Learning about Real Heroes: Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was a true American hero. Her philosophy and outlook on life can play a major role in education. A research or analysis of her works may open the heart and mind of a child. As a poet, writer, journalist, performer, dancer, actress, director, teacher and civil rights activist, her full life cuts across many disciplines. As one of the great modern day polymaths, her life story and experiences can inspire many game changers and youth from different backgrounds and interests. A few quotes that radiate her light and evoke wisdom are below.

“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.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

“When people show you who they are, believe them.”

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

“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.”

“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”

“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’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

“I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, is daring to dare.”




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