Top 10 Favorite Quotes by Maya Angelou

To celebrate Black History Month, we are going to take a look today at some of our favorite quotes by Maya Angelou. In addition to being a central figure in the Civil Rights Movement, Maya was also an inspirational author and poet in her lifetime who captivated many with her words. We are positive that the following quotes will ring true to you and give you something to think about as you go through your day.



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


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


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


4. “It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.”


5. “I try to see every day as a celebration.”


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6. “Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”


7. “We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. It may even be necessary to encounter the defeat, so that we can know who we are.”


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


9. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”


10. “I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.”


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