Maya Angelou

About Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Dr Maya Angelou was a remarkable renaissance woman hailed as one of the great voices of contemporary literature. As a poet, educator, historian, best-selling author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director, she traveled the world, spreading her legendary wisdom.

Maya on Oprah

Oprah Winfrey asked Maya Angelou what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was ‘exciting’. Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring everyday… like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried.

When I was in my younger days, I weighed a few pounds less, I needn't hold my tummy in to wear a belted dress.
But now that I am older, I've set my body free;
There's the comfort of elastic… Where once my waist would be.
Inventor of those high-heeled shoes… My feet have not forgiven;
I have to wear a nine now, But used to wear a seven.
And how about those pantyhose –
They're sized by weight, you see, So how come when I put them on
The crotch is at my knee?
I need to wear these glasses… As the print's been getting smaller;
And it wasn't very long ago I know  that I was taller.
Though my hair has turned to gray and my skin no longer fits,
On the inside, I'm the same old me, It's the outside's changed a bit.
But, on a positive note…
I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today,
life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.
I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life".
I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
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 whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.
I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.
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.

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Quotes by Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

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

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.

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

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

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.

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.

Nothing will work unless you do.

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

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