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Our Favourite Maya Angelou Quotes

Our Favourite Maya Angelou Quotes

We’re celebrating the iconic Maya Angelou this week, born 4th April 1928. Angelou has penned a number of phenomenal works, including And Still I Rise and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. She received over fifty accolades and awards for her writing, spanning from three Grammys and a Pulitzer Prize nomination through to the Spingarn Medal, National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 

Angelou was a remarkable individual who demonstrated grace and courage throughout her life. We’d encourage anyone with the time to read her collection of memoirs. 

For us, we thought that sharing some of our favourite quotes from her multitude of works might be a small but fitting tribute to her magnificent writing.


Hope for the best, be prepared for the worst and expect nothing.

Human beings are more alike than we are un-alike and let us see that and not only cherish but delight in the differences because the differences are superficial and they should delight us.

I know that a diamond is a result of extreme pressure. Less time and less pressure and it’s just crystal or coal or fossilised leaves or just dirt. But, time and pressure will create a diamond.

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

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


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.


We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated… In fact it may be necessary to encounter defeat so that we can know who the hell we are, what we can overcome, what makes us stumble and fall, and somehow miraculously rise and go on.
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