5.29.2014

Phenomenal Women

As one of my favorite poets, I'd be remiss not to honor Maya Angelou as her voice fell silent yesterday. She was an inspiration on countless fronts, but most importantly, her commitment to civil justice and peaceful leadership helped to change generations past, and generations to come.



Two of my all time favorite poems, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Phenomenal Women, are pieces that I read often, not just for literary inspiration but for when I need some encouragement. She stood for strength, kindness, being happy despite the worst circumstances, and leading by demonstration.

Quotes from her work are staples in my life and the lives of many across the globe - she's been my pick-me-up when I need a little reminder on a refreshing way to look at the world. Below are a few of my favorites.
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:: 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.

:: Nothing will work unless you do.

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

:: 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.

:: The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.

:: When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

:: Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

8 comments:

  1. So sad to hear of her passing yesterday, she truly was such an intelligent woman

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  2. She was a woman who was good down to her core.

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  3. she is a pretty remarkable woman with such a legacy! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  4. Such a sad day. Her words will live on forever. RIP Maya Angelou.

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  5. She was such a strong woman, we were lucky to have someone who has made such an impact on so many fronts.
    -Alex
    www.monstermisa.blogspot.com

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  6. This is a beautiful tribute. She has left an indelible mark.

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  7. I loved Maya Angelou's poems, and obviously her awesome name ;) She will be so missed! xx

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  8. She's a remarkable woman & will continue to be so through the minds and hearts of all that she touched!! We need more like her in this world to carry on the message and light she shared!! xx

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