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Today,we celebrate the 90th posthumous birthday of Dr. Maya Angelou with some of our favorite quotes.

Her life was a testament to what one person can accomplish through perseverance, determination,and kindness of heart. She championed the unique health and wellness needs of women.


Maya Angelou was one of America’s most beloved and celebrated poets and authors, with over a dozen awards and over 50 honorary degrees attesting to her inspirational role at the center of American life.

Her lifetime of achievement was rewarded in 2000 when she received the National Medal of Arts, and in 2010 President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, one of the country’s highest honors.

We’ve compiled a list of 12 best Maya Angelou quotes on love, life, courage, being a woman, loving and respecting yourself, and happiness.

“If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.”

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

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

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

If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

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

Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take but by the moments that take your breath away.

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

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.

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

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

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

Share with us your favorite quotes from this phenomenal woman.

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  • Favorite quote is “My mission in life is not just to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some humor, some compassion and some style” Sleep on MAYA, Your legacy remains..

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