Thank you, Maya Angelou

Her voice is stilled but her words will live forever. Here are a few of my favourites.

Rest in peace, Dr. Angelou, and thank you.





Needless to say, there are countless pages of praise shared about this remarkable woman, after her passing yesterday. I particularly liked what TIME had to say:

“When Maya Angelou was 16 she became not only the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco but the first woman conductor. By the time she was 40 she had also been, in no particular order, a cook, a waitress, a madam, a prostitute, a dancer, an actress, a playwright, an editor at an English-language newspaper in Egypt, and a Calypso singer (her one album is entitled “Miss Calypso.”) It wasn’t until 1970, when she was 41, that she became an author: her first book, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, told the story of her life up to the age of 17. That remarkable life story ended today at the age of 86.”


If you were asked to choose one single quote of hers, which would it be?

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Patricia Sands lives in Toronto, Canada when she isn't somewhere else, particularly the south of France. With a happily blended family of seven adult children and, at last count, six grandchildren, life is full and time is short. Beginning with her first Kodak Brownie camera at the age of six, she has told stories all of her life through photography. Much to her surprise a few years ago, she began to write and has now published three novels, including two that are part of a six-book series set in the south of France. Love France? Love her work! Check out her website She is particularly drawn to the rewarding friendships of women and the challenges many embrace once their families are grown. "It's never too late to begin something new," she enthuses. "As the saying goes, just do it!"

21 thoughts on “Thank you, Maya Angelou

  1. Thank you, Patricia! For me, Maya is the quintessence of a “late”-blooming writer. She experienced life to its fullest then wrote about it, and never gave up through tragedy and depression. I think the first is my favorite.

    1. You are so right! Among other things, she is a fine role model for “late-blooming” writers indeed! I agree with you about that first quote and that’s the thing about her sayings, isn’t it? She always managed to refine powerful messages into simple words.

  2. As I’ve said elsewhere, it’s a shame it’s taken her death to bring me back to her work, which I’ve always found remarkable, but which I’ve neglected to read for some years.

    1. You’re most welcome, Patricia. You will be able to learn all about her now as the tributes pour in about her remarkable life and how she found words that teach and empower every one of us.

  3. Although I think this is easier said than done, as a worst selling author I appreicate the message: “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

  4. A beautiful tribute to an amazing lady! Her quotes are so powerfully inspiring, it is hard to pick one. Off hand this comes to mind
    “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again”

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