Maya Angelou Dies at 86


“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. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.”
― Maya Angelou

  • daveinprogress

    A huge loss to literature, to America and to the world. An amazing woman.

  • Jamie

    So sad to hear that this incredible woman has passed. She had such a profound impact on my life and the lives of many others. May she rest in peace.

  • g

    I love the quote you posted, it sure makes me feel better about a current situation I’m in.

    Such a sad loss of an amazing woman 🙁

  • twinzin

    An amazing woman, powerful woman with huge influnces in literature as well as in the African American community. A great loss.

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