50 Maya Angelou Feminist Quotes to Keep You Fighting

Maya Angelou(1928–2014) was an American poet and civil rights activist. This memoirist was born on April 4, 1928. In her work, she uses feminism approach. This legendary poet tried to inspire women all around the world. She published A Series of Seven Autobiographies, 3 books of Essays, Poetry books. But Maya Angelou is best known for Seven Autobiographies, which focuses on her life experience (Childhood and early adult).

In remembrance of her incredible role, QuotesGeeks listed 50 Maya Angelou Feminist Quotes.

Top 50 Maya Angelou Feminist Quotes:

01.

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

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I am a woman / Phenomenally / Phenomenal woman / That’s me.

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Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.

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A woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself.

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A wise woman wishes to be no one’s enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone’s victim.

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She said black women are so special. Few men of any color and even fewer white women can deal with how fabulous we are.

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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

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You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

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As a Black American woman, I could not sit with easy hands and an impassive face and have my future planned. Life in my country had demanded that I act for myself or face terrible consequences.” 

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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

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I thought about black women and wondered how we got to be the way we were. In our country, white men were always in superior positions; after them came white women, then black men, then black women, who were historically on the bottom stratum.

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How did it happen that we could nurse a nation of strangers, be maids to multitudes of people who scorned us, and still walk with some majesty and stand with a degree of pride?

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13.

With time and a kindly librarian, any unskilled person can learn how to build a replica of the Taj Mahal.

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A strong woman stands up for herself. A stronger woman stands up for everybody else.

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Girl, don’t you believe it. Georgia is Down South. California is Up South. If you’re black in this country, you’re on a plantation. You have to deal with masters. There might be some argument over whether they are vicious masters but be assured that they all think they are masters . . . And if they think that, then you’d better believe they think you are the slave. Maybe a smart slave, a pretty slave, a good slave, but a slave just the same.

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16.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

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17.

If you’re a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don’t understand talent any more than we understand electricity.

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18.

Stand up straight and realize who you are. That you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight.

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

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I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.

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If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

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22.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

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23.

We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.”

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24.

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

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25.

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 ass.

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Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.

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27.

If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

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28.

She was stimulating instead of intimidating.

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29.

You’ve been a hard worker—white, black, Asian, and Latino women ship out of the San Francisco port because of you. You have been a ship fitter, a nurse, a real estate broker, and a barber. Many men and—if my memory serves me right—a few women risked their lives to love you. You were a terrible mother of small children, but there has never been anyone greater than you as a mother of a young adult.

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30.

We are more alike than we are unalike.

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The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time that she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.

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Black females, for the most part, know by the time they are ten years old that the world is not much concerned with the quality of their lives or even their lives at all.

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33.

I don’t think she ever knew that a deep-brooding love hung over everything she touched.

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Behind the women’s eyes, however, there is a wisdom that does not pretend to be unaware; nor does it permit gullibility.

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35.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.

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(A woman) will need to prize her tenderness and be able to display it at appropriate times in order to prevent toughness from gaining total authority and to avoid becoming a mirror image of those men who value power above life, and control over love.

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37.

After being a woman for three years, I became a girl.

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38.

Her husband remains, in my memory, undefined. I lumped him with all the other white men that I had ever seen and tried not to see.

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39.

Hell, girl, everybody feels sorry for you, but nobody owes you a damn thing.

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40.

The only sure prediction in this whole world was you

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41.

“The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.”

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“I wanted to be a woman, but that seemed to me to be a world to which I was to be eternally refused entrance.”

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“What I needed was a boyfriend. A boyfriend would clarify my position to the world and, even more important, to myself. A boyfriend’s acceptance of me would guide me into that strange and exotic land of frills and femininity.”

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44.

“You are too good a woman to think small.”

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I’ll put my foot in that door up to my hip until women of every color can walk over my foot, get in that union, get aboard a ship and go to sea.

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Baby, I’ve been thinking and now I am sure. You are the greatest woman I’ve ever met.

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47.

The woman who truly intends to live a good life is already living phenomenally since intent is part of the achievement.

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I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.

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The Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons, and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose. Any break from routine may herald for them unbearable news.

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As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.

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Maya Angelou Feminist Quotes

A Short List of Awards Received by Maya Angelou:

Here, we listed some of the prestigious awards won by Maya Angelou. These are:

  • National Medal of Arts (2000)
  • National Women’s Hall of Fame (1998)
  • Mother Teresa Award (2006)
  • Lincoln Medal (2008)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2010)
  • Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1990)
  • Pulitzer Prize nomination (1972)

FAQs Related to Maya Angelou Feminist Quotes:

#1. Was Maya Angelou a feminist?
Ans: Maya Angelou was a feminist who uses feminism approach in her work.

#2. What was Maya Angelou’s nickname?
Ans: Maya was the nickname of  Maya Angelou.

#3. What nationality is Maya Angelou?
Ans: American

#4. Who did Maya Angelou inspire?
Ans:

There are some big names who are inspired by Maya Angelou. Includes: 

  1. Oprah Winfrey
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Serena Williams
  4. Bill Clinton
  5. Barack Obama
  6. Richard Pryor
  7. Nicki Minaj
  8. Rihanna
  9. Dave Chappelle
  10. Kendrick Lamar

#5. What are some of Maya Angelou’s poems?
Ans:

  • On the Pulse of Morning
  • Woman Work
  • Mother: A Cradle to Hold Me
  • A Brave and Startling Truth
  • We Had Him

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