Catalyst Quotes

Compiled by Alex Pena ~ ‘Catalyst’: “to spark, to ignite, energize, mobilize; something that accelerates a reaction (DDI)." Thought-provoking & motivational quotes and stories for you to read, reflect on and move forward in making creative and positive changes in your life.

Rest in Peace Maya Angelou – “Life Goes On / But Like Air, I’ll Rise”


“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. 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. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.”   (Maya Angelou) 



 “I don’t trust anyone who doesn’t laugh.”   (Maya Angelou)



“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!”   (Maya Angelou)



“Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.”   (Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter)



“If you don’t like something, change it.  If you can’t change it, change your attitude.  Don’t complain.”   (Maya Angelou)



“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated.  In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”   (Maya Angelou)



“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.  Life’s a bitch.  You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”   (Maya Angelou)



“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious.  The desire to reach hearts is wise.”   (Maya Angelou)



“A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”   (Maya Angelou)



“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.”    (Maya Angelou)



“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”   (Maya Angelou)


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2 thoughts on “Rest in Peace Maya Angelou – “Life Goes On / But Like Air, I’ll Rise”

  1. Thank you for this wonderful collection, Alex.
    All quotes to hold on to.
    Emma 🙂

  2. Emma – Thank you also for your comments. It was sad to hear of her death. She is (was) a great writer and her work will sustain many throughout the years.

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