Quotes by Maya Angelou


Do the best you can until you know better. Then, when you know better, do better.
– Maya Angelou

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
– Maya Angelou

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
– Maya Angelou
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
– Maya Angelou
Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
– Maya Angelou
All great achievements require time.
– Maya Angelou
All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
– Maya Angelou
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
– Maya Angelou
As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
– Maya Angelou
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
– Maya Angelou
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
– Maya Angelou
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
– Maya Angelou
Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
– Maya Angelou
Effective action is always unjust.
– Maya Angelou
For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
– Maya Angelou
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
– Maya Angelou
I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.
– Maya Angelou
I answer the heroic question Death, where is they sting? with It is here in my heart and mind and memories.
– Maya Angelou
I believe that every person is born with talent.
– Maya Angelou
I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
– Maya Angelou