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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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Love liberates. It doesn't just hold, that's ego. Love liberates. 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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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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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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I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'. Maya Angelou
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I've got a magic charm That I keep up my sleeve, I can walk the ocean floor And never have to breathe. 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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Love builds up the broken wall and straightens the crooked path. Love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides. Each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was created for it Maya Angelou
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Love liberates; it doesn't bind. Maya Angelou
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One isn't born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things-in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It's the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion. Maya Angelou
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Laugh...It's the sweetest thing one can do for oneself and one's fellow human beings. Maya Angelou
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Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love? Maya Angelou
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You may not remember what a person said to you, you may not remember what a person did to you, but you will never forget how a person made you feel! 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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Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls. 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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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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What I think it really means is: I'm a teacher. I am a teacher. I teach all the time, as you do and as all of you do-whether we know it or not, whether we take responsibility for it or not. I hold nothing back because I want to see that light go off. I like to see the children say, 'I never thought of that before.' And I think, 'I've got them!' Maya Angelou
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We all have that possibility, that potential and that promise of seeing beyond the seeming. Maya Angelou
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Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive. Maya Angelou
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Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. Maya Angelou
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, without it, you can practice no other. Maya Angelou
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If God put the rainbows right in the clouds themselves, each one of us in the direst and dullest and most dreaded and dreary moments can see a possibility of hope ... Each one of us has the chance to be a rainbow in somebody's cloud. Maya Angelou
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My people had used music to soothe slavery's torment or to propitiate God, or to describe the sweetness of love and the distress of lovelessness, but I knew no race could sing and dance its way to freedom. Maya Angelou
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You may not get what you paid for, but you will pay for what you get. Maya Angelou
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Don't face the day until you've faced God. 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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You are the sum total of everything you've seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot- it's all right there. Maya Angelou
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All great acheivements require time. Maya Angelou
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To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents 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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Modesty is a learned affectation. It's no good. Humility is great, because humility says, 'There was someone before me. I'm following in somebody's footsteps.' 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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Through the centuries, we faced down death by daring to hope. Maya Angelou
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We will sometimes have defeats in life but you can have defeats without being defeated, you could fail without being a failure. When you see failure and defeats as merely part of the process to get to when. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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