did that. Your job is to know.
You cannot control everything that happens to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by it.
If you go down a road and you don't like what's in front of you, and you look back and you don't like what you see, get off the road. Create a new route!
If you do not like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude, but don't complain.
The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and as much as possible.
Look what you've already gone through! Do not deny it. You are stronger than you thought you were.
You can shoot me with your words, you can cut me with your eyes, you can kill me with your hate, but still, like the air, I will rise!
This is a wonderful day, I had never seen it before.
We cannot change the past, but we can change our attitude towards it. Start the guilt and sow forgiveness. Start arrogance and sow humility. Change the love for hate, making the present comfortable and the future promising.
Like the moons and the suns, with the certainty of the tides, as well as the hopes that rise high, so I will rise.
If you must look back, do it with indulgence. If you look forward, do it in prayer. But the wisest course would be to be present with gratitude.
Beautiful jewel, you shine, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself.
I have learned that, regardless of your relationship with your parents, you will miss them when they have left your life.
I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a brave woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches to be.
It is time for parents to teach young people from the beginning that there is beauty and strength in diversity.
No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and it will be better tomorrow.
Having courage does not mean we are not afraid. Having courage and showing courage means that we face our fears. We can say: 'I have fallen, but I will rise.'
Remember, people will judge you by your actions and not by your intentions. You can have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg.
A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure you have big dreams. And then try to live your dreams.
Every day I wake up, I'm grateful. My intention is to be fully present on this day. And laugh as much as possible.
If we lose love and self respect for others, it is when we finally die.
The success is that you like it, you like what you do and you like how you do it.
I am not competing with anyone but me. I want to be excellent in whatever I do.
Keep going. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don't give up.
Every time a woman defends herself, without knowing it, without claiming it, she defends all women.
When was the last time someone told you how important you are?
You want me to do something ... tell me I can't do it.
You cannot forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I mean having enough courage to get up and say, “I forgive him. I'm done with that. ”
All great achievements require time.
I think the most important thing, beyond discipline and creativity is to dare.
History, despite its heartbreaking pain, cannot be lived, but if it is faced with courage, it is not necessary for it to be lived again.
Even if you think you can't be heard, talk anyway.
I observe the obvious differences between each person, but all alike, my friends, although we are not equal.
Few, if any, survive their adolescence. The majority surrenders to vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.
You are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone.
Sorry. It is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, forgive. Forgive everyone. You will be relieved to stop carrying that burden of resentment. It will be really lighter. You will feel lighter.
I think a hero is anyone really determined to make this a better place for everyone else.
Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. Life is shocking, but you should never seem surprised. No matter how bad it is, it could be worse and no matter how good it is, it could be better.
Laugh and dare to try to love someone, starting with yourself. First you must love yourself, of course, and you must protect yourself so that no one can annul you, invalidate or trample you. Just say, "Just a minute. I'm worth everything, honey. ”
Give yourself time just to be with yourself.
Leaving nights of terror and fear behind, I wake up. On a dawn that is wonderfully clear, I wake up.
I think that when we don't know what to do, it is prudent to do nothing. Sit in silence; Calm your hearts and your mind and breathe deeply.
I have learned that even when I have pain, I don't have to be one.
Whatever you want to do, if you want to be good at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
I refuse to allow the differences created by man to separate me from other human beings.
My mother raised me and then released me.
In the whole world, there is no heart for me like yours. In the whole world, there is no love for you like mine.
The happy heart runs with the river, floats in the air, rises with the music, flies with the eagle, waits with prayer.
You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing.
Most people do not grow. Most people get older. They find parking spaces, respect their credit cards, get married, have children and call that maturity. What that is is aging.
You have to have courage to love someone. Because you risk everything. Everything.
Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.
A leader sees greatness in other people. Neither he nor she can be a great leader if all they see is themselves.
We must all know that diversity is a beautiful tapestry, and we must understand that all tapestry threads have the same value, regardless of their color.
You should not feel bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. Eat about the host.
If you find someone else's care in your heart, you will have succeeded.
I have learned that you should not go through life with a catcher's glove in both hands; You need to be able to return something.
The main thing in one's inner world is to try to laugh as much as to cry.
When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness ... all good things.
The caged bird sings with a terrifying trill, because the caged bird sings to freedom.
I don't trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
Each person deserves a day in which they do not face problems, do not look for solutions.