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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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I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine... before she realizes she's reading. Maya Angelou
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The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. Maya Angelou
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I'm a positive thinker and actor. I look at a glass; a negative person sees the glass and says: too bad it's half empty... I look at the same glass and say: Hallelujah!! It's half full!!! Maya Angelou
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There are those who say that poets should use her and his art to change the world. I'd agree with that, but I think everybody should do that. I think the chef and the baker and the candlestick maker - I think everybody should be hoping to make it a better world. Maya Angelou
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I believe everything is energy. I believe that the meal you serve yourself, you prepare, is energy. And if you serve it to your family, it's your gift of energy to them. Maya Angelou
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I think we ought to give ourselves more time. We should be more patient with ourselves and with each other. Maya Angelou
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Strictly speaking, one cannot legislate love, but what one can do is legislate fairness and justice. If legislation does not prohibit our living side by side, sooner or later your child will fall on the pavement and I'll be the one to pick her up. Or one of my children will not be able to get into the house and you'll have to say, "Stop here until your mom comes here." Legislation affords us the chance to see if we might love each other. Maya Angelou
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I made the decision to quit show business. Give up the skintight dresses and manicured smiles. The false concern over sentimental lyrics. I would never again work to make people smile inanely and would take on the responsibility of making them think. Maya Angelou
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It's wonderful that whenever Patsy Cline's name is mentioned, people's voices fall and they become right sentimental. And, rightly so. Maya Angelou
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Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them. Maya Angelou
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When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. Maya Angelou
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Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself. Maya Angelou
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When I'm writing, I write. And then it's as if the muse is convinced that I'm serious and says, 'Okay. Okay. I'll come.' Maya Angelou
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You don't want modesty, you want humility. Humility comes from inside out. It says someone was here before me and I'm here because I've been paid for. I have something to do and I will do that because I'm paying for someone else who has yet to come. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. Maya Angelou
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When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not shouting 'I'm saved'. I'm whispering 'I get lost'. That is why I chose this way... Maya Angelou
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I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it. Maya Angelou
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In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons. Maya Angelou
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We must create a climate where people agree that human beings are more alike than unalike. The only way to do that is through education. Maya Angelou
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We agreed that great men and women should be forced to live as long as possible. The reverence they enjoyed was a life sentence, which they could neither revoke nor modify. Maya Angelou
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All riddles are blues, / And all blues are sad, / And I'm only mentioning / Some blues I've had. Maya Angelou
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Open your eyes to the beauty around you, open your mind to the wonders of life, open your heart to those who love you, and always be true to yourself. Maya Angelou
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When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time. Maya Angelou
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No one can take the place of a friend, no one. Maya Angelou
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The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Maya Angelou
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A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally. Maya Angelou
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Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake. Maya Angelou
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Everyone grows old but not everyone grows up. Maya Angelou
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I thought if I could face the worst danger voluntarily, and triumph, I would forever have power over it. Maya Angelou
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Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between. Maya Angelou
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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. Maya Angelou
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My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return. Maya Angelou
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You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive. Maya Angelou
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Nothing will work unless you do. Maya Angelou
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The truth is you never can leave home. You take it with you everywhere you go. It's under your skin. It moves the tongue or slows it, colors the thinking, impedes upon the logic. Maya Angelou
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Christians already? It seems to me that it takes a lifetime of work. Maya Angelou
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To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Maya Angelou
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When we cast our bread upon the waters, we can presume that someone downstream whose face we will never know will benefit from our action, as we who are downstream from another will profit from that grantor's gift. Maya Angelou
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Blacks should be used to play whites. For centuries we had probed their faces, the angles of their bodies, the sounds of their voices, and even their odors. Often our survival had depended on the accurate reading of a white man's chuckle or the disdainful wave of a white woman's hand. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that forgiving is one of the greatest gifts that I can give myself. Maya Angelou
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When people see the laughing face, even if they're jealous of it, their burden is lightened. But do it first for yourself. Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. Maya Angelou
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Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest. Maya Angelou
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Visit us again, Savior. Your children, burdened with disbelief, blinded by a patina of wisdom, carom down this vale of fear. We cry for you although we have lost your name. Maya Angelou
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It is possible and imperative that we discover A brave and startling truth. Maya Angelou
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Have enough courage to love. Maya Angelou
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Soft you day, be velvet soft, My true love approaches, Look you bright, you dusty sun, Array your golden coaches. Soft you wind, be soft as silk My true love is speaking. Hold you birds, your silver throats, His golden voice I'm seeking. Come you death, in haste, do come My shroud of black be weaving, Quiet my heart, be deathly quiet, My true love is leaving. Maya Angelou
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I wouldn't trade anything for my story now. Maya Angelou
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In today's climate in our country, which is sickened with the pollution of pollution, threatened with the prominence of AIDS, riddled with burgeoning racism, rife with growing huddles of the homeless, we need art and we need art in all forms. We need all methods of art to be present, everywhere present, and all the time present. Maya Angelou
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Each time a dancer moves devoutly or a composer faithfully searches the silence for the veiled melodies, eternity is engaged. Maya Angelou
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I know why the caged bird sings. Maya Angelou
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Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater. Maya Angelou
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Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency Maya Angelou
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If a human being dreams a great dream, dares to love somebody; if a human being dares to be Martin King, or Mahatma Gandhi, or Mother Theresa, or Malcolm X; if a human being dares to be bigger than the condition into which she or he was born-it means so can you. And so you can try to stretch, stretch, stretch yourself so you can internalize, 'Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto. I am a human being, nothing human can be alien to me.' That's one thing I'm learning. Maya Angelou
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I thank God that I've lived long enough to see what I have seen, and I pray that people will continue to do better. We are doing better, it may not seem so, but there was a time when people were lynched in the middle of the street and it was not against the law. We are doing better, but we have so much more to do. Maya Angelou
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I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be okay. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. So I have a special place for every library, in my heart of hearts. Maya Angelou
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Yet it is only love which sets us free. 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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All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market. Maya Angelou
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Love is a condition so powerful; it may be that which pulls the stars in the firmament. It may be that which pushes and urges the blood in the veins. Courage: you have to have courage to love somebody because you risk everything-ever ything. Maya Angelou
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Determine to live life with flair and laughter. Maya Angelou
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Had I not had my grandmother, who dared to be my rainbow in the clouds, I would have been just another sexually abused barefoot black girl on the roads of Arkansas. Maya Angelou
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The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour. Maya Angelou
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In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment. Maya Angelou
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There is no place where God is not. Maya Angelou
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