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

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2. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”

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Author : Maya Angelou

3. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

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4. “There were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining. 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.”

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5. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

6. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

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7. “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”

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8. “To those who are given much, much is expected.”

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9. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

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10. “Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

11. “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

12. “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.”

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13. “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”

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14. “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”

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15. “When Great Trees FallWhen great trees fall,rocks on distant hills shudder,lions hunker downin tall grasses,and even elephantslumber after safety.When great trees fallin forests,small things recoil into silence,their senseseroded beyond fear.When great souls die,the air around us becomeslight, rare, sterile.We breathe, briefly.Our eyes, briefly,see witha hurtful clarity.Our memory, suddenly sharpened,examines,gnaws on kind wordsunsaid,promised walksnever taken.Great souls die andour reality, bound tothem, takes leave of us.Our souls,dependent upon theirnurture,now shrink, wizened.Our minds, formedand informed by theirradiance,fall away.We are not so much maddenedas reduced to the unutterable ignoranceof dark, coldcaves.And when great souls die,after a period peace blooms,slowly and alwaysirregularly. Spaces fillwith a kind ofsoothing electric vibration.Our senses, restored, neverto be the same, whisper to us.They existed. They existed.We can be. Be and bebetter. For they existed.”

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16. “You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

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17. “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.”

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18. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.(Popular misquote of "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.")”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

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

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

20. “If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.”

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21. “Let's tell the truth to people. When people ask, 'How are you?' have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avaoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don't want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

22. “Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

23. “While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of mans humanity to a man.”

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24. “The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

25. “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

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26. “His day is done.Is done.The news came on the wings of a wind, reluctant to carry its burden.Nelson Mandela’s day is done.The news, expected and still unwelcome, reached us in the United States, and suddenly our world became somber.Our skies were leadened.His day is done.We see you, South African people standing speechless at the slamming of that final door through which no traveller returns.Our spirits reach out to you Bantu, Zulu, Xhosa, Boer.We think of you and your son of Africa, your father, your one more wonder of the world.We send our souls to you as you reflect upon your David armed with a mere stone, facing down the mighty Goliath.Your man of strength, Gideon, emerging triumphant.Although born into the brutal embrace of Apartheid, scarred by the savage atmosphere of racism, unjustly imprisoned in the bloody maws of South African dungeons.Would the man survive? Could the man survive?His answer strengthened men and women around the world.In the Alamo, in San Antonio, Texas, on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, in Chicago’s Loop, in New Orleans Mardi Gras, in New York City’s Times Square, we watched as the hope of Africa sprang through the prison’s doors.His stupendous heart intact, his gargantuan will hale and hearty.He had not been crippled by brutes, nor was his passion for the rights of human beings diminished by twenty-seven years of imprisonment.Even here in America, we felt the cool, refreshing breeze of freedom.When Nelson Mandela took the seat of Presidency in his country where formerly he was not even allowed to vote we were enlarged by tears of pride, as we saw Nelson Mandela’s former prison guards invited, courteously, by him to watch from the front rows his inauguration.We saw him accept the world’s award in Norway with the grace and gratitude of the Solon in Ancient Roman Courts, and the confidence of African Chiefs from ancient royal stools.No sun outlasts its sunset, but it will rise again and bring the dawn.Yes, Mandela’s day is done, yet we, his inheritors, will open the gates wider for reconciliation, and we will respond generously to the cries of Blacks and Whites, Asians, Hispanics, the poor who live piteously on the floor of our planet.He has offered us understanding.We will not withhold forgiveness even from those who do not ask.Nelson Mandela’s day is done, we confess it in tearful voices, yet we lift our own to say thank you.Thank you our Gideon, thank you our David, our great courageous man.We will not forget you, we will not dishonor you, we will remember and be glad that you lived among us, that you taught us, and that you loved us all.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : His Day Is Done: A Nelson Mandela Tribute

27. “I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.”

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28. “While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”

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29. “How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

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30. “I am the dream and the hope of the slave.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Complete Collected Poems

31. “~We may encounter many defeats but we must NOT be defeated~”

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32. “I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.”

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33. “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.”

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Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

34. “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.”

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Source : Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

35. “Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”

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36. “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

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37. “When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.”

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38. “Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.”

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39. “It’s the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I’m a woman Phenomenally.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

40. “Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.”

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41. “I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.”

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42. “Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”

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43. “I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

44. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

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45. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”

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46. “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.”

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47. “Caged BirdA free bird leaps on the back of the windand floats downstream till the current endsand dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.But a bird that stalks down his narrow cagecan seldom see through his bars of ragehis wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird sings with a fearful trillof things unknown but longed for stilland his tune is heard on the distant hillfor the caged bird sings of freedom.The free bird thinks of another breezeand the trade winds soft through the sighing treesand the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreamshis shadow shouts on a nightmare screamhis wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird sings with a fearful trillof things unknown but longed for stilland his tune is heard on the distant hillfor the caged bird sings of freedom.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Complete Collected Poems

48. “We, unaccustomed to courageexiles from delightlive coiled in shells of lonelinessuntil love leaves its high holy templeand comes into our sightto liberate us into life.Love arrivesand in its train come ecstasiesold memories of pleasureancient histories of pain.Yet if we are bold,love strikes away the chains of fearfrom our souls.We are weaned from our timidityIn the flush of love's lightwe dare be braveAnd suddenly we seethat love costs all we areand will ever be.Yet it is only lovewhich sets us free.”

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49. “Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

50. “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”

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51. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”

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52. “I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' 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. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”

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Author : Maya Angelou

53. “I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

54. “All great achievements require time.”

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55. “There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”

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56. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

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57. “Out of the huts of history's shameI riseUp from a past that's rooted in painI riseI'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.Leaving behind nights of terror and fearI riseInto a daybreak that's wondrously clearI riseBringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave.I riseI riseI rise.”

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58. “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”

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59. “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.”

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60. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”

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Author : Maya Angelou

61. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

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62. “We need much less than we think we need.”

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63. “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.”

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64. “When I walk in, they may like me or dislike me, but everybody knows I'm here”

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65. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”

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66. “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.”

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67. “I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”

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Source : Letter to My Daughter

68. “If on Judgement Day I were summoned by St. Peter to give testimony to the used-to-be sheriff's act of kindness, I would be unable to say anything in his behalf. His confidence that my uncle and every other Black man who heard of the Klan's coming ride would scurry under their houses to hide in chicken droppings was too humiliating to hear. Without waiting for Momma's thanks, he rode out of the yard, sure that things were as they should be and that he was a gentle squire, saving those deserving serfs from the laws of the land, which he condoned.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

69. “What sets one Southern town apart from another, or from a Northern town or hamlet, or city high-rise? The answer must be the experience shared between the unknowing majority (it) and the knowing minority (you). All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

70. “Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you.”

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71. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's sizeBut when I start to tell them,They think I'm telling lies.I say,It's in the reach of my armsThe span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

72. “Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”

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73. “To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

74. “I'm young as morningand fresh as dew.Everybody loves meand so do you.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Shall Not Be Moved

75. “It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense. We should all be dead. I thought I should like to see us all dead, one on top of the other. A pyramid of flesh with the whitefolks on the bottom, as the broad base, then the Indians with their silly tomahawks and teepees and wigwams and treaties, the Negroes with their mops and recipes and cotton sacks and spirituals sticking out of their mouths. The Dutch children should all stumble in their wooden shoes and break their necks. The French should choke to death on the Louisiana Purchase (1803) while silkworms ate all the Chinese with their stupid pigtails. As a species, we were an abomination. All of us.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

76. “Few, if any, survive their teens”

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Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

77. “The devil lives in our mistakes, the lord lives in our rights. Who lives in our ignorance, and who wins after all?”

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78. “At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

79. “This bed yawnsbeneath the weightof our absent selves.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Complete Collected Poems

80. “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.”

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81. “I sustain myself with the love of family.”

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82. “I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.”

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83. “Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. 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.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

84. “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.”

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85. “The child gives, because the body can, and the mind of the violator cannot.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

86. “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.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

87. “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.”

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88. “The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration.”

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Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

89. “The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country's table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. Hence the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin's-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic who buys forty-dollar shoes is not criticized but is appreciated. We know that they have put to use their full mental and physical powers. Each single gain feeds into the gains of the body collective.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

90. “People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

91. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”

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92. “Until recently each generation found it more expedient to plead guilty to the charge of being young and ignorant, easier to take the punishment meted out by the older generation (which had itself confessed to the same crime short years before). The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

93. “Soft you day, be velvet soft, My true love approaches, Look you bright, you dusty sun, Array your golden coaches.Soft you wind, be soft as silk My true love is speaking. Hold you birds, your silver throats, His golden voice I'm seeking.Come you death, in haste, do come My shroud of black be weaving, Quiet my heart, be deathly quiet, My true love is leaving.”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Complete Collected Poems

94. “You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

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95. “Don't kneel please. Sometimes people put people on pedestals so they can see them more clearly and knock them off more easily”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Mom & Me & Mom

96. “Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you.”

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97. “If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.”

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Source : Poems

98. “There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

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99. “I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back.”

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100. “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. ”

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Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

101. “There are some nights whensleep plays coy,aloof and disdainful.And all the wilesthat I employ to winits service to my sideare useless as wounded pride,and much more painful.”

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102. “Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. . . Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”

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103. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”

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Author : Maya Angelou

104. “love. she liberated me to life, she continued to do that. and when she was in her final sickness i went out to san francisco and the doctor said she had 3 weeks to live, i asked her "would you come to north carolina?" she said yes. she had emphysema and lung cancer, i brought her to my home. she lived for a year and a half ..and when she was finally in extraneous she was on oxygen and fighting cancer for her life and i remembered her liberating me, and i said i hoped i would be able to liberate her, she deserved that from me. she deserved a great daughter and she got one. so in her last days, i said "i understand some people need permission to go… as i understand it you may have done what god put you here to do. you were a great worker, you must've been a great lover cause a lot of men and if I'm not wrong maybe a couple of woman risked their lives to love you. you were a piss poor mother of small children but a you were great mother of young adults, and if you need permission to go, i liberate you". and i went back to my house, and something said go back- i was in my pajamas, i jumped in my car and ran and the nurse said "she just gone". you see love liberates. it doesn't bind, love says i love you. i love you if you're in china, i love you if you're across town, i love you if you're in harlem, i love you. i would like to be near you, i would like to have your arms around me i would like to have your voice in my ear but thats not possible now, i love you so go. love liberates it doesn't hold. thats ego. love liberates.”

Tags : Liberated Love Mothers And Daughters
Author : Maya Angelou

105. “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?”

Tags : Friendship Friendship And Love Friendship Friends
Author : Maya Angelou

106. “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.”

Tags : 1993 Inspirational Reassurance Reassuring Respite Soothing
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

107. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

Tags : Inspirational
Author : Maya Angelou

108. “If the pretties were expected to make the supreme sacrifice in order to 'belong,' what could the unattractive female do?”

Tags : Females
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

109. “I am Woman, Phenomenally, Phenomenal Woman, that's me.”

Tags : Inspirational Quotes International Women S Day
Author : Maya Angelou

110. “If funkytown was a trailerpark, this guy would be a double-wide.”

Tags : Metaphor
Author : Maya Angelou

111. “The black mother perceives destruction at every door, ruination at each window, and even she herself is not beyond her own suspicion. She questions whether she loves her children enough- or more terribly, does she love them too much? Do her looks cause embarrassment- or even terrifying, is she so attractive her sons begin to desire her and her daughters begin to hate her. If she is unmarried, the challenges are increased. Her singleness indicates she has rejected or has been rejected by her mate. Yet she is raising children who will become mates. Beyond her door, all authority is in the hands of people who do not look or think or act like her children. Teachers, doctors, sales, clerks, policemen, welfare workers who are white and exert control over her family’s moods, conditions and personality, yet within the home, she must display a right to rule which at any moment, by a knock at the door, or a ring in the telephone, can be exposed as false. In the face of this contradictions she must provide a blanket of stability, which warms but does not suffocate, and she must tell her children the truth about the power of white power without suggesting that it cannot be challenged.”

Tags : Family Feminist Quotes Inspirational Truth Of Life Women S Rights
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Heart of a Woman

112. “You may write me down in historyWith your bitter, twisted lies,You may tread me in the very dirtBut still, like dust, I'll rise.Does my sassiness upset you? Why are you beset with gloom? 'Cause I walk like I've got oil wellsPumping in my living room.Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high,Still I'll rise.Did you want to see me broken? Bowed head and lowered eyes? Shoulders falling down like teardrops.Weakened by my soulful cries.Does my haughtiness offend you? Don't you take it awful hard'Cause I laugh like I've got gold minesDiggin' in my own back yard.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.Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surpriseThat I dance like I've got diamondsAt the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shameI riseUp from a past that's rooted in painI riseI'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.Leaving behind nights of terror and fearI riseInto a daybreak that's wondrously clearI riseBringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,I am the dream and the hope of the slave.I riseI riseI rise.”

Tags : Poetry Resilience
Author : Maya Angelou

113. “We, the black people, the most displaced, the poorest, the most maligned and scourged, we had the glorious task of reclaiming the soul and saving the honor of the country. We, the most hated, must take hate into our hands and by the miracle of love, turn loathing into love. We, the most feared and apprehensive must take fear and by love, change it into hope. We, who die daily in large and small ways, must take the demon death and turn it into life.-Martin Luther King Jr.”

Tags : Feminism History Politics Life Philosophy Politics Racism In America
Author : Maya Angelou

114. “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.”

Tags : Courage Education Family Inspirational Love Mother Motherhood Upbringing
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Mom & Me & Mom

115. “When rain comes finally, washing away a low sky of muddy ocher, we who could not control the phenomenon are pressed into relief. The near-occult feeling: The face of being witness to the end of the world gives way to tangible things. Even if the succeeding sensations are not common, they are at least not mysterious.”

Tags : Rain
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

116. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”

Tags : 2008
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

117. “I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love – for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

Tags : Existence Hope Inspirational Life
Author : Maya Angelou

118. “Life likes to be taken by the lapel and told, "I'm with you kid. Let's go!”

Tags : Affirmation Inspirational
Author : Maya Angelou

119. “I'll never know why it was important to him that the couple (he said it later that he'd never seen them before) would take a picture of the whole Mr. Johnson back to Little Rock.He must have been tired of being crippled, as prisoners tire of penitentiary bars and the guilty tire of blame. The high topped shoes and the cane, his uncontrollable muscles and thick tongue, and the looks he suffered of either contempt or pity had simply worn him out, and for one afternoon, one part of an afternoon, he wanted no part of them.I understood and felt closer to him at that moment than ever before or since.”

Tags : Cripple Self Respect
Author : Maya Angelou

120. “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”

Tags : Life Mom Mother Motherhood Mothers And Daughters Women
Author : Maya Angelou

121. “If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape”

Tags : Africa Humor
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Heart of a Woman

122. “If you happen to be white in a white country; pretty according to the dictates of fashion; rich in a country where money is adored, it’s almost impossible to grow up and to grow up honest inside. It is almost impossible. Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging. But to grow up, to take responsibility for the time you take up, and the space you occupy, to honor every living person for his or her humanity, that is to grow up.”

Tags : Growing Up Maturity Privilege Wisdom
Author : Maya Angelou

123. “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.”

Tags : 1993 Time
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

124. “I did then what I knew best, when I knew better, I did better. Maya Angelo”

Tags : Forgiving Yourself Inspirational Self Help
Author : Maya Angelou

125. “In order to avoid this bitter end, we would all have to be born again, and born with the knowledge of alternatives. Even then?”

Tags : Dark Humor Life Truth
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

126. “This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before.”

Tags : Beautiful Day Life Time
Author : Maya Angelou

127. “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.”

Tags : Poison Words
Author : Maya Angelou

128. “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.”

Tags : Prejudice
Author : Maya Angelou

129. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's sizeBut when I start to tell them,They think I'm telling lies.I say,It's in the reach of my armsThe span of my hips,The stride of my step,The curl of my lips.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.I walk into a roomJust as cool as you please,And to a man,The fellows stand orFall down on their knees.Then they swarm around me,A hive of honey bees.I say,It's the fire in my eyes,And the flash of my teeth,The swing in my waist,And the joy in my feet.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.Men themselves have wonderedWhat they see in me.They try so muchBut they can't touchMy inner mystery.When I try to show themThey say they still can't see.I say,It's in the arch of my back,The sun of my smile,The ride of my breasts,The grace of my style.I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.Now you understandJust why my head's not bowed.I don't shout or jump aboutOr have to talk real loud.When you see me passingIt ought to make you proud.I say,It's in the click of my heels,The bend of my hair,the palm of my hand,The need of my care,'Cause I'm a womanPhenomenally.Phenomenal woman,That's me.”

Tags : Phenomenal Woman Woman
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

130. “Glory falls around us as we sob a dirge of desolation on the Cross”

Tags : Desolation Dirge Glory Jack Goldenberg
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

131. “Segregation shaped me; education liberated me.”

Tags : Education Inspirational Learning Race
Author : Maya Angelou

132. “Take the blinders from your visiontake the padding from your earsand confess you've heard me crying and admit you've seen my tears.”

Tags : Equality Poetry Quotes
Author : Maya Angelou

133. “This is the role of the mother. And in that visit I really saw clearly, for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and also cuddles... but because in an interesting and and maybe an eerie and other worldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known.”

Tags : Love Mothers
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Mom & Me & Mom

134. “Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.”

Tags : Challenges Difficulties Empathy Life Sympathy
Author : Maya Angelou

135. “We need to develop courage, and we need to develop it in small ways first..... You develop a little courage, so that if you decide, "I will not stay in rooms where women are belittled; I will not stay in company where races, no matter who they are, are belittled; I will not take it; I will not sit around and accept dehumanising other human beings: - if you decide to do that in small ways, and you continue to do it - finally you realize you've got so much courage. Imagine it - you've got so much courage that people want to be around you. They get a feeling that they will be protected in your company.”

Tags : Courage Inspirational Racism Sexism
Author : Maya Angelou

136. “What is a fear of living? It’s being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don’t know what you’re here to do, then just do some good.”

Tags : Do Good Maya Angelou Quote
Author : Maya Angelou

137. “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.”

Tags : Lessons Life
Author : Maya Angelou

138. “Love. And again, see I don't mean, I think love is that condition in the human spirit so profund, that it allows us to forgive, and it may be the energy which keeps the stars in the firmament, I'm not sure. It may be the energy which keeps the blood running smoothly through our veins. I'm not sure, but it's something beyond the explanation. It can be used for anything you can explain. Any good thing you can explain.”

Tags : Energy Forgivness Life Love Universe
Author : Maya Angelou

139. “Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.”

Tags : Journey Life
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

140. “I am a WomanPhenomenally.Phenomenal Woman,that's me.”

Tags : Feminism
Author : Maya Angelou

141. “If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn't it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived?”

Tags : Inspirational Living
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Even The Stars Look Lonesome

142. “No,nobody but nobody can make it out her alone.”

Tags : Alone
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Poems

143. “Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.”

Tags : Poetry
Author : Maya Angelou

144. “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.”

Tags : 1969 Inspirational
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

145. “Trust your brain to suggest a solution, then have the courage to follow through.”

Tags : Insight
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Mom & Me & Mom

146. “I want you to write down your blessings.”

Tags : Insight
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Mom & Me & Mom

147. “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.”

Tags : Insight
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Mom & Me & Mom

148. “He watched her every move and when she left the room, his eyes allowed her reluctantly to go.”

Tags : Leave Leaving Love Love Quotes Watching Watching Her Go Watching Someone Leave
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

149. “As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.”

Tags : Healing
Author : Maya Angelou

150. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.”

Tags : Character Courage
Author : Maya Angelou

151. “A Rock, A River, A TreeHosts to species long since departed,Mark the mastodon.The dinosaur, who left dry tokensOf their sojourn hereOn our planet floor,Any broad alarm of their of their hastening doomIs lost in the gloom of dust and ages.But today, the Rock cries out to us, clearly, forcefully,Come, you may stand upon myBack and face your distant destiny,But seek no haven in my shadow.I will give you no hiding place down here.You, created only a little lower thanThe angels, have crouched too long inThe bruising darkness,Have lain too longFace down in ignorance.Your mouths spelling wordsArmed for slaughter.The rock cries out today, you may stand on me,But do not hide your face.Across the wall of the world,A river sings a beautiful song,Come rest here by my side.Each of you a bordered country,Delicate and strangely made proud,Yet thrusting perpetually under siege.Your armed struggles for profitHave left collars of waste uponMy shore, currents of debris upon my breast.Yet, today I call you to my riverside,If you will study war no more.Come, clad in peace and I will sing the songsThe Creator gave to me when IAnd the tree and stone were one.Before cynicism was a bloody sear across your browAnd when you yet knew you still knew nothing.The river sings and sings on.There is a true yearning to respond toThe singing river and the wise rock.So say the Asian, the Hispanic, the Jew,The African and Native American, the Sioux,The Catholic, the Muslim, the French, the Greek,The Irish, the Rabbi, the Priest, the Sheikh,The Gay, the Straight, the Preacher,The privileged, the homeless, the teacher.They hear. They all hearThe speaking of the tree.Today, the first and last of every treeSpeaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the river.Plant yourself beside me, here beside the river.Each of you, descendant of some passed onTraveller, has been paid for.You, who gave me my first name,You Pawnee, Apache and Seneca,You Cherokee Nation, who rested with me,Then forced on bloody feet,Left me to the employment of other seekers--Desperate for gain, starving for gold.You, the Turk, the Swede, the German, the Scot...You the Ashanti, the Yoruba, the Kru,Bought, sold, stolen, arriving on a nightmarePraying for a dream.Here, root yourselves beside me.I am the tree planted by the river,Which will not be moved.I, the rock, I the river, I the treeI am yours--your passages have been paid.Lift up your faces, you have a piercing needFor this bright morning dawning for you.History, despite its wrenching pain,Cannot be unlived, and if faced with courage,Need not be lived again.Lift up your eyes uponThe day breaking for you.Give birth againTo the dream.Women, children, men,Take it into the palms of your hands.Mold it into the shape of your mostPrivate need. Sculpt it intoThe image of your most public self.Lift up your hearts.Each new hour holds new chancesFor new beginnings.Do not be wedded foreverTo fear, yoked eternallyTo brutishness.The horizon leans forward,Offering you space to place new steps of change.Here, on the pulse of this fine dayYou may have the courageTo look up and out upon me,The rock, the river, the tree, your country.No less to Midas than the mendicant.No less to you now than the mastodon then.Here on the pulse of this new dayYou may have the grace to look up and outAnd into your sister's eyes,Into your brother's face, your countryAnd say simplyVery simplyWith hopeGood morning.”

Tags : Inspirational Poem
Author : Maya Angelou

152. “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.”

Tags : Inspirational Self Empowerment
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

153. “I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.”

Tags : Relationship
Author : Maya Angelou

154. “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more intelligent and more educated than college professors.”

Tags : Compassion Education Knowledge Life Lessons Understanding
Author : Maya Angelou

155. “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.”

Tags : Aspirations Children S Reminiscences Inspirational
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

156. “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.”

Tags : Christianity Inspirational
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

157. “I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”

Tags : Bravery Courage
Author : Maya Angelou

158. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”

Tags : Music
Author : Maya Angelou

159. “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.”

Tags : Friendship
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

160. “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”

Tags : Freedom Of Speech History Politics War
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : The Heart of a Woman

161. “When things were very bad his soul just crawled behind his heart and curled up and went to sleep”

Tags : Bad Belief Heart Soul Youth
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

162. “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.”

Tags : Joy Love Love Of Reading Reading
Author : Maya Angelou

163. “When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we're capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I'm trying for that. But I'm also trying for the language. I'm trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for wate it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

Tags : Writing Craft Writing From The Heart Writing Inspiration Writing Philosophy
Author : Maya Angelou

164. “There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”

Tags : Courage Culture Resilience
Author : Maya Angelou

165. “In the flush of love's lightwe dare be braveAnd suddenly we seethat love costs all we areand will ever be.Yet it is only lovewhich sets us free.”

Tags : Courage Fear Freedom Life Lonliness Love Pain Poetry
Author : Maya Angelou

166. “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.”

Tags : Greed Life
Author : Maya Angelou

167. “In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”

Tags : Love Perfect Fit
Author : Maya Angelou

168. “Thomas Wolfe warned in the title of America’s great novel that ‘You Can’t Go Home Again.’ I enjoyed the book but I never agreed with the title. I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and dragons of home under one’s skin, at the extreme corners of one’s eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.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 things in and around the child, the region’s only enfranchised citizen.[…]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.”

Tags : Home Inspirational
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

169. “A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.”

Tags : Enemy Victim Wise Women
Author : Maya Angelou

170. “We write for the same reason that we walk , talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone - because we have the impulse to explain who we are.”

Tags : Quotes About Life
Author : Maya Angelou

171. “...Lovers think quite different thoughtswhile lying side by side.”

Tags : Diversity Poem The Human Family
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Shall Not Be Moved

172. “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.”

Tags : Christmas Trees Lost Luggage Rainy Days Tangles
Author : Maya Angelou

173. “All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unlike.”

Tags : Art Humanity
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Letter to My Daughter

174. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”

Tags : Bigotry Travel
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

175. “I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss”

Tags : Knowledge Life Wisdom Youth
Author : Maya Angelou
Source : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings