Top 25 Maya Angelou Quotes

1. "You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated."

2. “Stand up straight and realize who you are. That you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.”

3. “I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.”

4. “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”

5. "When people show you who they are, believe them."

6. “Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.”

7. “I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.”

8. "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

9. “I got my own back.”

10. “Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.”

11. "Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better."

12. “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”

13. “I created myself. I have taught myself so much.”

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

15. "We are only as blind as we want to be."

16. "Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet."

17. “We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”

18. “Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more.”

19. “The only thing is, people have to develop courage.”

20. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

21. “A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.”

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

23. “All great achievements require time.”

24. “Courage—you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.”

25. “If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.”