My Favourite Maya Angelou Quotes

It is rare for an individual (who is not a statesman, a country’s president, a religious leader) to receive such out-pour of gratitude, respect, and admiration from all walks of life – young girls, politicians, business people, sportsmen, media, poets, writers, actors/actresses, academia, etc.  She was Maya Angelou, a poet, writer, night-club dancer, singer, honorable doctors, and a true inspiration for many; she died on May 28, 2014.  Maya was invited to write a poem in honour of the 2008 Beijing Olympics – “Amazement Awaits”:

…We are here at the portal of the world we had wished for
At the lintel of the world we most need.
We are here roaring and singing.
We prove that we can not only make peace, we can bring it with us.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can compete passionately without hatred.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can take pride in the achievement of strangers.
With respect for the world and its people,
We can share openly in the success of friends.
Here then is the Amazement
Against the odds of impending war
In the mouth of bloody greed
Human grace and human spirit can still conquer.
Ah … We discover, we ourselves
Are the Amazement which awaits
We are ourselves Amazement.

Do rest in peace.

Here are a celebration of a few of my favourite quotes of hers:

Maya_Forget

Maya_Change

Maya_gratitude

Maya_Courage

Maya_Success

Maya_Love

Maya_Amazing

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4 thoughts on “My Favourite Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. Very beautiful this post is a beautiful tribute brought poet Maya Angelou. Beautiful quotes.
    Thank you for sharing with us.
    Have a wonderful weekend, dear simplecherishes! Big hugs, Ştefania. 🙂

    I love this poem written by Maya Angelou:

    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
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    I walk into a room
    Just as cool as you please,
    And to a man,
    The fellows stand or
    Fall down on their knees.
    Then they swarm around me,
    A hive of honey bees.
    I say,
    It’s the fire in my eyes,
    And the flash of my teeth,
    The swing in my waist,
    And the joy in my feet.
    I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Men themselves have wondered
    What they see in me.
    They try so much
    But they can’t touch
    My inner mystery.
    When I try to show them
    They say they still can’t see.
    I say,
    It’s in the arch of my back,
    The sun of my smile,
    The ride of my breasts,
    The grace of my style.
    I’m a woman

    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Now you understand
    Just why my head’s not bowed.
    I don’t shout or jump about
    Or have to talk real loud.
    When you see me passing
    It ought to make you proud.
    I say,
    It’s in the click of my heels,
    The bend of my hair,
    the palm of my hand,
    The need of my care,
    ‘Cause I’m a woman
    Phenomenally.
    Phenomenal woman,
    That’s me.

    Phenomenal Woman — Maya Angelou

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