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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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It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Maya Angelou
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The only way you can be a mark is if you want something for nothing. If you're greedy, you're set up. Maya Angelou
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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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Glory falls around us as we sob a dirge of desolation on the Cross and hatred is the ballast of the rock Maya Angelou
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It's in the reach of my arms, The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and... if the future road looms ominous or unpromising... then we need to gather our resolve and... step off... into another direction. Maya Angelou
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Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, into Your brother's face, your country And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning. Maya Angelou
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[Work is] something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater. Maya Angelou
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I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed. Maya Angelou
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If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers. 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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I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time-that indeed it is made for the people, by the people, to the people. Maya Angelou
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When I try to describe myself to God I say, "Lord, remember me? Black? Female? Six-foot tall? The writer?" And I almost always get God's attention. Maya Angelou
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I write because I am a Black woman, listening attentively to her people. Maya Angelou
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Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness. Maya Angelou
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Money and power can liberate only if they are used to do so. They can imprison and inhibit more finally than barred windows and iron chains. Maya Angelou
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You can only accomplish what I really love. Do not take the money as a goal. Instead, pursue the things you passionate about, and do good to others can not take my eyes off you Maya Angelou
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Continue to plant a kiss of concern on the cheek of the sick and the aged and infirm and count that actions as natural and to be expected. Maya Angelou
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Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. Maya Angelou
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If you have a song to sing, who are you not to open your mouth and sing to the world? Maya Angelou
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When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one - it's the first blow in a suicidal movement. Maya Angelou
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Sometimes guns really matter. Protecting those who need protection - children, women, minorities in rough parts of town, old folks living in places where cops aren't nearby. Guns are true empowerment for the powerless. Maya Angelou
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Just do right. Right may not be expedient, it may not be profitable, but it will satisfy your soul. It brings you the kind of protection that bodyguards ca' give you. So try to live your life in a way that you will not regret years of useless virtue and inertia and timidity. Take up the battle. Take it up. It's yours. This is your life. This is your world. Maya Angelou
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The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as heck we should never teach. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension. Maya Angelou
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We must infuse our lives with art. Our national leaders must be informed that we want them to use our taxes to support street theatre in order to oppose street gangs. We should have a well-supported regional theatre in order to oppose regionalism and. Maya Angelou
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Love is many things. It is varied. One thing love is not, is unsure. Maya Angelou
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Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet. Maya Angelou
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A single fantasy can transform a million realities. Maya Angelou
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Today, the first & last of every Tree/ Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River. Maya Angelou
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If you're going to live, leave a legacy. Make a mark on the world that can't be erased. Maya Angelou
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It's amazing. I can do anything. And do it well. Any good thing, I can do it. That's why I am who I am, yes, because God loves me and I'm amazed at it. I'm grateful for it. Maya Angelou
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Don't trust people who don't laugh Maya Angelou
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When things were very bad his soul just crawled behind his heart and curled up and went to sleep Maya Angelou
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Being a woman is hard work. Maya Angelou
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We, unaccustomed to courage exiles from delight live coiled in shells of loneliness until love leaves its high holy temple and comes into our sight to liberate us into life. Maya Angelou
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The desire to reach hearts is wise Maya Angelou
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Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens. The other times you're just stretching your soul. Maya Angelou
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Whether you are happy or whether you are sad, it is wise to remember you are really in process. Maya Angelou
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I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people. Maya Angelou
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It's the fire in my eyes, And the flash of my teeth, The swing in my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Maya Angelou
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There is no place where God is not. Maya Angelou
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The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free. Maya Angelou
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Yet it is only love which sets us free. Maya Angelou
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Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. Maya Angelou
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If you are going down a road and don't like what's in front of you, and look behind you and don't like what you see, get off the road. Create a new path! Maya Angelou
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Be wary when a naked person offers you his shirt Maya Angelou
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No one can take the place of a friend, no one. Maya Angelou
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