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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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'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 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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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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Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness. 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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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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Shakespeare must be a black girl. Maya Angelou
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When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. Some decide that happiness and glee are the same thing, they are not. When we choose happiness we accept the responsibility to lighten the load of someone else and to be a light on the path to another who may be walking in darkness. Maya Angelou
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Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that. Maya Angelou
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Be wary when a naked person offers you his shirt Maya Angelou
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At the end of the day people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel. Maya Angelou
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Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women. Maya Angelou
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I'm grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love - for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists. Maya Angelou
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