Loving Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou is a true compassionate woman with an outstanding sense of humor.  Her quotes are so real and honest you always know where you stand with her.  I have to say I do miss her and her funky glasses, her wise slow talking grandmotherly voice, her interviews with Oprah Winfrey, and her punchy lines that can shock and inspire all at the same time.  I’m so grateful there are many quotes of hers widely available to all of us and today I just thought it would be nice to list some for all of you.   Here’s to you Maya, with love. ..

“When people show you who they are, believe them”

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

“You will face many defeats in your life but never let yourself be defeated”

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you will be”

“Jealousy in romance is like salt in food.  A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening”

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better”

“Hate has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet”

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

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”

“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me ‘I love you.’  There is an African saying which is:  Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt”

“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”

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.  Don’t be surly at home.  Then go out in the street and start grinning good morning at total strangers”

“To those who have given up on love, I say; trust life a little bit”

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away”

“You can’t use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have”

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

“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”

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life”

“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 that love in return”

“A woman’s heart should be so lost in God that a man would have to seek Him to find her”


Missing you Maya, you’re awesome!


41 thoughts on “Loving Maya Angelou

  1. This is nice. Just heard of her but not all those sayings. Wonderful to feel the words. 😊
    Thank you for sharing, Jennifer! Enjoyed every bit!!

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  2. Hey jenny it’s great you poured some beautiful quotes from Maya 🙂 You know I love her quotes and some of them you mentioned here have been on my status of Whats App and Google accounts 🙂 ❤

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  3. Beautiful tribute to a woman I now wish to learn about. Ever since we met and of course more so now, I inspire to be a better ME, so you would want to know me. Sounds silly, but I want to inspire others like u do me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for that.

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    • Jenna, thank you so much for your inspiring comment and compliments. 🙂 It’s been a pleasure getting to know you too and inspiration can be found everywhere, inside and outside ourselves. 😉 You inspire without even knowing it girl! Keep up the awesome work and I look forward to your blog!! ❤


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