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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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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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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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Sometimes all you need in love is to make each other happy, to make each other laugh. So long as you can still do that ten years down the line then I think you're gold. Never let the laughter slip from your relationship. Maya Angelou
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My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child. And that is better than being the child of anyone else in the world. Maya Angelou
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Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong. Maya Angelou
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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. Maya Angelou
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I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression. Maya Angelou
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Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It's very clear. Maya Angelou
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The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you're wrinkled. Maya Angelou
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During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not. Maya Angelou
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou
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Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness. Maya Angelou
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I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it. Maya Angelou
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Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem. Maya Angelou
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The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou
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In all my work, I try to say - 'You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?' Maya Angelou
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All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. 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. Maya Angelou
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Politicians must set their aims for the high ground and according to our various leanings, Democratic, Republican, Independent, we will follow. Politicians must be told if they continue to sink into the mud of obscenity, they will proceed alone. Maya Angelou
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I'm always disappointed when people don't live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change. Maya Angelou
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Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America, but black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years. Maya Angelou
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Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. Maya Angelou
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Effective action is always unjust. Maya Angelou
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Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops. Maya Angelou
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I know that I've been guided by God. I am obedient. Maya Angelou
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I like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. Maya Angelou
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I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with 'Porgy and Bess,' the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw some things back. Maya Angelou
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We really are 15 countries, and it's remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham - both are certain they are the real American. Maya Angelou
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I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they're telling the truth. The fact is they're using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they're telling the truth about the human being- what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other. Maya Angelou
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Look what you've already come through! Don't deny it. Say I'm stronger than I thought I was Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. Maya Angelou
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My encouragement to you is to go tomorrow to the library. Maya Angelou
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When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. Maya Angelou
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I sustain myself with the love of family. Maya Angelou
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Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. Maya Angelou
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats... Maya Angelou
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In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric. Maya Angelou
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Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up. Maya Angelou
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Hope does not take away your problems. It can lift you above them. Maya Angelou
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Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait. Maya Angelou
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Life sometimes gives you a second chance. Maya Angelou
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Every day offers you 10,000 reasons to cry, but if you can find just one reason to laugh then you will be all right. Maya Angelou
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Every Day you should reach out and touch someone Maya Angelou
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Take the blinders from your vision take the padding from your ears and confess you've heard me crying and admit you've seen my tears. Maya Angelou
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I live in an atmosphere of music. Maya Angelou
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Give yourself time just to be with yourself. Maya Angelou
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You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage. Maya Angelou
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In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats - maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats - but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike. Maya Angelou
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We can be better, we can be wiser, we can be more kind. Yes we have to change. We have to grow up and stop acting like 10 years old. Yes there is much to do, much to see, much to go into. Maya Angelou
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In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really, absolutely know what whites looked like. Maya Angelou
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Then the question began to live under my blankets: How did lesbianism begin? What were the symptoms? The public library gave information on the finished lesbian-and that woefully sketchy-but on the growth of a lesbian, there was nothing. I did discover that the difference between hermaphrodites and lesbians was that hermaphrodites were "born that way." It was impossible to determine whether lesbians budded gradually, or burst into being with a suddenness that dismayed them as much as it repelled society. Maya Angelou
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The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve. Maya Angelou
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As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good. Maya Angelou
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All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated. Maya Angelou
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Be the rainbow in someone else's cloud. Maya Angelou
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Preach it, I say preach it. Maya Angelou
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Step off the road. Build yourself a brand new path. Maya Angelou
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Hope is born again in the faces of children. Maya Angelou
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Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. You must love yourself first, of course, and you must protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. Just say, 'Just a minute. I'm worth everything, dear.' Maya Angelou
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I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. Maya Angelou
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Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don't understand but something I'm able to harness and use. While electricity remains a mystery, I know I can plug into it and light up a cathedral or a synagogue or an operating room and use it to help save a life. Or I can use it to electrocute someone. Like electricity, creativity makes no judgment. I can use it productively or destructively. The important thing is to use it. You can't use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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Being physically close to extreme power causes one to experience a giddiness, an intoxication. Maya Angelou
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I've tried to be totally present, so that when I'm finished with a piece of work, I'm finished. ... The work, once completed, does not need me. The work I'm working on needs my total concentration. The one that's finished doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to itself. Maya Angelou
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You never get over the fear of writing. Maya Angelou
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We need to remember to teach our children that solitude can be a much-to-be-desired condition. Not only is it acceptable to be alone; at times it is positively to be wished for.....In the silence we listen to ourselves. Then we ask questions of ourselves. We describe ourselves to ourselves, and in the quietude we may even hear the voice of God. Maya Angelou
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Being free is being able to accept people for what they are, and not try to understand all they are or be what they are. Maya Angelou
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Y"all dropped the ball and you should be shamed. Maya Angelou
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