The remarkable Maya Angelou

The remarkable Maya Angelou

This week, we lost a truly remarkable woman.

Maya Angelou was a wonderful poet, writer, activist and singer.  Her singing and speaking voice had such richness and she shared such wisdom that I could listen to her for hours.

She didn’t have an easy upbringing, but over her 86 years, Maya was able to forgive, love and create wonderful art.  And while she did so, she encouraged us all to forgive, love and create wonderful art as well.

When I read her writing, I feel incredibly inadequate as a writer, but her charming, wise words continue to inspire me to get better at my craft and here are a few of my favourite quotes from this brilliant and extraordinarily talented woman:

“All great achievements require time.”

“Love recognises no barriers.  It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“Nothing will work until you do.”

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.  Don’t make money your goals.  Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must never be defeated.”

“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

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

“The idea is that you write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

“If you get, give.  If you learn, teach.”

“The best candy shop a child can be left alone in is the library.”

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

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

And my all-time favourite:

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but they will never forget how you made them feel.”

Maya was an amazing communicator and I could have kept going with dozens more insightful and inspiring quotes, but I want to hear from you.

What is your favourite quote from Maya Angelou?

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