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7 Maya Angelou quotes on love, life and courage

REMEMBRANCE: Maya Angelou would have been 90 years old today

MAYA ANGELOU, the phenomenal African-American writer, poet and civil rights activist, would have been 90 years old today. Celebrities, public figures and fans all over the world are today remembering her incredible words, work and spirit, and Google have dedicated today’s doodle to her.

Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, wrote more than 30 books, including I know why the Caged Bird Sings and The Heart of a Woman. Here, we take a look back at some of her most inspirational quotes.

On courage and virtues...
“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

On thriving...
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, and some style.”

On rising above adversity...
“You may shoot me with words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still like life, I’ll rise.”

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

On taking action...
“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.”

On life lessons...
“When you learn, teach. When you get, give.”

On love…
“I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love, because that liberates. Love liberates."

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