Legendary author and civil rights activist, Dr. Maya Angelou died on Wednesday, May 28 at age 86. She willing shared her amazing life and wonderful energy in everything she did. While Angelou will be deeply missed, her inspiring spirit will live forever through her works.
Here are a dozen Maya Angelou quotes to encourage, motivate and remember her by:
I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.
"Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history".
If a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
"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."
Wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again".
Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.
"I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I'll probably be writing when the Lord says, 'Maya, Maya Angelou, it's time.'"
The poet’s family issued this statement on her death:
"Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love."
Miss Calypso, Maya Angelou's first music album