Although I don’t consider myself a writer in the sense that I feel like I have to write, I do love words, especially those that have been written by other people. I love to sit with quotes and feel the weight of the individual words and the message as a whole.
I’m embarrassed to admit that it took the news of Maya Angelou’s passing for me to sit and consider the wealth of beautiful words she’s written (although I’ve certainly read bits and pieces here and there), and as my Facebook news feed filled with quotes yesterday, I was overwhelmed with a desire to share her wisdom with my girls.
There are surely hundreds of Maya Angelou quotes worth sharing, but here are 7 that really struck me:
1. “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”
2. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
3. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
4. “I work very hard, and I play very hard. I’m grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.”
5. “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.”
6. “We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”
7. “Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear.”
What is your favorite Maya Angelou quote?