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Maya Angelou
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't Complain Maya Angelou
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Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now. 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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Inscribed on the temple of Apollo Maya Angelou
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I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute. 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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A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. Maya Angelou
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When women take care of their health they become their own best friend. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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The most difficult thing in the world, it seems to me, is to realize that I am a child of God; to keep that in my mind all the time. Maya Angelou
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One of the saddest things in the world is to see a cynical young person. 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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Try, start always at home. This is my encouragement to all writers, start at home. All virtues and vices begin at home, and then spread abroad. Maya Angelou
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Don't hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it. Maya Angelou
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You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking. 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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When we come to it We must confess that we are the possible We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world, that is when, and only when we come to it 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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'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. Maya Angelou
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Original thinking migrates each day in search of nourishment. Maya Angelou
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I answer the heroic question, 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is in my heart and mind and memories. Maya Angelou
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This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. Maya Angelou
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In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. 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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She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy. Maya Angelou
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I'm convinced that I'm a child of God. That's wonderful, exhilarating, liberating, full of promise. But the burden which goes along with that is, I'm convinced that everybody is a child of God. . . . I weep a lot. I thank God I laugh a lot, too. 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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When asked how she knows when her writing is where she wants it to be: "I know when it's the best I can do. It may not be the best there is. Another writer may do it much better. But I know when it's the best I can do. 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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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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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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One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. 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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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. Maya Angelou
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I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine ... before she realizes she's reading. Maya Angelou
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I did what I knew.. when I knew better, I did better Maya Angelou
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Pretty Women Wonder Where My Secret Lies, Im Not Cute Or Built To Fit A Fashion Models Size. Maya Angelou
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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. 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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In order to be a mentor, and an effective one, one must care. You must care. You don't have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don't need to know what is the chemical makeup of chemistry, or of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you're sharing with. Maya Angelou
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I had to trust life and believe that life loved the person who dared to live it. Maya Angelou
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Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, 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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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 Maya Angelou
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Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others. Maya Angelou
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Love liberates. It doesn't just hold, that's ego. Love liberates. Maya Angelou
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There is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I'm not certain what the difference is, but I do know that if you butt your head against a stone wall long enough, at some point you realize the wall is stone and that your head is flesh and blood. Maya Angelou
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. 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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We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike. 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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I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. 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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Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less. Maya Angelou
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Life loves the liver of it. 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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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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While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man. 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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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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I think Clinton, after getting into office and into Washington, was shocked at being bludgeoned. So he spent time trying to be all things to all people - one way guaranteed not to be successful or respected in a lion's den. You can't just play around with all those big cats - you've got to take somebody on. 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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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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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. Maya Angelou
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It's so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I've never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything. 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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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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I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defence when and wherever needed. Maya Angelou
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To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That's what Norman Mailer did. That's what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that's what I do - that's what I mean to do. 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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My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine. Maya Angelou
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I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition. 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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