Monday Motivation (#9)

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I finished I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings yesterday [review coming soon] and was really inspired by Maya Angelou’s writing. I decided to devote a whole Monday Motivation post quotes from her because she seemed like a very wise woman.

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

“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.”

“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”

“Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin – find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.”

“For a person who grew up in the ’30s and ’40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, ‘Here I am, read me.’ Over time I have learned I am at my best around books.”


Angelou has so many great quotes that it was hard to narrow it down but these are some great quotes that relate to not just reading or writing but life in general in most cases. Hopefully these quotes help put your Monday in perspective, if needed, or can give you the courage to keep writing!

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