Remembering the forever inspiring Maya Angelou
With some of her finest quotes
American author and poet Maya Angelou, an elegant commentator on race and gender – best known for her groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, has died at the age of 86, in North Carolina.
The prolific African-American writer died quietly at her home in Winston-Salem, Angelou's family said in a statement last night.
"She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love," said a statement by her son, Guy B. Johnson.
Angelou wrote more than 30 titles and had won numerous awards during her lifetime, and was honoured last year by the National Book Awards for her service to the literary community. Her latest work Mom & Me & Mom, about the teachings of her mother and grandmother, was released just last year. Symbolically, her last tweet is dated on May 23 and said, "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."
Buro 24/7 remebers some of her finest quotes:
"Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
"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."
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
"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 humour, and some style."
"Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud."
"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."
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels."
"The love of the family, the love of the person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society."
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently."
"Nothing will work unless you do."