Maya Angelou passed away quietly at her North Carolina home, said a statement released by her family today. She was 86 years old.
So, who was Maya Angelou?
Maya Angelou’s incredible career spanned more than 50 years. She was most famously a poet and author, publishing 30 books in all, including seven autobiographies, several volumes of poetry as well as three essay collections. However, she was so much more, enjoying success as a film and TV writer, an actor, dancer and producer. Moreover she was a defining civil rights activist. She stood on the frontline in the battle for gender and racial equality, and was dedicated to showing the world the importance and power of acceptance and tolerance.
She received a multitude of awards throughout her life, including the National Book Foundation’s Literarian Award in 2013, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011 and the National Medal of Arts in 2000.
During her 86 years, Maya Angelou touched the lives of many. She was a woman with many talents. But it is her words of wisdom that will be remembered most. May she rest in peace, and her lessons live on forever.
Ten of Maya Angelou’s Most Inspiring Quotes
1. “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
2. “Nothing will work unless you do.”
3. “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
4. “It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”
5. “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.”
6. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
7. “We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognise that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”
8. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
9. “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”
10. “We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay — and rise!”