Maya Angelou award winning actress and poet celebrated her birthday on April 4, 2013. In appreciation of her global contribution to  helping others live purpose driven lives – I’m going to share with you 10 of her timeless, motivational and inspirational quotes.

Maya Angelou Grande Dame takes life by the horns.

Her words, her teachings, her life – encourage us to be bold, to stand for something, to be authentic, to be courageous, to speak our truth, to embrace our fears and go confidently in the direction of our dreams, and make a change.

She’s an inspiration for digging deep into your potential and living a successful life on your terms.

Maya Angelou is an EXTRAordinary woman. Her life is a reflection of a woman who loves herself unconditionally. A woman who had the audacity to publicly own her experiences. Experiences that helped her to blossom into the woman she is today.

For your inspiration 10 image quotes by Maya Angelou.

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


“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” ― Maya Angelou
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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”
Maya Angelou

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”
Maya Angelou

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
Maya Angelou

“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.” ― Maya Angelou

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

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
― Maya Angelou

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

“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.” ― Maya Angelou

It’s a wrap

Maya Angelou has 306 quotes on Goodreads. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry. Wikipedia

Taking a  line from one of her poems that in part captures the essence of  who she is – “I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.”

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