Maya Angelou at Her Best: 8 Quotable Quotes

Let these words from the beloved poet and civil rights activist inspire you.

Compiled by Meera Jagannathan

Try to be a rainbow

 in someone’s cloud. —Maya Angelou

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told,

“I’m with you, kid. Let’s go.” —Maya Angelou

Nothing will work

unless you do. —Maya Angelou

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. —Maya Angelou

If you don’t like something, change it.

If you can’t change it, change your attitude. —Maya Angelou

When someone shows you who they are,

believe them the first time. —Maya Angelou

If we lose love and self respect for each other,

this is how we finally die. —Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats

but we must not be defeated. —Maya Angelou

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