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10 memorable Maya Angelou quotes

In 2004,  Maya Angelou spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
In 2004, Maya Angelou spoke at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.(EPA)

Maya Angelou, a Renaissance woman and cultural pioneer, died Wednesday morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. Here are some of Angelou's memorable quotes:

• Final words from Angelou on twitter:

• "Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends." — "Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now" by Angelou (1993)

• "The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them." — From Oprah Winfrey's "Thank You Game"

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• "I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it." — "Letter to My Daughter" by Angelou (2009)

More notable quotes from Angelou:

• "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."

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

• "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."

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

• "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."

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

Oprah Winfrey laughed with Angelou during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in 2011.
Oprah Winfrey laughed with Angelou during the taping of "Oprah's Surprise Spectacular" in 2011.(REUTERS)

More coverage:

Videos: Notable Maya Angelou speeches, interviews

Photos: The life of Maya Angelou

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Quotes compiled from goodreads , Brainy quote, "Worth Repeating More Thank 5,000 Classic and Contemporary Quotes" (2003) by Bob Kelly, and "The Power of Hope" by Anthony Scioli and Henry B. Biller