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Maya Angelou was a famous poet and author as well as an activist. She wore many hats, but she was most noted for her first autobiography, “Why The Caged Bird Sings.” In her book, she talks about her childhood and her abuse. Maya Angelou’s quotes on inner strength have been written down in history.
I have taken a few of these quotes and put them together. You can draw from her inner strength to grow out of adversity, just as Maya did. She was powerful and opened her life up for us to see and learn from.
Maya Angelou Quotes-Inner Strength
The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.Maya Angelou
God has given us life and all that we have. When we are gracious for his gifts, we will receive more in abundance. He does not promise an easy life, but he does promise to be here when we need him. Be grateful in the hard times and the good times, for God has you in the palm of his hand.
Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.Maya Angelou
Courage is a strength that will conquer fear. When you harness fear, you can step out to practice the virtues that will help the world. Be the light that others can emulate.
Courage – you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn’t want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.Maya Angelou
Maya says that building courage will overcome fear. As you face the challenge ahead, you realize that the fear was a perceived situation. Grow slow and build your courage.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.Maya Angelou
You can not always say what will and will not happen, but you can control how you act and react to the situation. In fact, it is best never to react but to act with thoughtfulness.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.Maya Angelou
I know you have heard the saying, “don’t burn bridges.” When someone mistreats you, please don’t make an enemy of them. You don’t have to continue in the situation and play the victim role, but to keep them close will give you the upper hand.
A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.Maya Angelou
How often have you thought you were stuck in a situation that you did not like? You tried to change it, but you did not have control over it. Maya is saying it is wise to look at it from a different angle. Check your feelings and outlook. Change you to a more positive light, and the problem will have a different solution.
If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.Maya Angelou
To be normal is comfortable. Within your comfort zone, you will never move forward. You have to step outside your comfort zone to grow and become amazing.
We are only as blind as we want to be.Maya Angelou
If you want to see the truth, you will. But you are blind when your mind is in a state of denial.
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.Maya Angelou
What a profound quote this is. When you stop learning is when you will die. Yes, oh, so true!
Maya gives you some great words of wisdom in her teachings and quotes. You can choose to learn or repeat her mistakes. It is not always an easy decision, but her words will help you think before you act.