"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely in the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."
Maya Angelou is one of the most famous poets and writers of the present century. Her body of work is prolific - seven autobiographies, three books of essays, many volumes of poetry and also lists of movies, TV series and plays.
She is quoted by millions, and her quotes bring hope and good cheer, along with a sense of confidence and determination to all those who make a friend of her.
"Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest."
Her most famous works include poems like 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings', 'Phenomenal Woman' and 'Still I Rise'.
She is considered one of the foremost African- American creative voices of the century.
Her sense of humour comes out in the poem "When I Think About Myself''.