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Legendary poet, author, activist and musician Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. In honor of her great life, we are taking a look at some of her best quotes.

Didn’t know Maya Angelou was a musician? Listen to her song “Run Joe” here.

Phenomenal Woman: Our Favorite Dr. Maya Angelou Quotes was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

2. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

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

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“I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

4. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that 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.”

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“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

6. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

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

8. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

9. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

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“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.”

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

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“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.”

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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. 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. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.. “

16. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

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

17. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me. ” – “Phenomenal Woman”

18. REGISTER NOW for the 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion taking place August 28- September 1, 2014 in Orlando, Florida! For booking information, call 407-248-9191.

REGISTER NOW for the 2014 Allstate Tom Joyner Family Reunion taking place August 28- September 1, 2014 in Orlando, Florida! For booking information, call 407-248-9191.
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