Inspirational Quotes from Maya Angelou

Positive thoughts to lift your spirits from one of the greatest poets of our generation.

Terra Cooper May 29, 2014

I have always admired Maya Angelou.  She has been a light to so many people and I wanted to put together some of her most inspirational quotes to hopefully lift and inspire some of you.  Adoption is hard.  Some days we just need a little more courage, a little more hope, a little more happiness.

Wisps of Glory
1. Wisps of Glory

"I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory." - Maya Angelou

Never forget how you made them feel
2. Never forget how you made them feel

"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

You decide
3. You decide

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

I am Woman
4. I am Woman

"I am a Woman
Phenomenal Woman,
that's me."

Some Style
5. Some Style

"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

Be a Rainbow
6. Be a Rainbow

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou

We must not be defeated
7. We must not be defeated

"We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated." - Maya Angelou

Make sure your experiences are positive
9. Make sure your experiences are positive

"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive." - Maya Angelou

Without courage...
10. Without courage...

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest." - Maya Angelou

Love recognizes no barriers
11. Love recognizes no barriers

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope." - Maya Angelou

Shine from within
12. Shine from within

"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within." - Maya Angelou

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Terra Cooper

Terra Cooper is a Staff Storyteller at She is a mother of three-- two boys and one girl who was adopted. She is also a professional wedding photographer, a self-proclaimed foodie, and a TV/movie addict. Visit her website.

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