Beloved Maya Angelou Quotes for Inspiration

I was sad to read that Dr. Maya Angelou passed away. She had such a way with words. They rolled off her tongue in such an eloquent manner. Some people just speak from the soul and what they say can move millions. I always dreamed of hearing her read a poem in person or give a speech. When I read her last tweet I was moved to tears. What she says really speaks to the spiritual journey I’m on.

“Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.”

I’m certainly trying to listen more to myself and have moments of silence. This can be hard to do in this busy buzzing world!

When I learned that she had passed I reflected on a few of her quotes that have moved me. I hope sharing them with you will encourage you to do some self-reflection and perhaps read one of her autobiographies or poems. She was so inspirational! Make sure you watch her biography and read more about her life and the impact she had.

Here are a few of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes:

“There is no great agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.”

I think this is so true and I agonize with what stories to tell online and which I should keep private. I think we all have this fine line. I feel as though I have more stories to share that could help people. Someday I’ll share.

“All great achievements require time.”

We all want instant gratification, especially the younger generations. Yet, to achieve greatness there needs to be patience, practice and sometimes failure. You cannot win a race until you’ve learned to run fast, control your breathing, pace yourself and you’ve practiced and ran many, many, miles first. I don’t run but when I did track ions ago my coach taught us the importance of practice and failure so we could learn from our mistakes.

“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.”

Some days I only have one smile in me. We all have those days. I try to remember that my kids need to see me smile. They don’t want to see me sad or depressed. They want to make sure mamma is happy. So I try to give my smiles to my kids.

What Dr. Maya Angelou quotes inspire you? Which ones do you adore?


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