8 Powerful Quotes From Maya Angelou to Inspire Your Year

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In 2014, we mourned the loss of one of the world’s most powerful voices: Maya Angelou. But her inspiration lives on in the inspiring words she shared with us.

Here are some of Maya’s most powerful words to inspire your day, and your life.

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

“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.”

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

“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.”

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

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

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

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