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Legendary poet, author, activist and musician Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. In honor of her great life, we are taking a look at some of her best quotes.

Didn’t know Maya Angelou was a musician? Listen to her song “Run Joe” here.

Phenomenal Woman: Our Favorite Dr. Maya Angelou Quotes was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”

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“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.”

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“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”

4.

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

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“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.”

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“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude..”

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“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.”

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

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“I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.. “

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