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Maya Angelou
By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. 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. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy - but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that's how I am guided.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

Moderation in all things. And even moderation in moderation. Don't get too much moderation, you know?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

One must learn to care for oneself first, so that one can then dare to care for someone else.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Maya Angelou

There is a shock that comes so quickly and strikes so deep that the blow is internalized even before then skin feels it. The strike must first reach bone marrow, then ascend slowly to the brain where the slowpoke intellect records the deed.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I'm a descendant of someone bought and sold, and brought in 1619 in what was to become the United States.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Maya Angelou

Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

Death to the young is more than that undiscovered country; despite its inevitability, it is a place having reality only in song or in other people's grief.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I think when we don't know what to do it's wise to do nothing. Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

Carefully the leaves of autumn sprinkle down the tinny sound of little dyings and skies sated of ruddy sunsets of roseate dawns roil ceaselessly in cobweb grey and turn to black for comfort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I married a man once and we had been married over a year before I found he preferred potatoes. I said, "I didn't know you loved potatoes." And he said that until he was about 13, he thought rice was potato seeds.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

If you have a napkin, you need another napkin to receive back all the blessings you'll get. And you keep giving. Then you need a towel to receive all the gifts. And you continue giving. Finally, you need a tablecloth. And you continue giving - not stupidly, but you give. And when you give, you finally have to move out and get a second house, and a third house and a fourth.It is a no - fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can't do anything with that except do it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I'm grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I've had people explain to me what one of my poems meant, and I've been surprised that it means that to them. If a person can use a poem of mine to interpret her life or his life, good. I can't control that. Nor would I want to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

Life loves the person who dares to live it.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Maya Angelou

Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass

By Anonym 19 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I've tried to be totally present, so that when I'm finished with a piece of work, I'm finished. ... The work, once completed, does not need me. The work I'm working on needs my total concentration. The one that's finished doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to itself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

If you're a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don't understand talent any more than we understand electricity.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Maya Angelou

When Great Trees Fall When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance of dark, cold caves. 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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

Each time a dancer moves devoutly or a composer faithfully searches the silence for the veiled melodies, eternity is engaged.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Maya Angelou

Frequently, I have been asked how I got to be this way. How did I, born black in a white country, poor in a society where wealth is adored and sought after at all costs, female in an environment where only large ships and some engines are described favourably by using the female pronoun-how did I get to be Maya Angelou?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Maya Angelou

This a a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

Try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I believe that every person is born with talent.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

To those who are given much, much is expected.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

The trouble for the thief is not how to steal the chief’s bugle, but where to blow it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom.