Words to Live By, by Maya Angelou

mayaIt's hard to figure out what to write about Dr. Maya Angelou, the author, poet, scholar, single mother, former nightclub dancer, mechanic, playwright and way more who died yesterday at age 86 and took a little bit of the world's light with her. The New York Times tells bits of her story well, but we wanted to bring you a few of her latest words, per twitter, because Dr. Angelou's voice itself is always the most resonant in the room. ♥ "Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'"

♥ "I had a lot of clouds, but I have had so many rainbows in my clouds."

♥ "When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else."

♥ "From the poem 'Our Grandmothers': ...lay aside your fears that I will be undone, for I shall not be moved."

♥ "The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned."

♥ "Have enough courage to love."

If you want to check out some of Dr. Angelou's work, try her first autobiography, which takes you through her life up to age 17: I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.