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Maya Angelou
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If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. Maya Angelou
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Love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. A Brave and Startling Truth. 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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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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I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Maya Angelou
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Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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It's a wonderful thing to know that there is something to know there is something greater than I am, and that is God itself. Maya Angelou
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Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. Maya Angelou
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I walk into a room Just as cool as you please, And to a man, The fellows stand or Fall down on their knees. Maya Angelou
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Don't let the man bring you down. Maya Angelou
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Having courage does not mean that we are unafraid. Having courage and showing courage mean we face our fears. We are able to say, 'I have fallen, but I will get up.' Maya Angelou
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People are too busy putting things under microscopes and so forth. Creativity is greater than the sum of its parts. Maya Angelou
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Try to be all you can be to be the best human being you can be. Try to be that in your church, in your temple. Try to be that in your classroom. Do it because it is right to do. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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I know something better is on the road for me. Maya Angelou
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It is the worst thing you can do, women, is whine, .. I mean the worst. Don't complain, protest. Maya Angelou
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If I have a monument in this world, it is my son. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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A great soul serves everyone all the time. A great soul never dies. It brings us together again and again. Maya Angelou
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I might have it at six-fifteen a.m. just as soon as I get in, but usually it's about eleven o'clock when I'll have a glass of sherry. Maya Angelou
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Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood. Maya Angelou
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Success is loving life and daring to live it. Maya Angelou
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We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color. Maya Angelou
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Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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We grow despite the horror that we feed upon our own tomorrow. We grow. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well. Maya Angelou
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Just like moons and suns, With certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I'll rise. Maya Angelou
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Some people cannot see a good thing when it is right here, right now. Others can sense a good thing coming when it is days, months, or miles away. Maya Angelou
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. Maya Angelou
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Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, 'Children's Letters to God.' You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, 'Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.' Maya Angelou
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If we don't plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don't have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don't have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind. Maya Angelou
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Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. Maya Angelou
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All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times. Maya Angelou
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Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. Maya Angelou
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I'm just like you - I want to be a good human being. I'm doing my best, and I'm working at it. And I'm trying to be a Christian. I'm always amazed when people walk up to me and say, 'I'm a Christian.' I always think, 'Already? You've already got it?' I'm working at it. And at my age, I'll still be working at it at 96. Maya Angelou
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Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you're the funniest person you've ever heard of. Maya Angelou
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The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. Maya Angelou
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There's something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know. Maya Angelou
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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. Maya Angelou
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I keep a hotel room in my town, although I have a large house. And I go there at about 5:30 in the morning, and I start working. And I don't allow anybody to come in that room. I work on yellow pads and with ballpoint pens. I keep a Bible, a thesaurus, a dictionary, and a bottle of sherry. I stay there until midday. Maya Angelou
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I'm considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I've never been bored in my life. Maya Angelou
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I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody's ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the 'n' word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren't pretty or they weren't rich or they weren't clever. Maya Angelou
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At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. Maya Angelou
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The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can't practice any other virtues consistently. Maya Angelou
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I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous - that is to say, it's obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do. Maya Angelou
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If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England - you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things. Maya Angelou
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If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I'd hear a loud 'A-hem!' from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same. Maya Angelou
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At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn't speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn't speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family. Maya Angelou
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My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself. Maya Angelou
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I think that that's the wisest thing - to prevent illness before we try to cure something. Maya Angelou
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If I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in people's hands - and, I hope, in their heart. Maya Angelou
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If you will have a person enslaved, the first thing you must do is convince yourself that the person is subhuman. The second thing you have to do is convince your allies so you'll have some help, and the third and probably unkindest cut of all is to convince that person that he or she is subhuman and deserves it. Maya Angelou
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I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate. Maya Angelou
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I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it's lasting me very well. Maya Angelou
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You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. Maya Angelou
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Don't trust people who don't laugh Maya Angelou
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You rose into my life like a promised sunrise, brightening my days with the light in your eyes. I've never been so strong. Now I'm where I belong. Maya Angelou
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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. Maya Angelou
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You dwell in whitened castles with deep and poisoned moats and cannot hear the curses which fill your children's throats. Maya Angelou
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Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant. Maya Angelou
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Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise. Maya Angelou
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When members of a society wish to secure that society's rich heritage they cherish their arts and respect their artists. The esteem with which we regard the multiple cultures offered in our country enhances our possibilities for healthy survival and continued social development. Maya Angelou
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The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. Maya Angelou
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