One day, during the spring of my sophomore year, a teacher laid a book on my desk. It was to be my reading assignment. I looked down at the funny looking title and groaned. I groaned a lot back then, but luckily I actually completed this assignment. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” led me through an emotional roller coaster that I can remember with clarity even today.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes by the legendary Maya Angelou:
“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
“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.”
“A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.”
“What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.”
“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”
“It’s one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.”
“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”