21 Life-Changing Tweets From Maya Angelou

The award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist died on May 28 at age 86.

1. On living life to your fullest:

2. On finding joy in yourself and others:

3. On doing what you love:

4. On personal intelligence:

5. On learning to be happy:

6. On giving love:

Have enough courage to love.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

7. On allowing yourself to be the best you to others:

Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive, that I have the responsibility to give the best treatment to others.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

8. On overcoming your obstacles:

The idea of overcoming is always fascinating to me, because few of us realize how much energy we have expended just to be here today.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

9. On forgiveness:

Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

10. On being open with yourself:

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

11. On standing up for what you believe in:

I will not be abused. I will not be misused, not willingly. But I will be of use. Anybody who is not of use is useless.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

12. On following your own path:

If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

13. On never giving up on love:

In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

14. On strength:

Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

15. On fighting for what’s right:

We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

16. On trusting yourself:

My grandmother used to say, "get some starch in your backbone." We could all stand a little straighter.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

17. On giving your all:

Give it everything you’ve got, can’t do is like don’t care. Neither of them have a home.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

18. On being your best:

Until you love a thing you will never be your best. You may back into it, but until you love it you will never be your best.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

19. On tragedy and humanity:

It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

20. On believing in yourself:

I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

21. And her final tweet, on listening to your heart:

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou)

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