Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.  on April 4, 1928. Originally named Marguerite Johnson she died on May 28, 2014. She was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist who published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry.

In her lifetime, she went through a lot and kept a lot of jobs which included being a sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer.

Resulting from experiences in her formative years, she had so much to say about life and always tried to empower women, children and the society.

She was a perfect candidate to dish out life lessons, especially to women, considering her background, loaded with lots of ups and downs. We’ve put together five of her most popular motivational quotes:

  • “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 asses.”
  • “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
  • “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  • “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.”
  • “We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognise that human beings are more alike than we are unalike. “

Author: Ope Adedeji