Maya Angelou

I have always been deeply touched by Maya Angelou's work which is focused on women's power and beauty among many other life lessons. In a sea of many authors and poets, Maya Aneglou in my opinion is the most extraordinary; she speaks from her soul and is able to perfectly reflect her insights in a way that is clear and meaningful to the outside world. She will be a remembered as one of the most talented, open poets of our time and so eloquently writes about issue that are near to everyone's heart. Her writing continue to be a great encouragement and way to strive to be a better person.

Phenomenal Woman

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
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
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

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
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

45 Best Maya Angelou Quotes:

1.If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
2.Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.
3.If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘Good morning’ at total strangers. – Maya Angelou
4.If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
5.Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
6.The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
7.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. –
8.I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.
9.My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
10.One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. – Maya Angelou
11.The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. –
12.The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
13.Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
14.I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. – Maya Angelou
15.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. – Maya Angelou
16.Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
17.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.
18.You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you. All the other tangible rewards will come as a result.
19.A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
20.I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
21.Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. – Maya Angelou (Letter to My Daughter)
22.We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
23.You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
24.Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
25.The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise
26.Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.
27.You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!
28.I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
29.Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
30.I sustain myself with the love of family.
31.I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. Maya Angelou
32.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.
33.The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.
34.The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don’t know my story…
35.A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best, challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.
36.The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you. – Maya Angelou
37.Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift.
38.Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
39.You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
40.We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.
41.When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.
42.This is my life. It is my one time to be me. I want to experience every good thing.
43.I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
44.We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
45.You rose into my life like a promised sunrise, brightening my days with the light in your eyes. I’ve never been so strong. Now I’m where I belong. – Maya Angelou

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