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20 Moving quotes from Maya Angelou

Julie Sprankles is a freelance writer living in the storied city of Charleston, SC. When she isn't slinging sass for SheKnows, she enjoys watching campy SyFy creature features (Pirahnaconda, anyone?), trolling the internet for dance work...

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Acclaimed author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86, leaving behind a rich legacy of wisdom through her profound words. Today, we celebrate a life well-lived by looking back on 25 of the literary icon's best quotes.

"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."

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"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

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"The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them."

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

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"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a b****. You've got to go out and kick a**."

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"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently."

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

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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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"Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time."

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"You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you."

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"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!"

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"Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud."

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

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"You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody."

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"Nothing will work unless you do."

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

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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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"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

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