Today is a sad day for readers and poetry lovers.
Celebrated author and poet Maya Angelou died today at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86, as confirms her publicist.
Born on April 4, 1928, Angelou wasn’t only an author and poet. She was also an accomplished actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, playwright, historian, director, civil rights activist and teacher. She was even a cable car conductor at one time.
Her successful career lasted 50 years, during which she received over 30 honorary degrees from universities around the world.
She has written 30 books, the most popular of which being the novel “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”.
It is well worth noting that Angelou was fluent in 6 languages. She also won three Grammy awards and was nominated for a Tony Award. In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Furthermore, she famously recited her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill Clinton’s inauguration in 1993.
Her most famous works include her poem “Phenomenal Woman”.
Her last tweet was on May 23rd: “Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God”. This might as well be her last quote.
The late poet’s quotes will be remembered forever. Below are my top 10 favorite Maya Angelou quotes:
1- 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.
2- If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
3- Nothing will work unless you do.
4- Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
5- If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love.
6- A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.
7- History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
8- Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
9- Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.
10- Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
If you have other favorite Maya Angelou quotes, please share them with us.