April 4, 1928 –May 28, 2014

Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Hailed as a global renaissance woman, Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist. She passed away on May 28, 2014.

She has spoken and written so many important words; here are a few favorite short quotes:

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

4. Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the ‘leaders’ must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.

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

6. All of us know, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided.

7. I’m convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they’re stones that don’t matter. As long as you’re breathing, it’s never too late to do some good.

8. If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.

10. 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.

11. The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.

12. 13. I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

14. I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

15. At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

16. How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!