Maya Angelou was known for her powerful words of wisdom on a variety of topics. Today, we’ll take a look at 30 quotes about love from the legendary poet and author. These quotes are sure to inspire and motivate you in your own love life.

Maya Angelou Love Quotes

Maya Angelou was a powerhouse of inspiration, and her wisdom on love is profound. Here are the best quotes from Maya Angelou about love that will open your heart and inspire you to love more fully.

  • Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou
  • If you have only one smile in, you give it to the people you love. – Maya Angelou
  • Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it. – Maya Angelou
  • Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. – Maya Angelou
  • In the flush of love’s light, we dare be brave. And suddenly, we see that love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. – Maya Angelou
  • My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody, and have the courage to accept the love in return. – Maya Angelou
  • If we lose love and self-respect for each other, this is how we finally die. – Maya Angelou
  • The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous. – Maya Angelou
  • Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age. – Maya Angelou
  • You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it. – Maya Angelou
  • I know for sure that love saves me and that it is here to save us all. – Maya Angelou
  • Open your eyes to the beauty around you. Open your mind to the wonders of life. Open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself. – Maya Angelou
  • I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don’t just want to possess it, it will find you. – Maya Angelou
  • The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society. – Maya Angelou
  • I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’… There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. – Maya Angelou
  • We need joy as we need air. We need love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. – Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Love

Whether you’re in a new relationship or have been married for years, these love quotes from Maya Angelou will surely resonate with you. Enjoy!

  • First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love. – Maya Angelou
  • To those who have given up on love: I say, “Trust life a little bit. – Maya Angelou
  • Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. – Maya Angelou
  • Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you’ve got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. – Maya Angelou
  • In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. – Maya Angelou
  • I am grateful to have been loved and to be loved now and to be able to love because that liberates. Love liberates. It doesn’t just hold—that’s ego. Love liberates. It doesn’t bind. Love says, ‘I love you. I love you if you’re in China. I love you if you’re across town. I love you if you’re in Harlem. I love you. I would like to be near you. I’d like to have your arms around me. I’d like to hear your voice in my ear. But that’s not possible now, so I love you. Go. – Maya Angelou
  • Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive and, better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style. – Maya Angelou
  • When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe. – Maya Angelou
  • Love is many things. It is varied. One thing love is not, is unsure. – Maya Angelou
  • Love can be used for anything you can explain, any good thing that you can explain. – Maya Angelou
  • If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. – Maya Angelou
  • Love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. A Brave and Startling Truth. – Maya Angelou
  • My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still. – Maya Angelou

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Final Thoughts

Maya Angelou was a great thinker and writer who understood the complexities of love. These quotes show that she had a deep understanding of what love is and how it can be expressed. Her words are wise and full of insight, offering us a glimpse into the heart of one of America’s most beloved poets. We should all take a moment to reflect on her thoughts about love, especially during this time of year when love is celebrated worldwide. What is your favorite Maya Angelou quote about love?