Maya Angelou passed away on May 28, 2014, at the age of 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. Over the course of her lifetime, the cultural icon earned numerous awards and accolades for her work.
About one year ago, the famous poet, author, and activist sat down with Oprah for an interview. Here, she discusses moderation in all things (even moderation itself), the brilliance of living in your 80s (do it if you can), and the importance of feeling gratitude.
“Every age, I’ve been grateful. I’ve talked to you about this years ago. Just being grateful. Grateful, just constantly. Get up in the morning — thank you, Lord. Thank you for this day, thank you for the light coming through that window. Thank you. Thank you that I’m breathing. Thank you. Thank you for everything… Thank you for the phone call that told me that I had the job. Thank you even for the phone call that told me I’m not wanted anymore.”
“Thank you, because I know something better is on the road for me. So you fired me? Good on you, and very good on me — because what I’m going to get, darlin’, you would long for.”
What’s your favorite quote from Maya Angelou? Share in the comments.Whizzco