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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.

1. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

2. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

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

3. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

4. Phenomenal Woman – Maya Angelou

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

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6. 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.”

7. 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”