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Maya Angelou
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Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more. Maya Angelou
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I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, 'Oh, you know, I can use this word because I'm black.' Maya Angelou
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I believe that every person is born with talent. Maya Angelou
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Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity. Maya Angelou
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Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother. Maya Angelou
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Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, 'I'm not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.' Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, 'Yes, I deserve it.' 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 OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me. Maya Angelou
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I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I'll probably be writing when the Lord says, 'Maya, Maya Angelou, it's time.' Maya Angelou
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My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still. Maya Angelou
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I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all. Maya Angelou
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There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. Maya Angelou
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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. Maya Angelou
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I think music is one of the hero/sheroes of the African-American existence. Maya Angelou
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I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings. Maya Angelou
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I did work in a strip club, but I didn't strip. I danced, and I became very popular. Maya Angelou
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And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe. Maya Angelou
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Early on, I was so impressed with Charles Dickens. I grew up in the South, in a little village in Arkansas, and the whites in my town were really mean, and rude. Dickens, I could tell, wouldn't be a man who would curse me out and talk to me rudely. Maya Angelou
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I promised myself that I would write as well as I can, tell the truth, not to tell everything I know, but to make sure that everything I tell is true, as I understand it. And to use the eloquence which my language affords me. Maya Angelou
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I think I have had so much blessing - I've had my brother, who was brilliant - I think my family came closest to making a genius when they made my brother - Bailey was just all of that. He loved me. Maya Angelou
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style. Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. Maya Angelou
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I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind. Maya Angelou
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The whites were really brutishly ignorant, blitheringly, so they killed people sometimes - just came into the African-American community and maimed people because they didn't agree with God's choice for the colors of the people's skin. Maya Angelou
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Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise. 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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You can never be great at anything unless you love it. Maya Angelou
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Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone. 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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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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The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood. Maya Angelou
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The nice thing about HOPE is that you can give it to someone else, someone who needs it even more than you do, and you will find you have not given yours away at all. 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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We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans - because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That's why we paint, that's why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin... but who we are internally... perhaps even spiritually. 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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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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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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I am always talking about the human condition and about American society in particular: what it is like to be human, what makes us weep, what makes us fall and stumble and somehow rise and go on from darkness into darkness and that darkness carpeted. 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 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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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 can't 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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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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Intelligence is a separate gift, for the benefit of students, so that they may think of themselves as intellectual and not very intelligent, or intelligent and not very intellectual. One hopes, of course, that they try to bring the two virtues, the two elements, into their lives at the same time. Maya Angelou
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You were a precious pearl How I loved to see you shine, You were the perfect girl. And you were mine. For a time. For a time. Just for a time. Maya Angelou
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You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Maya Angelou
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Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? 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. Maya Angelou
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Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. Maya Angelou
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