Maya Angelou's last tweet

Maya Angelou’s last tweet

Celebrated memorist and poet Maya Angelou, 86, who was found dead Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., was a high school dropout who became a professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Angelou was an American Study herself. “I have created myself,” she told USA TODAY in 2007, “I have taught myself so much.”

She was known for her inspiring words that shed light onto the beauty and injustices of the world. USA TODAY has lists 13 of her phenomenal quotes as follows:

1. “I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.”

2. “I am a Woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal Woman,
that’s me.”

3. “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.”

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

5. “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.”

6. “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.”

7. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”

8. “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.”

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

10. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

11. “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.”

12. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

13. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

Click on USA TODAY to read Maya Angelou’s obituary.

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5 Comments on Prolific American author, poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has died at 86

  1. Andrew M. says:

    RIP Maya Angelou. Thanks for this post. We should all take these quotes to heart.

  2. Junebug says:

    The last tweet was beautiful. Thank you.

  3. Tin Lizzie says:

    She left us with a brilliant legacy. The quotes are wonderful.

  4. Jennanne F says:

    She was so inspirational and so thought provoking. Heaven has gained an Angel

  5. Ben K says:

    What a legacy. The tweet was special.

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