Maya Angelou: In her own words
The American writer, civil rights activist and academic, Maya Angelou, has died at the age of 86. She leaves behind her a large body of work including seven volumes of autobiography and many poems. Here are some of the quotes which made her famous.
- "People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
- "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
- "If you're always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
- "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
- "It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody."
- "I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'."
- "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."
- "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 humour and some style."
- "Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
- "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."
- "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God." (This was her final tweet, posted on 23 May)