In memory of poet and writer Maya Angelou who died yesterday at age 86, here are some of her fantastic quotes about love, forgiveness, and compassion.

"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."

 

"It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody."

 

"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.'"

 

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

 

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style."

 

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Derek Bridges