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Posted by : Unknown May 28, 2014

I must admit-- My heart hurts. This woman empowered me and showed me ways to find peace throughout my life. I almost even named my daughter after her. Instead, I sometimes call her Maya as a nickname. The world has lost a wonderful soul, but I guess God needed her back for other work. RIP Ms. Maya Angelou. Your absence will be felt around the world.

That was my fb shout out to a woman that inspired and empowered me; but it doesn't do her, or her life, justice. I was never lucky enough to meet her in person, but I always felt her presence and her lovely spirit.

Since the news of her death, many sites have posted about her achievements in life, some of her quotes, and how she made people feel. I will post a few of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes that will hopefully touch your soul as they did mine.

Maya Angelou Quotes~~ 

“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.” 

“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” 
― I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.” 

“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.” 

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

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

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

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” 

“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.”

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

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.” 

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.” 
―  Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.” 
―  Letter to My Daughter

“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.” 
―  Letter to My Daughter

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.” 

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” 

“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” 

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” 

“There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

“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.” 

“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.” 

“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise!” 

“Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.” 

Thank you, Ms. Maya for all that you gave of your knowledge, your experience, your passion, and your soul. I promise to pass it on. You were truly a rainbow in my cloud. And now, you rise! God bless~

Thanks for reading!

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