Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014


Sadly today, the celebrated storyteller, poet and activist Maya Angelou passed away. She was a woman of great courage, strength and spiritual beauty who inspired many with both her words and actions.


“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

“The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library”

“Poetry is music for the human voice. Until you actually speak it or someone speaks it, it has not come into its own.”

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

“Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren’t, we should behave as though we are — cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.”

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.


20 Responses to “Maya Angelou, 1928 – 2014”

  1. Grandma Kc

    You sure found some great quotes to use. Words we all should live by. It is a huge loss but she did so much while she was here, more than most of us. She will be missed.

    • belindambrock

      Thanks, Kc—I couldn’t even believe how many wonderful quotes of hers exist. As you could tell, I chose ones that would have particular meaning for grandbooking readers.

  2. Joyce

    I loved that lady too. So fresh, so fearless. I just adored her spunky attitude at the inauguration. Thanks for the collection of her very best!