I can’t tell you how sad we all are about the death of Maya Angelou today at 86. Starting with the must-read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings back when I was a kid, I was instantly captivated by her amazing command of the language, and how profoundly she could find truth and convey meaning even using the most accessible prose. The older I grew, the more important her essays and poems became to me. In fact, there are so many quotes we have all commonly heard, that you may not even know they originated with Dr. Angelou.
If you feel like surrounding yourself with a little more of her remarkable spirit and insight today, here are some of my favorite Maya Angelou quotes turned into artwork by some wonderful Etsy artists who clearly found inspiration in her as well. You can also check out The Reconstructionists for their own beautiful take on her as a woman who inspired through her words.
In her own words: People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. In the case of Dr. Angelou, however, I hope I will never forget all three.
[top photo: Stephen Matteson Jr]
Everything in Moderation Maya Angelou print from Riverway Studios ($14)
You Can’t Use Up Creativity Maya Angelou print from Jay Dot Creative ($5, digital download)
People Will Forget What You Said Maya Angelou quote art from Jill Marie 7276 ($5 digital download)
Success Maya Angelou quote print from PrintableHome ($5, digital download)
Normal is Boring Maya Angelou quote artwork from The Little Illustrator ($18)
I Do My Best Maya Angelou quote artwork from Believe Paper Goods ($20)
Phenomenal Woman Maya Angelou quote typed with a vintage typewriter from In This Room ($9)
RIP Dr. Maya Angelou. They broke the mold with you.