Maya Angelou Letter to My Daughter Quotes

Maya Angelou, an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist, offers valuable life insights through her profound quotes. In her book “Letter to My Daughter”, Angelou shares a collection of wise advice to women everywhere. The following 25 quotes from the book will surely touch your heart and inspire you to live with greater compassion, understanding, and strength.

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

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” – Maya Angelou

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

“Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand.” – Maya Angelou

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” – 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 may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – Maya Angelou

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” – Maya Angelou

“I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.” – Maya Angelou

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” – Maya Angelou

“Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.” – Maya Angelou

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” – Maya Angelou

“We need much less than we think we need.” – Maya Angelou

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential.” – 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

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou

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

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” – Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as ‘making a life’.” – Maya Angelou

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

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” – Maya Angelou

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” – Maya Angelou

“We are only as blind as we want to be.” – Maya Angelou

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

These are some of the valuable life insights that Maya Angelou has offered through her eloquent words. We hope these quotes inspire and uplift you. Which of these quotes resonated the most with you? If you have any personal quotes that you live by, we would love to hear them. Your personal wisdom might be the inspiration someone else needs. Feel free to share in the comments below.

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