21 Life-Changing Tweets From Maya Angelou

The award-winning author, poet, and civil rights activist died on May 28 at age 86.

1. On living life to your fullest:

I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it.

2. On finding joy in yourself and others:

My wish for you is joy. When you wish someone joy, you wish peace, love, prosperity, health, happiness... all the good things.

3. On doing what you love:

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love.

4. On personal intelligence:

To want others to do the best they can for themselves, when they have done the best they can for you -- this is intelligence.

5. On learning to be happy:

When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. #happyacts

6. On giving love:

7. On allowing yourself to be the best you to others:

Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive, that I have the responsibility to give the best treatment to others.

8. On overcoming your obstacles:

The idea of overcoming is always fascinating to me, because few of us realize how much energy we have expended just to be here today.

9. On forgiveness:

Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.

10. On being open with yourself:

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

11. On standing up for what you believe in:

I will not be abused. I will not be misused, not willingly. But I will be of use. Anybody who is not of use is useless.

12. On following your own path:

If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking.

13. On never giving up on love:

In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.

14. On strength:

Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.

15. On fighting for what's right:

We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance.

16. On trusting yourself:

My grandmother used to say, "get some starch in your backbone." We could all stand a little straighter.

17. On giving your all:

Give it everything you’ve got, can’t do is like don’t care. Neither of them have a home.

18. On being your best:

Until you love a thing you will never be your best. You may back into it, but until you love it you will never be your best.

19. On tragedy and humanity:

It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different.

20. On believing in yourself:

I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved.

21. And her final tweet, on listening to your heart:

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.

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