SAGE ADVICE FROM ONE OF AMERICA’S GREATEST VOICES: UNFORGETTABLE QUOTES OF MAYA ANGELOU
‘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.’
‘If you get, give. If you learn, teach.’
‘You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.’
‘Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.’
‘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.
‘Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
‘I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.
‘When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.’
‘Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.’
‘There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.’
‘Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.’
Angelou died on the morning of May 28, 2014 some time before 8 AM, according to a family statement. She was found by her caregiver.  She had reportedly been in poor health and had canceled recent scheduled appearances
Maya Angelou born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American author and poet. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, and several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of seventeen, and brought her international recognition and acclaim.