As we feel certain you know by now, this week the world lost Maya Angelou, writer, poet, memoirist, civil rights activist, empowerer of women and all-around amazing human being.
Between her writings and her speech, Angelou was, and, I can only imagine, will continue to be, one of the most frequently quoted public figures of our time. Her quotes and poems can be applied to so, so many emotions, situations and occasions—with love being among the most prevalent.
We’ve talked before about how much we love the inclusion of works of literature into wedding ceremonies or other parts of the day—it’s such a strong, simple way to really personalize the event, to make it truly reflective of you as a couple—and since we’ve seen some excellent rounding-up of some of Angelou’s best this week, thought we’d compile some of them here.
Here are 16 pieces of Angelou wisdom on love.
Here are a few more.
Here is one of my favorite Angelou poems on love, “Touched by an Angel,” in its entirety—and what I happen to think would make for a lovely secular reading at a wedding ceremony.
Do you have any other favorites?