5 Inspiring Quotes from Maya Angelou That Will Bring Tears to Your Eyes

Maya Angelou is a renowned poet, dancer and activist who has been at the forefront of the civil rights movements for women and African-Americans since the 1950s. While most of us will probably never get the opportunity to sit down and hear Maya speak in person, we can all learn a lot from her words and wisdom.

Here are some of our favorite Maya Angelou quotes on life, love and the pursuit of happiness:

“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.” 

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” 

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

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.”