R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou

We’d like to take a moment to commend a legendary woman and writer. Maya Angelou is a gift to us all – there aren’t many people who excel at simply being, but she’s mastered it. As women, and writers, she’s a perpetual inspiration to us, and we’re deeply saddened by her death. As an iconic figure whose phenomenal words constantly evoke, we feel we cannot do her excellence justice with our words. All we can do is offer our most sincere gratitude and acknowledge her brilliance.

16 Favorite Quotes 

1.I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.

2. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

3. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.“

4. ”You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’“

5. ”There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.“

6. ”It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.“

7. ”Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.“

8.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.“

9. ”I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.“

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

11. ”Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.“

12. ”All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.“

13. ”Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.“

14. “You are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

15. “I would like to be known as an intelligent woman. A courageous woman. A loving woman. A woman who teaches by being.”

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

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