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Legendary poet, author, activist and musician Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928. In honor of her great life, we are taking a look at some of her best quotes.

Didn’t know Maya Angelou was a musician? Listen to her song “Run Joe” here.

Phenomenal Woman: Our Favorite Dr. Maya Angelou Quotes  was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

2. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

3. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

4. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

5. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

But when I start to tell them,

They think I’m telling lies.

I say,

It’s in the reach of my arms,

The span of my hips,

The stride of my step,

The curl of my lips.

I’m a woman

Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,

That’s me. ” – “Phenomenal Woman”