I realize I get a little carried away sometimes with my passion for books and my favorite authors, but it’s my profound belief that Maya Angelou’s books, poetry, and stories should be required reading in our schools and homes. The world would be a better place for it. – Joi
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. – Maya Angelou
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. – Maya Angelou
There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth. – Maya Angelou
We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. – Maya Angelou
While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation. – Maya Angelou
Through the years, I’ve found it wonderful to acquire, but it is also wonderful to divest. It’s rather like exhaling. – Maya Angelou Quote from “Life Seems to Love the Liver of It”
Achievement brings its own anticlimax. – 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
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
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded. – Maya Angelou
Nothing will work unless you do. – Maya Angelou
If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. – 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
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. – Maya Angelou
Facts About Maya Angelou
- Marguerite Johnson was born in 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri . The world would come to know her as Maya Angelou.
- Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination fell on Maya Angelou’s birthday in 1968 and left her devastated.
- 1975-1976, Maya Angelou was appointed a member of American Revolution Bicentennial Council by President Gerald R. Ford.
- In 1977, May Angelou appeared in the film Roots.
- “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, is a chronicle of Maya Angelou’s life up to age sixteen.
- Maya Angelou received a lifetime achievement award by the Ethnic Multicultural Media Awards.
- She took the name Maya Angelou when she became a cabaret artist in her late twenties
- In 1993, Maya Angelou read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at the inauguration of President Clinton.
- Maya is a member of the Director’s Guild of America.
- Everyone knows that Maya Angelou is an award-winning writer and one of the greatest poets to ever put pen to paper. However, many don’t realize that she’s also an actress, dancer, performer, and teacher.
- Maya Angelou grew up in Stamps, Arkansas.
- Maya Angelou was a writer for the Oprah Winfrey series Brewster Place.
- Maya Angelou received an Emmy Nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her role as “Nyo Boto” (Grandmother) in Roots.
- Maya Angelou taught modern dance at THE ROME OPERA HOUSE and THE HAMBINA THEATRE in Tel Aviv.
- Maya Angelou was the Northern Coordinator for THE SOUTHERN CHRISTIAN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE, appointed at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.!
- Maya Angelou is fluent in six languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, and West African Fanti.