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Celebrating the words of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou
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Author, poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died today in her North Carolina home at the age of 86, CNN reports. In celebration of her life and legacy, here are ten of her most famous and profound words of wisdom:

"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."

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

"I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

"When you know better you do better."

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

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

"We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives."

"To those who are given much, much is expected."

"What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain."

"I am a Woman
Phenomenal Woman,
that's me."

Indeed you are a phenomenal woman, Ms. Angelou. May your light shine on from within all of us.

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