At the age of 86, Maya Angelou died on May 28, 2014.
Angelou was a celebrated novelist, poet, educator, actress and activist, hailed as one of the most influential voices of the 20th and 21st century.
Wake Forest University issued a statement Wednesday on her death:
Dr. Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world, including countless students, faculty, and staff at Wake Forest, where she served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies since 1982. Our thoughts and prayers are with Dr. Angelou’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Angelou won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration.
A survivor of sexual abuse, Angelou went on to befriend Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Not to mention, she was a mentor to living legend Oprah Winfrey.
In celebration of Angelou’s incredible life, let’s take a look at 20 of her most powerful quotes on life, love and forgiveness.