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15 inspirational quotes from Maya Angelou (15 items)

By , Deseret News

May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou, the world-renowned Renaissance woman, has died at the age of 86, according to a statement from Wake Forest University released Wednesday.

Angelou, an actress, author, civil rights activist and so much more, was admired by many, and her death has sparked countless social media posts featuring some of Angelou's most well-known quotes.

Her last message was given through a Tweet that stated: "Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God."

Here we have compiled 15 such quotes you're likely to see circulating today as admirers honor her memory.

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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.”

2 of 15.

"I am a child of God. I always carry that with me."

Photo: American poet and writer Maya Angelou shown on Dec. 15, 1992 in Washington, D.C.

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

Photo: President Barack Obama kisses author and poet Maya Angelou after awarding her the 2010 Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

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“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

"I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a 'life.' I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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."

Photo: In this Nov. 21, 2008, file photo, poet Maya Angelou is shown in Washington.

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"I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone."

Photo: Maya Angelou, left, and Oprah Winfrey share laughs during a star-studded double-taping of "Surprise Oprah! A Farewell Spectacular," Tuesday, May 17, 2011, in Chicago.