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Maya Angelou
By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

The music was my friend, my lover, my family.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Maya Angelou

You can only become great at that thing you're willing to sacrifice for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I'm a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I'm even afraid of it - it's a learned affectation and it's just stuck on me like decals.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

You may not get what you paid for, but you will pay for what you get.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

And one of my absolute favorite quotes of all-time, one that I've adopted as one of my greatest life mottos: Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

There's racism and sexism and ageism and all sorts of idiocies. But bad news is not news. We've had bad news as a species for a long time. We've had slavery and human sacrifice and the holocaust and brutalities of such measure.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

To be human is to be challenged to be more divine. Not even to try to meet such a challenge is the biggest defeat imaginable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

When you know better you do better.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

Therefore we pledge to bind ourselves to one another, to embrace our lowliest, to keep company with our loneliest, to educate our illiterate, to feed our starving, to clothe our ragged, to do all good things, knowing that we are more than keepers of our brothers and sisters. We are our brothers and sisters

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

We are the victims of the world's most comprehensive robbery. Life demands a balance. It's all right if we do a little robbing now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy. 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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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. It's not something where you think, Oh, I've got it done. I did it all day, hotdiggety. The truth is, all day long you try to do it, try to be it, and then in the evening if you're honest and have a little courage you look at yourself and say, Hmm. I only blew it eighty-six times. Not bad.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

Let us live so we do not regret years of inertia and ignorance, so when we die we can say all of our energy was dedicated to the noble liberation of the human mind and spirit, beginning with my own.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise. I rise. I rise.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

The charitable say in effect, 'I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.' Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I wish that we could look into each other's faces, in each other's eyes, and see our own selves. I hope that the children have not been so scarred by their upbringing that they only think fear when they see someone else who looks separate from them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

A woman needs someone she can trust, someone who laughs when she laughs, but who has different ideas so she can learn from and teach to them. She needs someone who will stand up with her and encourage her to be a woman-not just a female. See where you are, admit what you know, and what you need, and search for a sister friend.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

[Librarians] study their field with as much determination and as much delight as open-heart surgeons.

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 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

We need to remember to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone; at times it is positively to be wished for.....In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Maya Angelou

The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you're wrinkled.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

'God put the rainbow in the clouds, not just in the sky'... It is wise to realize we already have rainbows in our clouds, or we wouldn't be here. If the rainbow is in the clouds, then in the worst of time, there is the possibility of seeing hope... We can say 'I can be a rainbow in the cloud for someone yet to be.' That may be our calling.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

Have enough courage to love.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

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.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.

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

Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Maya Angelou

We wear the mask that grins and lies. It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes. This debt we pay to human guile With torn and bleeding hearts… We smile and mouth the myriad subtleties. Why should the world think otherwise In counting all our tears and sighs. Nay let them only see us while We wear the mask.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

Depending on who I am talking about or who's talking through me - if the person is a kind of hip-hop, or rhythm and blues person, or if the person is a kind of old-fashion gothic, meaning gothic attitude, then that will determine what form the poem will take.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Maya Angelou

She was our mother and belonged to us. She was never mentioned to anyone because we simply didn't have enough of her to share.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Maya Angelou

I am not competing with anyone other than myself. I want to be excellent at whatever I do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Maya Angelou

Spirit is an invisible force made visible in all life.