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Quotes of Maya Angelou

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

“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.”

"I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me."

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

"Nothing will work unless you do."

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

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

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”

"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage."

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

“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.”

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.”

"We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders."

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean."

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

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

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

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”