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21 Life-Changing Tweets From Maya Angelou

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

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1. On living life to your fullest:

I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it.

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it.

9:11 AM - 16 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. On finding joy in yourself and others:

My wish for you is joy. When you wish someone joy, you wish peace, love, prosperity, health, happiness... all the good things.

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

My wish for you is joy. When you wish someone joy, you wish peace, love, prosperity, health, happiness... all the good things.

1:54 PM - 12 Nov 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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3. On doing what you love:

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love.

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love.

5:37 PM - 09 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. On personal intelligence:

To want others to do the best they can for themselves, when they have done the best they can for you -- this is intelligence.

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

To want others to do the best they can for themselves, when they have done the best they can for you -- this is intelligence.

4:06 PM - 06 Aug 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. On learning to be happy:

When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. #happyacts

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. #happyacts

2:46 PM - 20 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. On giving love:

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

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

5:42 PM - 24 Sep 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

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.

1:44 PM - 18 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. On forgiveness:

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

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

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

7:25 AM - 06 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

4:45 PM - 06 Jun 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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.

8:10 AM - 06 Sep 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

12. On following your own path:

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

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

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

11:57 AM - 10 Dec 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

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

3:24 PM - 26 Jan 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. On strength:

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

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

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

5:31 PM - 08 Dec 12ReplyRetweetFavorite

15. On fighting for what's right:

We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance.

Maya Angelou@DrMayaAngelou

We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance.

5:03 PM - 21 Feb 11ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

5:56 PM - 25 Jun 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

12:44 PM - 02 Jun 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

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.

9:58 PM - 14 Jun 10ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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.

5:14 PM - 21 May 13ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

7:28 PM - 29 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

2:43 PM - 23 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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