Remembering Maya Angelou


Photo of Maya Angelou by Paul Morigi/AP Images for National Portrait Gallery

Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014. Angelou was a renowned poet and author who published seven books, three essay collections and dozens of poetry collections. Her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was released in 1969.

Throughout her career, Angelou received many awards and accolades, including more than 30 honourary degrees. She was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2011, which is the highest honour an American civilian can receive.

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Memorable quotes from Maya Angelou

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

"I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt."

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."

"Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it."

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CBC remembers Maya Angelou

In memoriam: authors we lost in 2014: