Maya Angelou was one a formidable woman and one of the greatest souls to ever graced the earth. In this post, I’d like to share with you some of my favorite her words of wisdom.

She’s a phenomenal role model and I hope that you’ll take comfort in her words as much as I have.

May she rest in peace and may her legacy of wisdom be remembered and celebrated by many generations to come…

“Do the best that you can until you know better. When you know better, you do better”

“The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor & style”

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty”

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do and liking how you do it”

“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”

“Have enough courage to trust love, one more time”

“Shine on, let nothing dim the light that shines from within”

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain”

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

“If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the best thing you can do is to be present in the present…gratefully”