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Maya Angelou

April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014 ·


The needs of a society determine its ethics.

- Maya Angelou (1969) ·

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me "I love you." … There is an African saying which is: "Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

- Maya Angelou (1997) ·

You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

- Maya Angelou (1989) ·

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

- Maya Angelou (2005) ·

I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life.

- Maya Angelou (2006) ·

If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

- Maya Angelou (1995) ·

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.

- Maya Angelou (1979) ·

You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.