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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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We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. Maya Angelou
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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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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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Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. Maya Angelou
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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style Maya Angelou
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Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life. Maya Angelou
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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou
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We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. Maya Angelou
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The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom. Maya Angelou
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When you learn, teach, when you get, give. Maya Angelou
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It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. Maya Angelou
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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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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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When women take care of their health they become their own best friend. 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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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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If you do not like anything, alter it. If you can not change it, adjust your mindset. Will not complain. Maya Angelou
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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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Love liberates. It doesn't just hold, that's ego. Love liberates. 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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I try to live what I consider a poetic existence. That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work. Maya Angelou
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My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me - to a lot of people. Maya Angelou
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Rainbows are people whose lives are bright, shining examples for others. 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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A certain person wondered why a big strong girl like me wouldn't keep a job which paid a normal salary. I took my time to lead her and to read her every page. Even minimal people can't survive on minimal wage. A certain person wondered why I wait all week for you. I didn't have the words to describe just what you do. I said you had the motion of the ocean in your walk, and when you solve my riddles you don't even have to talk. Maya Angelou
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Food served is always more than just food served. That is to say, it is more than just fuel for the body. Depending upon who has prepared the food and who has served it and with what spirit, it can uplift the-and around the world, in every culture, food is used to flirt, to be coy, a raise in the employment or to search for employment. It can bring warring factions together. 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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She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy. Maya Angelou
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If you have, give. If you learn, teach. Maya Angelou
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The breezes of the West African night were intimate and shy, licking the hair, sweeping through cotton dresses with unseemly intimacy, then disappearing into the utter blackness. Maya Angelou
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Reality has changed chameleonlike before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust almost anything except what appears to be so. Maya Angelou
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Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable thing in and around the child, the region's only enfranchised citizen. Maya Angelou
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Without defeats, how do you really know who the hell you are? If you never had to stand up to something - to get up, to be knocked down, and to get up again - life can walk over you wearing football cleats. But each time you do get up, you're bigger, taller, finer, more beautiful, more kind, more understanding, more loving. Each time you get up, you're more inclusive. More people can stand under your umbrella. Maya Angelou
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Human beings are more alike than unalike. Whether in Paris, Texas, or Paris, France, we all want to have good jobs where we are needed and respected and paid just a little more than we deserve. We want healthy children, safe streets, to be loved and have the unmitigated gall to accept love. If we are religious, we want a place to perpetuate God. If not, we want a good lecture every once in a while. And everyone wants someplace to party on Saturday nights. Maya Angelou
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A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer. 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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