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Determine to live life with flair and laughter. -- Maya Angelou
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Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. Curly -- Maya Angelou
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When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, 'Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.' -- Maya Angelou
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If you're going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can't be erased. -- Maya Angelou
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Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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Seek the fashion which truly fits and befits you. You will always be in fashion if you are true to yourself, and only if you are true to yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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We really are 15 countries, and it's remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham - both are certain they are the real American. -- Maya Angelou
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If we are honest and fair, then we are known by that. If we are not, alas, we are known by that as well. What we want to do is do right, but you have to say it, you have to show it, and not stop. -- Maya Angelou
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Each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension. -- Maya Angelou
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Dare to let your dreams reach beyond you. -- Maya Angelou
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For years, I had known that there is nothing idle about curiosity, despite the fact that the two words are often used in tandem. Curiosity fidgets, is hard to satisfy, looks for answers even before forming questions. -- Maya Angelou
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My great blessing is my son, but I have daughters. I have white ones and Black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain. I have gay ones and straight. I have daughters. I have Asian ones, I have Jewish ones, I have Muslim ones. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm working at trying to be a Christian, and that's serious business. It's like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy - it's serious business. -- Maya Angelou
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Life loves the person who dares to live it. -- Maya Angelou
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I know that you that you may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. If you accept that you have been defeated, you give power to the force that is trying to defeat you. -- Maya Angelou
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And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed. -- Maya Angelou
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Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style. -- Maya Angelou
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My mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin. -- Maya Angelou
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This bed yawns
beneath the weight
of our absent selves. -- Maya Angelou
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People feel guilty. And guilt is stymieing. Guilt immobilizes. Guilt closes the air ducts and the veins, and makes people ignorant. -- Maya Angelou
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Autobiography is awfully seductive; it's wonderful. Once I got into it, I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass - the slave narrative - speaking in the first-person singular, talking about the first-person plural, always saying 'I,' meaning 'we.' -- Maya Angelou
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My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart. -- Maya Angelou
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My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. -- Maya Angelou
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If the pretties were expected to make the supreme sacrifice in order to 'belong,' what could the unattractive female do? -- Maya Angelou
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When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today. -- Maya Angelou
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The difference between charity and philanthropy is the distance of the soul ... To be philanthropic is to give something, to be charitable is to give one's own heart. -- Maya Angelou
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But from a distance. I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less. -- Maya Angelou
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I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind. -- Maya Angelou
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Thank you, always say thank you; it's the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God. -- Maya Angelou
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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. -- Maya Angelou
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I love living. I love that I'm alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn't wake this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did. I love, too, that I know a little more today than I did yesterday, or I simply know it more profoundly. -- Maya Angelou
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When people see the laughing face, even if they're jealous of it, their burden is lightened. But do it first for yourself. Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent. -- Maya Angelou
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What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks 'the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,'.... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I'm writing, I write. And then it's as if the muse is convinced that I'm serious and says, 'Okay. Okay. I'll come. -- Maya Angelou
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Don't face the day until you've faced God. -- Maya Angelou
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Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops. -- Maya Angelou
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The happy heart runs with the river, floats on the air, lifts to the music, soars with the eagle, hopes with the prayer. -- Maya Angelou
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It's true. I can do anything and do it well because God loves me. It still humbles me. -- Maya Angelou
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You must take the good that people do and put the bright light on that good, but human beings can never withstand such light without showing their shadows and warts. All mortals have their shortcomings and weaknesses. -- Maya Angelou
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Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear, I rise. -- Maya Angelou
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If we lose love and self respect for each other,this is how we finally die -- Maya Angelou
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In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise. -- Maya Angelou
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If you have a song to sing, who are you not to open your mouth and sing to the world? -- Maya Angelou
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He watched her every move and when she left the room, his eyes allowed her reluctantly to go. -- Maya Angelou
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No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. -- Maya Angelou
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Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you. -- Maya Angelou
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To those who are given much, much is expected. -- Maya Angelou
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I can be changed by what happened to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. -- Maya Angelou
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be a rainbow in someone else's cloude -- Maya Angelou
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Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity. -- Maya Angelou
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When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time. -- Maya Angelou
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My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world. -- Maya Angelou
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That's the biggest gift I can give anybody: 'Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you're doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.' -- Maya Angelou
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I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I'm never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could. -- Maya Angelou
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We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom. -- Maya Angelou
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Even if they were society's pariahs, they were going to be angels in a marble white heaven and sit on the right hand of Jesus, the Son of God. -- Maya Angelou
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I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh. -- Maya Angelou
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Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay. -- Maya Angelou
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I write some country music. There's a song called 'I Hope You Dance.' Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it. -- Maya Angelou
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Give yourself time just to be with yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn't undermine the fact that they built the churches and maintain the pulpits. -- Maya Angelou
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I encourage you to live with life. Be courageous, adventurous. Give us a tomorrow, more than we deserve. -- Maya Angelou
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Your reputation is the most important thing you'll never have. Not clothes, nor money, not the big cars you may drive. If your reputation is good, you can achieve anything you want in the world. -- Maya Angelou
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When members of a society wish to secure that society's rich heritage they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development. -- Maya Angelou
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Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage means we face our fears. -- Maya Angelou
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The first thing I do in the morning when I awaken is say, 'Thank you, Lord!' I'm grateful to be alive, and I'm going to try to tell the truth as well as I know and tell it as eloquently as I can so that people can hear it. -- Maya Angelou
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Someone was hurt before you, wronged before you, hungry before you, frightened before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you ... yet, someone survived ... You can do anything you choose to do. -- Maya Angelou
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The future is plump with promise. -- Maya Angelou
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My people had used music to soothe slavery's torment or to propitiate God, or to describe the sweetness of love and the distress of lovelessness, but I knew no race could sing and dance its way to freedom. -- Maya Angelou
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For Africa to me ... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place. -- Maya Angelou
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Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. You must love yourself first, of course, and you must protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. Just say, 'Just a minute. I'm worth everything, dear.' -- Maya Angelou
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I'm happy to be a writer - of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn't a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use. -- Maya Angelou
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Because I was really white and because a cruel fairy stepmother, who was understandably jealous of my beauty, had turned me into a too-big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil. -- Maya Angelou
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At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. -- Maya Angelou
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This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. -- Maya Angelou
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we had been each other's home and center for seventeen years. He could die if he wanted to and go off to wherever dead folks go, but I, I would be left without a home. -- Maya Angelou
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I was seventeen, very old, embarrassingly young, -- Maya Angelou
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Every experience shapes your writing, being stuck in a car on a lonely bridge, or dancing at a prom, being the it girl on the beach, all of those things influence your life, they influence how you write, and the topics you choose to write about. -- Maya Angelou
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The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library -- Maya Angelou
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Life is a gift, and i try to respond with grace and courtesy. -- Maya Angelou
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First we became friendly, then we became sister friends. When she finally told me I was her daughter, I knew I had found home. Sitting -- Maya Angelou
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I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know. -- Maya Angelou
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He so routinely disparaged other people's importance that he didn't notice he was degrading me. -- Maya Angelou
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Love heals. Heals and liberates. -- Maya Angelou
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During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not. -- Maya Angelou
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I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming? -- Maya Angelou
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During these years in Stamps, I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare. He was my first white love. -- Maya Angelou
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We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm not a writer who teaches. I'm a teacher who writes. -- Maya Angelou
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I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. -- Maya Angelou
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Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs ... I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole. -- Maya Angelou
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It's hard because people think they have something to lose and the truth is they have everything to gain in trying to love somebody. -- Maya Angelou
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I will write on the pages of history what I want them to say. I will be myself. I will speak my own name. -- Maya Angelou
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Sometimes all you need in love is to make each other happy, to make each other laugh. So long as you can still do that ten years down the line then I think you're gold. Never let the laughter slip from your relationship. -- Maya Angelou
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Troubles are a blessing that force you to change, to believe. -- Maya Angelou
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She said, 'No, you learned that you have power - power and determination. I love you and I am proud of you. With those two things, you can go anywhere and everywhere. -- Maya Angelou
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They who have health have hope; and they who have hope, have everything. -- Maya Angelou
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Life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you. -- Maya Angelou
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My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God - I thank God every time I think of it - I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult. -- Maya Angelou
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Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence - neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish - it is an imponderably valuable gift. -- Maya Angelou
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I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it. -- Maya Angelou
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Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that - if you dare. But get older because it's fun! -- Maya Angelou
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At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn't matter. You said, 'That's an American' because there's a readiness to smile and to talk to people. -- Maya Angelou
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I am always talking about the human condition and about American society in particular: what it is like to be human, what makes us weep, what makes us fall and stumble and somehow rise and go on from darkness into darkness and that darkness carpeted. -- Maya Angelou
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Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? -- Maya Angelou
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The whites were really brutishly ignorant, blitheringly, so they killed people sometimes - just came into the African-American community and maimed people because they didn't agree with God's choice for the colors of the people's skin. -- Maya Angelou
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He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education, and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack. -- Maya Angelou
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All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unlike. -- Maya Angelou
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Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: 'I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.' -- Maya Angelou
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The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can't practice any other virtues consistently. -- Maya Angelou
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You don't want modesty, you want humility. Humility comes from inside out. It says someone was here before me and I'm here because I've been paid for. I have something to do and I will do that because I'm paying for someone else who has yet to come. -- Maya Angelou
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Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens. The other times you're just stretching your soul. -- Maya Angelou
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My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring, still. -- Maya Angelou
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When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I'll try, yes, I'll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can't do? -- Maya Angelou
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That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home. -- Maya Angelou
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We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.
We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same. -- Maya Angelou
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Poetry and music are the best at the highest level of the human mind. Out of poetry, out of their need for poetry, human beings have developed the idea of God. And so when we sing, when we dance, when we speak poetry we are speaking out of God's mouth, each other out of the music from God's heart. -- Maya Angelou
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Life sometimes gives you a second chance. -- Maya Angelou
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Miss Kirwin was that rare educator who was in love with information. I will always believe that her love of teaching came not so much from her liking for students but from her desire to make sure that some of the things she knew would find repositories so that they could be shared again. -- Maya Angelou
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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. -- Maya Angelou
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Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, 'I'm not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.' Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, 'Yes, I deserve it.' -- Maya Angelou
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The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you - black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight. -- Maya Angelou
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If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England - you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things. -- Maya Angelou
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But still, like air, I'll rise -- Maya Angelou
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Here on the pulse of this new day
You may have the grace to look up and out
And into your sister's eyes,
Into your brother's face, your country
And say simply
Very simply
With hope
Good morning. -- Maya Angelou
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I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool - and I'm not any of those - to say that I don't write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues. -- Maya Angelou
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She liberated me from a society that would have had me think of myself as the lower of the low. She liberated me to life. And from that time to this time, I have taken life by the lapels and I have said, "I'm with you, kid. -- Maya Angelou
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I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, 'No. No, I'm finished. Bye.' And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won't do that. -- Maya Angelou
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It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history. -- Maya Angelou
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To know and not to do is in fact not to know. We need to be active instruments against evil. We need to do. -- Maya Angelou
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If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. -- Maya Angelou
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I find it very difficult to let a friend or beloved go into that country of no return. I answer the heroic question, "Death, where is thy sting?" with "It is here in my heart, and my mind, and my memories. -- Maya Angelou
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Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. -- Maya Angelou
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Those who have something to say accept the fact that that's lonely. One already knows that there will be adversaries. -- Maya Angelou
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Look for the beauty in things. -- Maya Angelou
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I have heard it said that winter, too, will pass, that spring is a sign that summer is due at last. See, all we have to do is hang on. -- Maya Angelou
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Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them. -- Maya Angelou
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There is an intimate laughter to be found only among friends -- Maya Angelou
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In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons. -- Maya Angelou
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The truth is very important. No matter how negative it is, it is imperative that you learn the truth, not necessarily the facts. I mean, that, that can come, but facts can stand in front of the truth and almost obscure the truth. It is imperative that students learn the truth of our history. -- Maya Angelou
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You saw me bludgeoned by circumstance.
Lost, injured, hurt by chance.
I screamed to the heavens ... loudly screamed ...
Trying to change our nightmares into dreams ... -- Maya Angelou
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I believe that every person is born with talent. -- Maya Angelou
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At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel. -- Maya Angelou
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Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It's very clear. -- Maya Angelou
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We are only as blind as we want to be. -- Maya Angelou
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There is a kind of strength that is almost frightening in Black women. It's as if a steel rod runs right through the head down to the feet. -- Maya Angelou
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Blacks concede that hurrawing, jibing, jiving, signifying, disrespecting, cursing, even outright insults might be acceptable under particular conditions, but aspersions cast against one's family call for immediate attack. -- Maya Angelou
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Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone. -- Maya Angelou
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The public library building, in my view, is just a little lower than the church, the cathedral, the temple, the synagogue and the mosque. Within those walls and along those stacks, I have found security and assurance. -- Maya Angelou
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I should have known better than to lie to the government. People always said Uncle Sam would spend a thousand dollars to get you if you stole a three-cent stamp from him. He was more revengeful than God. I -- Maya Angelou
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Today, the first & last of every Tree/ Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River. -- Maya Angelou
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there are times when no one is right, and sometimes among family and children, no one can admit that there is no right, and that maybe at the same time there is no wrong. But in this case I was wrong and I appreciate Vivian Baxter for being big enough to accept my apology. -- Maya Angelou
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Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear. -- Maya Angelou
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I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time
that indeed it is made for the people, by the people, to the people. -- Maya Angelou
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The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams. -- Maya Angelou
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We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance -- Maya Angelou
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Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable thing in and around the child, the region's only enfranchised citizen. -- Maya Angelou
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Hope is born again in the faces of children. -- Maya Angelou
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You can never go home again, but the truth is you can never leave home, so it's all right. -- Maya Angelou
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Still I'll rise. -- Maya Angelou
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You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody. -- Maya Angelou
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Our people are in need of truth and I have tried and will continue to try to speak only truth to the people. -- Maya Angelou
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Style is as unique and nontransferable and perfectly personal as a fingerprint. It is wise to take the time to develop one's own way of being, increasing those things one does well and eliminating the elements in one's character which can hinder and diminish the good personality. -- Maya Angelou
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No one can take the place of a friend, no one. -- Maya Angelou
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I had read a Tale of Two Cities and found it up to my standards as a romantic novel. She opened the first page and I heard poetry for the first time in my life ... her voice slid in and curved down trough and over the words. She was nearly singing. -- Maya Angelou
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Girl, you're going to be all right. You haven't forgotten the essentials. You know about defending yourself. All you have to do now is remember ... sometimes you have to defend yourself from yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. -- Maya Angelou
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You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.' -- Maya Angelou
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I find in my poetry and prose the rhythms and imagery of the best - I mean, when I'm at my best - of the good Southern black preachers. The lyricism of the spirituals and the directness of gospel songs and the mystery of blues are in my music or in my poetry and prose, or I missed everything. -- Maya Angelou
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I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly I would welcome her next book. -- Maya Angelou
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If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. -- Maya Angelou
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If you have done the best you can do and if you have gotten all you could extract from something, you have given all you had to give, then the time has come when you can do no more than say thank you and move on. -- Maya Angelou
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When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. -- Maya Angelou
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Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait. -- Maya Angelou
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Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. -- Maya Angelou
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Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflicts than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity. Until -- Maya Angelou
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I want to be a good human being. I'm doing my best, and I'm working at it. -- Maya Angelou
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I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do. -- Maya Angelou
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I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I'm praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I'm grateful that I'm heard. -- Maya Angelou
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Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.
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. -- Maya Angelou
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Just like moons and suns, With certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. -- Maya Angelou
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You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies.
You may trod me in the very dirt, but still like dust, I'll rise. -- Maya Angelou
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We can only know where we're going if we know where we've been. -- Maya Angelou
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It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning. -- Maya Angelou
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I made the decision to quit show business. Give up the skintight dresses and manicured smiles. The false concern over sentimental lyrics. I would never again work to make people smile inanely and would take on the responsibility of making them think. -- Maya Angelou
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Cotton rows crisscross the world
And dead-tired nights of yearning
Thunderbolts on leather strops
And all my body burning
Sugar cane reach up to God
And every baby crying
Shame a blanket of my night
And all my days are dying -- Maya Angelou
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Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. -- Maya Angelou
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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. -- Maya Angelou
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I want to be representative of my race-the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be ... -- Maya Angelou
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It's wonderful that whenever Patsy Cline's name is mentioned, people's voices fall and they become right sentimental. And, rightly so. -- Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. -- Maya Angelou
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Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. We need hours of aimless wandering or spates of time sitting on park benches, observing the mysterious world of ants and the canopy of treetops. -- Maya Angelou
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It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. -- Maya Angelou
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It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different. -- Maya Angelou
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I created myself. I have taught myself so much. -- Maya Angelou
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Let choice whisper in your ear and love murmur in your heart. Be ready. Here comes life. -- Maya Angelou
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I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate. -- Maya Angelou
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Achievement brings its own anticlimax. -- Maya Angelou
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Achievement brings it own anticlimax. -- Maya Angelou
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under my eye, but not my thumb. -- Maya Angelou
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There have been people in my life who meant me well, taught me valuable lessons, and others who have meant me ill and have given me ample notification that my world is not meant to be all peaches and cream. -- Maya Angelou
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You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, 'I'm a representative.' -- Maya Angelou
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And I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can't ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won't stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you'd be surprised that people say, "Can I be of help?" -- Maya Angelou
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Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else. -- Maya Angelou
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When we cast our bread upon the waters we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from the grantor's gift. -- Maya Angelou
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You can't get too high for somebody to bring you down. -- Maya Angelou
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I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it. I -- Maya Angelou
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First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love. -- Maya Angelou
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They may have forgotten how badly they treated you, or they may pretend that they have forgotten. But watch: They will come back to you. -- Maya Angelou
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All riddles are blues, / And all blues are sad, / And I'm only mentioning / Some blues I've had. -- Maya Angelou
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I found it hard to think of leaving my books. They had been my elevators out of the midden, and to whom could I entrust such close friends? The -- Maya Angelou
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My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me - to a lot of people. -- Maya Angelou
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I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place. -- Maya Angelou
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The fog wasn't simply the steamy vapors off the bay caught and penned in by hills, but a soft breath of anonymity that shrouded and cushioned the bashful traveler. -- Maya Angelou
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There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. -- Maya Angelou
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If you know that youth is dying on the run and my daughter trades dope stories with your son we'd better see what all our fearing and our jeering and our crying and our lying brought about. Take Time Out. -- Maya Angelou
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A black person grows up in this country - and in many places - knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone. -- Maya Angelou
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Only equals make friends, every other relationship is contrived and off balance. -- Maya Angelou
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At our best, we're all teachers -- Maya Angelou
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If God put the rainbows right in the clouds themselves, each one of us in the direst and dullest and most dreaded and dreary moments can see a possibility of hope ... Each one of us has the chance to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud. -- Maya Angelou
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Don't do anything that you think is wrong. Just do what you think is right, and then be ready to back it up even with your life. -- Maya Angelou
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When teachers or people in authority put me down or in one way or another tried to make me feel less than equal to what they thought I should be - my mother was on my side. It was amazing. -- Maya Angelou
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We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives. -- Maya Angelou
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I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being. -- Maya Angelou
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I couldn't tell fact from fiction,
Or if the dream was true
My only sure prediction
In this world was you.
I'd touch your features inchly. Beard love and dared the cost, The sented spiel reeled me unreal And I found my senses lost. -- Maya Angelou
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Whenever something went wrong when I was young - if I had a pimple or if my hair broke - my mom would say, 'Sister mine, I'm going to make you some soup.' And I really thought the soup would make my pimple go away or my hair stronger. -- Maya Angelou
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Take the blinders from your vision take the padding from your ears and confess you've heard me crying and admit you've seen my tears. -- Maya Angelou
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We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay - and rise! -- Maya Angelou
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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. -- Maya Angelou
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Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem. -- Maya Angelou
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If somebody is really trying to take your head off with a baseball bat - I don't know how long you're supposed to stand there and turn the other cheek, so he or she can get a better angle at taking your head off. -- Maya Angelou
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Be courageous, but not foolhardy. Walk proud as you are. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm a feminist. I've been a female for a long time now. It'd be stupid not to be on my own side. -- Maya Angelou
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Love builds up the broken wall and straightens the crooked path.
Love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides.
Each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was created for it -- Maya Angelou
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Mother's life flowed radiant. Flourescent-tipped waves on incoming tides. -- Maya Angelou
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Try to be all you can be to be the best human being you can be. Try to be that in your church, in your temple. Try to be that in your classroom. Do it because it is right to do. -- Maya Angelou
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I know some people might think it odd - unworthy even - for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people's poet so I write for the people. -- Maya Angelou
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Being free is being able to accept people for what they are, and not try to understand all they are or be what they are. -- Maya Angelou
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Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That's the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don't grow up. -- Maya Angelou
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Hanging softly over the black Singer sewing machine, it looked like magic, and when people saw me wearing it they were going to run up to me and say, "Marguerite, forgive us, please, we didn't know who you were," and I would answer generously, "No, you couldn't have known. Of course I forgive you. -- Maya Angelou
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Modesty is a learned affectation. It's no good. Humility is great, because humility says, 'There was someone before me. I'm following in somebody's footsteps.' -- Maya Angelou
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Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love? -- Maya Angelou
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The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. -- Maya Angelou
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. -- Maya Angelou
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Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say, 'That's life.' -- Maya Angelou
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Like most children, I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it. -- Maya Angelou
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Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better. -- Maya Angelou
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The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world. -- Maya Angelou
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Time itself is an individual gift. It is wise to cherish it carefully and give it away generously. -- Maya Angelou
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The"b" word and the "n" word are like poison, whether you take poison from a vial or pour it into Bavarian crystal, it is still poison. -- Maya Angelou
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There are those who say that poets should use her and his art to change the world. I'd agree with that, but I think everybody should do that. I think the chef and the baker and the candlestick maker - I think everybody should be hoping to make it a better world. -- Maya Angelou
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Jealousy is conceived only in insecurity and must be nourished in fear. -- Maya Angelou
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Be the best of anything you get into. If you want to be a whore, it's your life. Be a damn good one. Don't chippy at anything. Anything worth having is worth working for.'
It was her version of Polonius' speech to Laertes. With that wisdom in my pouch, I was to go out and buy my future. -- Maya Angelou
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You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich. But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful
don't underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer. -- Maya Angelou
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We are not our brother's keeper we are our brother and we are our sister. We must look past complexion and see community. -- Maya Angelou
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I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I'm a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself - all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve. -- Maya Angelou
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The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story ... -- Maya Angelou
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I was going to look like one of the sweet little white girls who were everybody's dream of what was right with the world. -- Maya Angelou
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Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong. -- Maya Angelou
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Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind. -- Maya Angelou
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When I try to describe myself to God I say, "Lord, remember me? Black? Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?" And I almost always get God's attention. -- Maya Angelou
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If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up
lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well. -- Maya Angelou
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I write because I am a Black woman, listening attentively to her people. -- Maya Angelou
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It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm very, very serious - I'm serious enough not to take myself too seriously. That means I can be completely wedded to the moment. But when I leave that moment, I want to be completely wedded to the next moment. -- Maya Angelou
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We grow despite the horror that we feed upon our own tomorrow. We grow. -- Maya Angelou
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The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear. -- Maya Angelou
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No one has ever become poor from giving. -- Maya Angelou
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Step off the road. Build yourself a brand new path. -- Maya Angelou
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Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication. -- Maya Angelou
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I come as one, but stand as 10,000. -- Maya Angelou
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Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise. -- Maya Angelou
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We are missing Michael.
But we do know we had him, and we are the world. -- Maya Angelou
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He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his. -- Maya Angelou
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The epitome of sophistication is utter simplicity. -- Maya Angelou
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Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery. -- Maya Angelou
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To become wondrously successful and to sustain that success in any profession, one must be willing to relinquish many pleasures and be ready to postpone gratification. -- Maya Angelou
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Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. -- Maya Angelou
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Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot. -- Maya Angelou
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I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. -- Maya Angelou
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It is imperative that a woman keep her sense of humor intact and at the ready. She must see, even if only in secret, that she is the funniest, looniest woman in her world, which she should also see as being the most absurd world of all times. -- Maya Angelou
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I went further than forgiving the clerk, I accepted her as a fellow victim of the same puppeteer. On -- Maya Angelou
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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you. -- Maya Angelou
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I like to go back and read poems that I wrote fifty years ago, twenty years ago, and sometimes they surprise me - I didn't know I knew that then. Or maybe I didn't know it then, and I know more now. -- Maya Angelou
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You might encounter defeats but you must never be defeated ... Love a lot. Laugh a lot at the silliest things and be very serious ... love life. -- Maya Angelou
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The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance. -- Maya Angelou
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I always felt, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. -- Maya Angelou
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I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me. -- Maya Angelou
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I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it's lasting me very well. -- Maya Angelou
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Poetry is music written for the human voice. -- Maya Angelou
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I speak to the Black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition
about what we can endure, dream, fail at and survive. -- Maya Angelou
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I also wear a hat or a very tightly pulled head tie when I write. I suppose I hope by doing that I will keep my brains from seeping out of my scalp and running in great gray blobs down my neck, into my ears, and over my face. -- Maya Angelou
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One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it. -- Maya Angelou
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When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon - all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different. -- Maya Angelou
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Original thinking migrates each day in search of nourishment. -- Maya Angelou
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I think I have had so much blessing - I've had my brother, who was brilliant - I think my family came closest to making a genius when they made my brother - Bailey was just all of that. He loved me. -- Maya Angelou
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I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'. -- Maya Angelou
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Of course I could drive. Idiots and lunatics drove cars. Why not the brilliant Marguerite Johnson? -- Maya Angelou
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we drove up to the three-shaded house, -- Maya Angelou
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats ... -- Maya Angelou
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The woman who truly intends to live a good life is already living phenomenally since intent is part of the achievement. -- Maya Angelou
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Just as hope rings through laughter, it can also shine through tears. -- Maya Angelou
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The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US - in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump, shout and go to school somehow. Their optimism gives me hope. -- Maya Angelou
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Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, 'Children's Letters to God.' You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, 'Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.' -- Maya Angelou
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In a magazine, one can get - from cover to cover - 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it. -- Maya Angelou
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Laugh ... It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself and one's fellow human beings. -- Maya Angelou
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I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. -- Maya Angelou
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The customs are as formalised as an eighteenth-century minuet, and a child at the race's knee learns the moves and twirls by osmosis and observation. -- Maya Angelou
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You're not serious; you're boring as hell. -- Maya Angelou
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One of the problems we have as writers is we don't take ourselves seriously while writing; being serious is setting aside a time and saying if it comes, good; if it doesn't come, good, I'll just sit here. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody. -- Maya Angelou
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Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that. -- Maya Angelou
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It's still scary every time I go back to the past. Each morning, my heart catches. When I get there, I remember how the light was, where the draft was coming from, what odors were in the air. When I write, I get all the weeping out. -- Maya Angelou
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I've learned that forgiving is one of the greatest gifts that I can give myself. -- Maya Angelou
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Because of technological breakthroughs, the society will need fewer and fewer unskilled laborers. -- Maya Angelou
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No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn. -- Maya Angelou
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We will sometimes have defeats in life but you can have defeats without being defeated, you could fail without being a failure. When you see failure and defeats as merely part of the process to get to when. -- Maya Angelou
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The saying that people who have nothing to do become busybodies is not the only truth. Excitement is a drug, and people whose lives are filled with violence are always wondering where the next 'fix' is coming from. -- Maya Angelou
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Every person under the sound of my voice is a soldier. You are either fighting for your freedom or betraying the fight for freedom or enlisted in the army to deny somebody else freedom. - Malcom X -- Maya Angelou
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The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart. -- Maya Angelou
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I find relief from the questions only when I concede that I am not obliged to know everything. I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true. -- Maya Angelou
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It is important that we learn humility, which says there was someone else before me who paid for me. My responsibility is to prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who is yet to come. -- Maya Angelou
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Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible. -- Maya Angelou
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Raising kids is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. -- Maya Angelou
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Reality has changed chameleonlike before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust almost anything except what appears to be so. -- Maya Angelou
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[Librarians] study their field with as much determination and as much delight as open-heart surgeons. -- Maya Angelou
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I met that lovely Detroit lady and thought my time had come But just before I said "I do" I said "I got to run" and started to Pickin em up and layin em down, Pickin em up and layin em down, Pickin em up and layin em down, gettin to the next town Baby. -- Maya Angelou
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We need much less than we think we need. -- Maya Angelou
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America was aptly described by George Bernard Shaw, who said that it was 'the only country which had gone from barbarism to decadence without once passing through civilization.' Guy -- Maya Angelou
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We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do. -- Maya Angelou
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I certainly do not adore the writer's discipline. I have lost lovers, endangered friendships, and blundered into eccentricity, impelled by a concentration which usually is to be found only in the minds of people about to be executed in the next half hour. -- Maya Angelou
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Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that's all. So we direct our values to material things. -- Maya Angelou
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When things were very bad his soul just crawled behind his heart and curled up and went to sleep -- Maya Angelou
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Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you. -- Maya Angelou
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Youthful cynicism is sad to observe, because it indicates not so much knowledge learned from bitter experiences as insufficient trust even to attempt the future. -- Maya Angelou
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Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good. -- Maya Angelou
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It is better to control oneself, if one can, and not hit back. But on certain occasions, it is imperative to defend oneself. I don't think it's fair to ask anybody not to defend herself or himself. -- Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. -- Maya Angelou
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In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment. -- Maya Angelou
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I believe everything is energy. I believe that the meal you serve yourself, you prepare, is energy. And if you serve it to your family, it's your gift of energy to them. -- Maya Angelou
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Love heals. Heals and liberates. I use the word love, not meaning sentimentality, but a condition so strong that it may be that which holds the stars in their heavenly positions and that which causes the blood to flow orderly in our veins. -- Maya Angelou
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Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. -- Maya Angelou
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Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others. -- Maya Angelou
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I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. -- Maya Angelou
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She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy. -- Maya Angelou
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I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm always disappointed when people don't live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change. -- Maya Angelou
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That knowledge humbles me, melts my bones, closes my ears, and makes my teeth rock loosely in their gums. And it also liberates me. I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation. -- Maya Angelou
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Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between. -- Maya Angelou
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One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can't swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it's what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance. -- Maya Angelou
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I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings. -- Maya Angelou
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In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. -- Maya Angelou
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Ignorance is a terrible thing. It causes families to lose their center and causes people to lose their control. Ignorance knows no binds. Old people, young people, middle-aged, black, white, can all be ignorant. -- Maya Angelou
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What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain. -- Maya Angelou
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Water isn't shaped like a river or ocean; it mists invisibly against metal and glass -- Maya Angelou
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It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it. -- Maya Angelou
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Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls. -- Maya Angelou
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If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape -- Maya Angelou
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A Conceit
Give me your hand
Make room for me
to lead and follow
you
beyond this rage of poetry.
Let others have
the privacy of
touching words
and love of loss
of love.
For me
Give me your hand. -- Maya Angelou
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Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. -- Maya Angelou
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In order to avoid this bitter end, we would all have to be born again, and born with the knowledge of alternatives. Even then? -- Maya Angelou
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I want you to learn that you cannot have anything without working for it. The only way you can be taken advantage of is if you think you can get something for nothing. -- Maya Angelou
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Everyone grows old but not everyone grows up. -- Maya Angelou
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Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness. -- Maya Angelou
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Eating is so intimate. It's very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you're inviting a person into your life. -- Maya Angelou
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Let nothing dim the light that shines from within -- Maya Angelou
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The love of the family, the love of one person, can heal. It heals the scars left by society. A massive, powerful society. -- Maya Angelou
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Hadn't I, always, but ever and ever, thought that life was just one great risk for the living? -- Maya Angelou
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I keep on dying, Because I love to live -- Maya Angelou
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Having courage does not mean we are unafraid. -- Maya Angelou
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If funkytown was a trailerpark, this guy would be a double-wide. -- Maya Angelou
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Life loves the liver of it. -- Maya Angelou
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But the Russian writers would be packed away in mothballs and stored in our basement. I would savor the idea of Dostoevsky's, Tolstoy's and Gorki's volumes molding in the dank cellar, wisps of camphor and odors of wet earth floating above them. I -- Maya Angelou
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Still, when it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds. -- Maya Angelou
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If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first. -- Maya Angelou
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You don't have to tell everything you know, but let what you do say be the truth as you understand it. -- Maya Angelou
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I do not think of myself as unusually creative. I think we all come from the creator, each human being streaming with the glory. So each one of us is creative. -- Maya Angelou
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In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.
In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. -- Maya Angelou
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I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English. -- Maya Angelou
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There is an amazing something in the American psyche which speaks about courage, and it says, 'Yes I can,' ... Yes, we will overcome it all because we have the spirit to do so. -- Maya Angelou
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I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music. -- Maya Angelou
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I looked up the way I was going and back the way I come and since I wasn't satisfied I stepped off and [found] me a new path. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm a serious aficionada of country music - Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry. I've even written some songs. They haven't done anything of mine yet. But it's only a matter of time. -- Maya Angelou
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If you happen to fall in love with someone in another race, it's more difficult, because you have to translate yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. -- Maya Angelou
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Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse. -- Maya Angelou
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For a person who grew up in the '30s and '40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, 'Here I am, read me.' Over time I have learned I am at my best around books. -- Maya Angelou
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The child gives, because the body can, and the mind of the violator cannot. -- Maya Angelou
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You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. -- Maya Angelou
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I know something better is on the road for me. -- Maya Angelou
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Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are
cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes. -- Maya Angelou
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If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent. -- Maya Angelou
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He was away in a mystery, locked in the enigma that young Southern Black boys start to unravel, start to try to unravel, from seven years old to death. The humorless puzzle of inequality and hate. -- Maya Angelou
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You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it. -- Maya Angelou
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I sustain myself with the love of family. -- Maya Angelou
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I became the kind of parent my mother was to me. -- Maya Angelou
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It seemed terribly unfair to have a toothache and a headache and have to bear at the same time the heavy burden of Blackness. -- Maya Angelou
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Although I had no regrets, I told myself sadly that growing up was not the painless process one would have thought it to be. -- Maya Angelou
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Had I not had my grandmother, who dared to be my rainbow in the clouds, I would have been just another sexually abused barefoot black girl on the roads of Arkansas. -- Maya Angelou
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Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency -- Maya Angelou
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The nice thing about HOPE is that you can give it to someone else, someone who needs it even more than you do, and you will find you have not given yours away at all. -- Maya Angelou
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The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are. -- Maya Angelou
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Listen carefully to what country people called mother wit. That in those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations. When -- Maya Angelou
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Some decide that happiness and glee are the same thing, they are not. When we choose happiness we accept the responsibility to lighten the load of someone else and to be a light on the path of another who may be walking in darkness. -- Maya Angelou
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I read the Bible to myself; I'll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is. -- Maya Angelou
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Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything. -- Maya Angelou
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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities. -- Maya Angelou
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Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon. -- Maya Angelou
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Hell, girl, everybody feels sorry for you, but nobody owes you a damn thing. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm young as morning
and fresh as dew.
Everybody loves me
and so do you. -- Maya Angelou
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You forgive yourself for every failure because you are trying to do the right thing. God knows that and you know it. Nobody else may know it. -- Maya Angelou
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There are some nights when sleep plays coy, aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles that I employ to win its service to my side are useless as wounded pride, and much more painful. -- Maya Angelou
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The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free. -- Maya Angelou
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The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. -- Maya Angelou
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When younger writers and poets, musicians and painters are weakened by a stemming of funds, they come to me saddened, not as full of dreams and excitement and ideas. I am then weakened and diminished, and made less rich. -- Maya Angelou
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Shelter Network's programs and services are a rainbow in the clouds for homeless children and adults. -- Maya Angelou
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We can be better, we can be wiser, we can be more kind. Yes we have to change. We have to grow up and stop acting like 10 years old. Yes there is much to do, much to see, much to go into. -- Maya Angelou
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I think that that's the wisest thing - to prevent illness before we try to cure something. -- Maya Angelou
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We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men ... We are who we are because they were who they were. It's wise to know where you come from, who called your name. -- Maya Angelou
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We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. -- Maya Angelou
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Miss Glory went on to say that the doctor had taken all her lady organs. I reasoned that a pig organ's included the lungs, heart, and liver, so if Mrs. Cullinan was walking around without those essentials, it explained why she drank alcohol out of unmarked bottles. She was keeping herself embalmed. -- Maya Angelou
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Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake. -- Maya Angelou
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The city became for me the ideal of what I wanted to be as a grown-up. Friendly, but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm a positive thinker and actor. I look at a glass; a negative person sees the glass and says: too bad it's half empty ... I look at the same glass and say: Hallelujah!! It's half full!!! -- Maya Angelou
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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 -- Maya Angelou
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I've conducted the Boston Pops! Imagine that! Me! Maya Angelou! I've sang and danced at La Scala! -- Maya Angelou
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Drinks on the closed-in porch. The exactness of her -- Maya Angelou
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At our best, we are all teachers -- Maya Angelou
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We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. -- Maya Angelou
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You can call for the cook, call for the baker, you may as well call for the undertaker. -- Maya Angelou
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I have learned to accept my responsibility and to forgive myself first, then to apologise to anyone injured by my misreckoning. -- Maya Angelou
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Don't let the man bring you down. -- Maya Angelou
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When you do nothing you feel overwhelmed and powerless. But when you get involved you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes from knowing you are working to make things better. -- Maya Angelou
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I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings. -- Maya Angelou
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I think music is one of the hero/sheroes of the African-American existence. -- Maya Angelou
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Courage - you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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I might have it at six-fifteen a.m. just as soon as I get in, but usually it's about eleven o'clock when I'll have a glass of sherry. -- Maya Angelou
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Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it. -- Maya Angelou
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It's amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing, I can do it. That's why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I'm amazed at it. I'm grateful for it. -- Maya Angelou
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I decided I wouldn't pee on her if her heart was on fire. -- Maya Angelou
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Childhood's logic never asks to be proved (all conclusions are absolute). -- Maya Angelou
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I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies. -- Maya Angelou
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I've read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of 'You Can't Go Home Again' and 'Look Homeward, Angel.' -- Maya Angelou
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Living well is an art which can be developed. -- Maya Angelou
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You see, baby, you have to protect yourself. If you don't protect yourself, you look like a fool asking somebody else to protect you. I thought about that for a second. She was right. A woman needs to support herself before she asks anyone else to support her. -- Maya Angelou
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Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. -- Maya Angelou
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And my seven-year-old world humpty-dumptied, never to be put back together again. -- Maya Angelou
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Lovers think quite different thoughts
while lying side by side. -- Maya Angelou
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Poetry gave me back my voice. -- Maya Angelou
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Nothing's wrong with going to jail for something you believe in. Remember, jail was made for people. Not horses. -- Maya Angelou
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If one was dying, it had to be done in style if the dying took place in whitefolks' part of town. On -- Maya Angelou
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While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of mans humanity to a man. -- Maya Angelou
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Every day offers you 10,000 reasons to cry, but if you can find just one reason to laugh then you will be all right. -- Maya Angelou
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I was raped when I was very young. I told my brother the name of the person who had done it. Within a few days the man was killed. In my child's mind
seven and a half years old
I thought my voice had killed him. So I stopped talking for five years. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim. -- Maya Angelou
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I hope you always find a reason to smile -- Maya Angelou
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Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up. -- Maya Angelou
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The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor and style. -- Maya Angelou
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Anyone of us can be a rainbow in somebody's clouds. I want the University of Cincinnati to be a rainbow in the clouds. The University of Cincinnati is really a possibility of hope; it is a rainbow. -- Maya Angelou
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Courage, I don't think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That's not courage. -- Maya Angelou
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The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. -- Maya Angelou
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It was a little light, but she aimed it directly at the gloom of ignorance. -- Maya Angelou
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Sometimes guns really matter. Protecting those who need protection - children, women, minorities in rough parts of town, old folks living in places where cops aren't nearby. Guns are true empowerment for the powerless. -- Maya Angelou
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Modesty is a learned adaptation. It's stuck on like decals. As soon as life slams a modest person against the wall, that modesty will fall off faster than a G-string will fall off a stripper. -- Maya Angelou
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I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water. -- Maya Angelou
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Effective action is always unjust. -- Maya Angelou
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Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you're the funniest person you've ever heard of. -- Maya Angelou
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If you're serious, you really understand that it's important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you're the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you're funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity. -- Maya Angelou
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When you learn, teach, -- Maya Angelou
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A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally. -- Maya Angelou
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The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free. -- Maya Angelou
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When I walk in, they may like me or dislike me, but everybody knows I'm here -- Maya Angelou
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I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. -- Maya Angelou
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I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother. -- Maya Angelou
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I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. -- Maya Angelou
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Each time a dancer moves devoutly or a composer faithfully searches the silence for the veiled melodies, eternity is engaged. -- Maya Angelou
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We agreed that great men and women should be forced to live as long as possible. The reverence they enjoyed was a life sentence, which they could neither revoke nor modify. -- Maya Angelou
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My encouragement to you is to go tomorrow to the library. -- Maya Angelou
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Remember if you decide for the Army, I'll support you. If you decide to be a whore, all I can say is, be the best. Don't be a funky chippy. Go with class.' She -- Maya Angelou
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The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change. -- Maya Angelou
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A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim. -- Maya Angelou
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We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. -- Maya Angelou
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Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I'd listen to Italian music. -- Maya Angelou
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I washed walls, polished door knobs and the tiny window. The scales and stench of defeat floated into the pail's dirty water. The -- Maya Angelou
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The knowledge that we had the power to upset that goddess made us look at each other conspiratorially and smile. It also made her human. -- Maya Angelou
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You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. -- Maya Angelou
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I agree with Balzac and 19th-century writers, black and white, who say, 'I write for money.' Yes, I think everybody should be paid handsomely; I insist on it, and I pay people who work for me, or with me, handsomely. -- Maya Angelou
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Strong women- precious jewels all- their humanness is evident in their accessibility. We are able to enter into the spirit of these women and rejoice in their warmth and courage. -- Maya Angelou
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How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times. -- Maya Angelou
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Life was cheap and death entirely free. -- Maya Angelou
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We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. -- Maya Angelou
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Sometimes you have to defend yourself from yourself. When -- Maya Angelou
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The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. -- Maya Angelou
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It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. -- Maya Angelou
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Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities. -- Maya Angelou
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It was the awakening summer of 1960 and the entire country was in labor. Something wonderful was about to be born, and we were all going to be good parents to the welcome child. Its name was Freedom. Then, -- Maya Angelou
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Love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
A Brave and Startling Truth. -- Maya Angelou
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The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom. -- Maya Angelou
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When someone shows you who they are, the first time, believe them Maya Angelou -- Maya Angelou
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I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But I like - if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them. -- Maya Angelou
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Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet. -- Maya Angelou
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Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. -- Maya Angelou
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Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. -- Maya Angelou
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Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself. -- Maya Angelou
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It's very hard for adults to maintain respect and romance so that a love affair can be sustained over years. -- Maya Angelou
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Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. -- Maya Angelou
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My heart is so heavy when I see the reality of the Indian reservation and as an American, I know I am, too, responsible. -- Maya Angelou
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Change everything you don't like about your life. But when you come to a thing you can't change, then change the way you think about it. You'll see it new, and maybe a new way to change it. The -- Maya Angelou
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No human being can be more human than another human being. I liberate you from my ignorance. -- Maya Angelou
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I've always written. There's a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother's papers were destroyed. I'd written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then. -- Maya Angelou
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I don't think modesty is a very good virtue, if it is a virtue at all. A modest person will drop the modesty in a minute. It's a learned affectation. -- Maya Angelou
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I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. -- Maya Angelou
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If you do not like anything, alter it. If you can not change it, adjust your mindset. Will not complain. -- Maya Angelou
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When was the last time anyone ever told you how important you are? -- Maya Angelou
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I have found that the platonic affection
in friendships and familial
love for children can be relied upon
with certainty to lift the bruised soul
and repair the wounded spirit -- Maya Angelou
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Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it. -- Maya Angelou
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The Black woman in the South who raises sons, grandsons and nephews had her heartstrings tied to a hanging noose. Any break from routine may herald for them unbearable news. -- Maya Angelou
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No,nobody but nobody can make it out her alone. -- Maya Angelou
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I love you, Mom. Maybe now you'll have a chance to grow up. A -- Maya Angelou
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Don't kneel please. Sometimes people put people on pedestals so they can see them more clearly and knock them off more easily -- Maya Angelou
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A mother's love liberates. -- Maya Angelou
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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. -- Maya Angelou
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The naturally lonely person does not look for comfort in love, but accepts the variables as due course. -- Maya Angelou
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Later he explained that when a person is beating you you should scream as loud as possible; maybe the whipper will become embarrassed or else some sympathetic soul might come to your rescue. -- Maya Angelou
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I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do. -- Maya Angelou
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When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter and better. -- Maya Angelou
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My grandmother told me that every good thing I do helps some human being in the world. I believed her 50 years ago and still do. -- Maya Angelou
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I was always yours to have.
You were always mine.
We have loved each other in and out of time. -- Maya Angelou
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A person must make the effort to learn, and growing is the inevitable reward of learning. He -- Maya Angelou
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If I wanted to write, I had to be willing to develop a kind of concentration found mostly in people awaiting execution. I had to learn technique and surrender my ignorance. John -- Maya Angelou
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I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me. -- Maya Angelou
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To be allowed, no, invited into the private lives of strangers, and to share their joys and fears, was a chance to exchange the Southern bitter wormwood for a cup of mead with Beowulf or a hot cup of tea and milk with Oliver Twist. -- Maya Angelou
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I wish we could stop the little lies. I don't mean that one has to be brutally frank. I don't believe that we should be brutal about anything, however, it is wonderfully liberating to be honest. One does not have to tell all that one knows, but we should be careful what we say is the truth. -- Maya Angelou
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Laugh as much as you can. -- Maya Angelou
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I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating. -- Maya Angelou
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Can I do it? I'd rather not try and fail.
That's stupid talk Maya. Every try will not succeed. But if you're going to live, live at all, your business is trying ... You fail, you get up and try again. -- Maya Angelou
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Exchange love for hate ... Thereby, making the present comfortable and the future promising. -- Maya Angelou
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On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden. -- Maya Angelou
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Life offers us tickets to places which we have not knowingly asked for. -- Maya Angelou
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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning. -- Maya Angelou
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I wouldn't trade anything for my story now. -- Maya Angelou
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The area where we are the greatest is the area in which we inspire, encourage and connect with another human being. -- Maya Angelou
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Love liberates. It doesn't just hold, that's ego. Love liberates. -- Maya Angelou
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Will I be less dead because I wrote this poem or you more because you read it long years hence. -- Maya Angelou
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My mind struck a truth as an elbow can strike a table edge. -- Maya Angelou
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Everything costs and costs the earth. -- Maya Angelou
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The weight of appreciation and the threat, which was never spoken, of a return to Momma were burdens that clogged my childish wits into impassivity. -- Maya Angelou
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In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me. -- Maya Angelou
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It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. -- Maya Angelou
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We are loved by Love itself. There is nothing good that we can't do. -- Maya Angelou
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You find the path by walking it. -- Maya Angelou
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we were right-handed into a dully furnished living room. L.D. -- Maya Angelou
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I am a child of God. I always carry that with me. -- Maya Angelou
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Moderation in all things. And even moderation in moderation. Don't get too much moderation, you know? -- Maya Angelou
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Trust your brain to suggest a solution, then have the courage to follow through. -- Maya Angelou
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Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight. -- Maya Angelou
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The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama's entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly. -- Maya Angelou
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All information belongs to everybody all the time. It should be available. It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone. It should be open. -- Maya Angelou
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I am the dream and the hope of the slave. -- Maya Angelou
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Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations. -- Maya Angelou
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The most important thing is to DARE. -- Maya Angelou
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This a a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before. -- Maya Angelou
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Then go to my room where solitude gaped whale-jawed wide to swallow me entire. -- Maya Angelou
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Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. -- Maya Angelou
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I know that I've been guided by God. I am obedient. -- Maya Angelou
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To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents -- Maya Angelou
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People are too busy putting things under microscopes and so forth. Creativity is greater than the sum of its parts. -- Maya Angelou
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You want me to do something ... tell me I can't do it. -- Maya Angelou
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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. -- Maya Angelou
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You build your 'COURAGE MUSCLE' daily, by being courageous in little things. Just do right..