Phenomenal Woman, Celebrating The Life and Legacy Of Dr. Maya Angelou


I had been studying some of Dr. Maya Angelou’s earlier pieces as inspiration for my new poetry book. I was deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of her passing this morning. While today may be a somber one and our hearts may be heavy we must remember to carry on her legacy in love and light. We must remember to embrace all that she has given us individually and collectively. I remember the first time I read a poem by her (Phenomenal Woman) I felt empowered and so inspired. Maya Angelou made me feel confident about creating poetry and aspiring to be an author at such a very young age. I didn’t know much about poetry at 13 but she amongst many others helped me believe that I did and could pursue it as I grew old. It is because her that I am a proud African American author/poet and push forward to peruse so many other amazing things. A renowned novelist, poet, educator, and woman of film has paved the way for so many and did so gracefully. May her words and legacy forever live on all over the world in books and in all of our hearts. Rest Peacefully Dr. Maya Angelou. Check out some inspiring quotes sure to warm your heart and day from Maya Angelou below.


1. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

2. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

3. “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.”

4. “In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’”


5. “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

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

7. “No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn.”

8. “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.”

9. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

10. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size But when I start to tell them, They think I’m telling lies. I say, It’s in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I’m a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That’s me.”

11. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”


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