Although it has been a complete year since the passing of Maya Angelou, her legacy and words will live on with us forever. Angelou is now on a U.S. postage stamp, and her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is being released one last time. This time the famous book comes with a foreword written by none other than Oprah Winfrey. Maya Angelou has touched all of our hearts and changed our lives for the better, and we’ve gathered up a couple quotes that are sure to put your life into a whole new perspective.
- “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.”
- “You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lies. You may tread me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I’ll rise.”
- “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.”
- “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”
- “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.”
Angelou used her voice to get through to anyone that’s been suffering, and needing to be courageous. Whether that person is a college graduate or high school drop out, she encouraged everyone to be better writers, readers, and most importantly humans. May she rest in peace.