MAYA ANGELOU GRADUATION QUOTES

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.”

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

“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.”

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that, I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

“I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.”

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.”

“I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

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

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

“In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

“I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me.”

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

“Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

“We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”

“Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.”

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, some humor, and some style.”