Maya Angelou in 2008.
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By TIME Staff
May 28, 2014

Renowned American author and poet Maya Angelou died today at the age of 86 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Best known for her poetry and autobiographical works like I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, she’s been an inspiring source of wisdom for many generations.

Thousands have already taken to social media to mourn the icon, sharing their favorite quotes, lessons (using the #MayaTaughtMe hashtag) and even links to her last poetic tweet:

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.

— Maya Angelou (@DrMayaAngelou) May 23, 2014

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(Read Lev Grossman’s obituary here)

"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 28, 2014

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We're saddened by the passing of our friend Maya Angelou. Thank you for all you've done, and for all the hugs. pic.twitter.com/kmLCN59Uef

— Sesame Street (@sesamestreet) May 28, 2014

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Maya Angelou, Lyrical Witness of the Jim Crow South, Dies at 86, via @nytimes. Farewell, Dr Maya Angelou http://t.co/vDlYNSSssl

— Amy Tan (@AmyTan) May 28, 2014

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"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." #MayaAngelou : poet, author and activist, dead at 86

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) May 28, 2014

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Rest in peace, Dr. Maya Angelou. The world is better because of your voice.

— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) May 28, 2014

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"Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise."—Maya Angelou, a truly phenomenal woman whose words will serve to lift our souls forever.

— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) May 28, 2014

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Thank you, Dr. Angelou. Bringer of light. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/2LOMK7Yttp

— Elizabeth Gilbert (@GilbertLiz) May 28, 2014

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RIP to one of the greatest women this world has ever known. Thank you Maya Angelou for all of the gifts and knowledge you gave us…

— Russell Simmons (@UncleRUSH) May 28, 2014

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Thank you, Maya, for your power, your politics, your poetry. We need you more than ever. Rest in peace.

— 💎 Lena Dunham 💎 (@lenadunham) May 28, 2014

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You may shoot me with your words
You may cut me with your eyes
You may kill me with your hatefulness
But still like air I'll rise

— Megan Ellison (@meganeellison) May 28, 2014

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R.I.P MAYA ANGELOU ..ANOTHER GREAT GONE ..BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN ..A LIFETIME OF UNDERSTANDING AND MEMORIES LIVE… http://t.co/Q88zSVVCVx

— Wu Tang Clan (@WuTangClan) May 28, 2014

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Maya Angelou has passed away. She was a great light in the world. I feel honored to live in a world she influenced and touched so deeply.

— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) May 28, 2014

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Rest with the angels, Maya Angelou. pic.twitter.com/iPNSvui8BL

— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) May 28, 2014

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RIP Maya Angelou. RT @DrMayaAngelou: Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.

— Dulé Hill (@DuleHill) May 28, 2014

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"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." – Maya Angelou.

— Mary J. Blige (@maryjblige) May 28, 2014

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