Her voice is stilled but her words will live forever. Here are a few of my favourites.
Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou, and thank you.
Needless to say, there are countless pages of praise shared about this remarkable woman, after her passing yesterday. I particularly liked what TIME had to say:
“When Maya Angelou was 16 she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. By the time she was 40 she had also been, in no particular order, a cook, a waitress, a madam, a prostitute, a dancer, an actress, a playwright, an editor at an English-language newspaper in Egypt, and a Calypso singer (her one album is entitled “Miss Calypso.”) It wasn’t until 1970, when she was 41, that she became an author: her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, told the story of her life up to the age of 17. That remarkable life story ended today at the age of 86.”
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If you were asked to choose one single quote of hers, which would it be?
Thank you, Patricia, for this tribute to an amazing woman and writer.
You are welcome, Evelyne. She left a fine legacy of empowering words to which everyone can relate regardless of colour, creed, or economic status.
I olove all her quotes and use them in my classroom. We will miss this remarkable woman.
I love hearing you quote her words in your classroom. That’s one of the best places to start!
Debra Eve says
Thank you, Patricia! For me, Maya is the quintessence of a “late”-blooming writer. She experienced life to its fullest then wrote about it, and never gave up through tragedy and depression. I think the first is my favorite.
You are so right! Among other things, she is a fine role model for “late-blooming” writers indeed! I agree with you about that first quote and that’s the thing about her sayings, isn’t it? She always managed to refine powerful messages into simple words.
As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s a shame it’s taken her death to bring me back to her work, which I’ve always found remarkable, but which I’ve neglected to read for some years.
Well, that’s just what so often happens. You aren’t alone! Fortunately we will have her work forever.
The Regular Guy NYC says
She had such an amazing life and incredible talent with words. She will be missed.
Yes indeed, Phil.
We have posted many articles everywhere. She deserves to be remembered – always!
It has been wonderful to read all of the tributes and learn even more about this remarkable woman. What a fine legacy she has left the world.
Patricia Yager Delagrange says
I didn’t know much about Maya Angelou. Thank you for this, Patricia.
You’re most welcome, Patricia. You will be able to learn all about her now as the tributes pour in about her remarkable life and how she found words that teach and empower every one of us.
Words We Women Write says
She was a smart lady. My favorite quote ( of many) ~ If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
I like that one too! It’s all about attitude, isn’t it?
She is inspirational in so many ways. Her quotes and writings will be with us forever.
She was an inspiration to all women. RIP Maya Angelou.
Although I think this is easier said than done, as a worst selling author I appreicate the message: “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”
A beautiful tribute to an amazing lady! Her quotes are so powerfully inspiring, it is hard to pick one. Off hand this comes to mind
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again”
Ah, that’s a lovely quote too. As you say, it’s difficult to pick just one. What a legacy!