Maya Angelou is American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She left a legacy in her thoughtful and unfading words. Some of Maya’s words can be described as balm for a soul that yearns to be rejuvenated in the journey of life.
For research students, Maya was born as Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928. She died on May 28, 2014 at the age of 86.
Before her death, she published several works- autobiographies, books of essays, books of poetry. Wikipedia records that she was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years.
Maya Angelou was one of America’s unforgettable sources of inspiration, master of music and the spoken word. She is a multi-award winner with over 50 honorary degrees.
On the invitation from the White House in 1993, she became the first poet since 1961 to deliver an inaugural recitation. She recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at Bill Clinton’s inauguration.
In 2000, she received the National Medal of Arts and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom which is one of the country’s highest honors.
Here are some of Maya Angelou Quotes:
1. When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
2. You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.
3. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
4. I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.
5. If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
6. We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
7. It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.
8. We need much less than we think we need.
9. It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.
10. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.