(WJLA) - All over Facebook and Twitter Wednesday have been waves of people sharing some of the late poet, author and activist Maya Angelou's quotes that most resonate with them.
Angelou herself left a lasting one on May 23 for her final tweet: "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."Read more about the life and legacy of Maya Angelou.
"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."
"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
"I am a Woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that's me."
"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
"Have courage to trust love one more time, and always one more time."
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
"I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory."
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back."
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
"You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive."
"Ask for what you want, and be prepared to get it."
"If you get it, give. If you learn, teach."
"Lift up your eyes upon this day breaking for you. Give birth again to the dream."