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Maya Angelou
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Don't bring negative to my door. Maya Angelou
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At our best, we are all teachers Maya Angelou
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You think you may not be heard. Speak anyway. 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. Maya Angelou
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There's a place in you that you must keep inviolate. You must keep it pristine. Clean. So that nobody has a right to curse you or treat you badly. Nobody. No mother, father, no wife, no husband, no-nobody. You have to have a place where you say: 'Stop it. Back up. Don't you know I'm a child of God? Maya Angelou
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The charitable say in effect, 'I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.' Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings. Maya Angelou
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When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe. Maya Angelou
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Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence neither speed up nor slow down add to nor diminish it is an imponderably valuable gift. Maya Angelou
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Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style. Maya Angelou
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I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. Maya Angelou
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When I am writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we're capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness. I'm trying for that. But I'm also trying for the language. I'm trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for wate it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language. Maya Angelou
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A story went the rounds about a San Franciscan white matron who refused to sit beside a Negro civilian on the streetcar, even after he made room for her on the seat. Her explanation was that she would not sit beside a draft dodger who was a Negro as well. She added that the least he could do was fight for his country the way her son was fighting on Iwo Jima. The story said that the man pulled his body away from the window to show an armless sleeve. He said quietly and with great dignity, "Then ask your son to look around for my arm, which I left over there. Maya Angelou
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To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision. Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflict than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity. Maya Angelou
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My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. Maya Angelou
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A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim. Maya Angelou
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Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. Maya Angelou
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Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman. Maya Angelou
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I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. Maya Angelou
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In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. Maya Angelou
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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 something back. Maya Angelou
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I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me. Maya Angelou
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All great achievements require time. Maya Angelou
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A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. Maya Angelou
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The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken. Maya Angelou
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Nothing succeeds like success. Get a little success, and then just get a little more. Maya Angelou
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I know some people might think it odd - unworthy even - for me to have written a cookbook, but I make no apologies. The U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins thought I had demeaned myself by writing poetry for Hallmark Cards, but I am the people's poet so I write for the people. Maya Angelou
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As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them. Maya Angelou
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I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know. Maya Angelou
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We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders. Maya Angelou
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Courage - you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. Maya Angelou
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If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. Maya Angelou
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One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can't swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it's what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance. Maya Angelou
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Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. Maya Angelou
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I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is. Maya Angelou
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I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they'll do wonders. I count on them. Maya Angelou
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When younger writers and poets, musicians and painters are weakened by a stemming of funds, they come to me saddened, not as full of dreams and excitement and ideas. I am then weakened and diminished, and made less rich. Maya Angelou
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You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise. Maya Angelou
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No one has ever become poor from giving. Maya Angelou
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Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. Maya Angelou
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A woman needs someone she can trust, someone who laughs when she laughs, but who has different ideas so she can learn from and teach to them. She needs someone who will stand up with her and encourage her to be a woman-not just a female. See where you are, admit what you know, and what you need, and search for a sister friend. Maya Angelou
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By no amount of agile exercising of a wistful imagination could my mother have been called lenient. Generous she was; indulgent never. Kind, yes, permissive, never. In her world, people she accepted paddled their own canoes, pulled their own weight, put their own shoulders to their own plows and pushed like hell. Maya Angelou
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Poetry and music are the best at the highest level of the human mind. Out of poetry, out of their need for poetry, human beings have developed the idea of God. And so when we sing, when we dance, when we speak poetry we are speaking out of God's mouth, each other out of the music from God's heart. Maya Angelou
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Happiness is a chance to talk to a friend, to hear good music, to have a good glass of wine. Happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom I agree or who I don't agree but I can learn something. Maya Angelou
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Depending on who I am talking about or who's talking through me - if the person is a kind of hip-hop, or rhythm and blues person, or if the person is a kind of old-fashion gothic, meaning gothic attitude, then that will determine what form the poem will take. Maya Angelou
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Light and shadow are opposite sides of the same coin. We can illuminate our paths or darken our way. It is a matter of choice. Maya Angelou
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Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure. Maya Angelou
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The difference between charity and philanthropy is the distance of the soul... To be philanthropic is to give something, to be charitable is to give one's own heart. Maya Angelou
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I believe talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that. I believe every person is born with talent. Maya Angelou
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If you have done the best you can do and if you have gotten all you could extract from something, you have given all you had to give, then the time has come when you can do no more than say thank you and move on. Maya Angelou
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Poetry helps my soul escape its encasement. Maya Angelou
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I would welcome a friendship with Lynne Hinton. I would welcome an invitation to sit down at her table, but mostly I would welcome her next book. Maya Angelou
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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go. Maya Angelou
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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. Maya Angelou
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When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter and better. Maya Angelou
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Everybody is worth everything. Maya Angelou
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Dr. [Martin Luther] King was a human being. He had a sense of humor which was wonderful. Maya Angelou
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Those who have something to say accept the fact that that's lonely. One already knows that there will be adversaries. Maya Angelou
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If somebody is really trying to take your head off with a baseball bat - I don't know how long you're supposed to stand there and turn the other cheek, so he or she can get a better angle at taking your head off. Maya Angelou
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I do hope that young men and women will start to think for themselves and start to take responsibility for their own thoughts. Maya Angelou
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My heart is so heavy when I see the reality of the Indian reservation and as an American, I know I am, too, responsible. Maya Angelou
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The truth is very important. No matter how negative it is, it is imperative that you learn the truth, not necessarily the facts. I mean, that, that can come, but facts can stand in front of the truth and almost obscure the truth. It is imperative that students learn the truth of our history. Maya Angelou
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It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history. Maya Angelou
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When you know you are of worth, you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude, you don't have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest. Maya Angelou
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Petulant priests, greedy centurions, and one million incensed gestures stand between your love and me. 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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I do not think of myself as unusually creative. I think we all come from the creator, each human being streaming with the glory. So each one of us is creative. Maya Angelou
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If our children are to approve of themselves, they must see that we approve of ourselves. Maya Angelou
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The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US - in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump, shout and go to school somehow. Their optimism gives me hope. Maya Angelou
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Mostly, what I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one's bones and cragginess of one's once-silken skin, is this: Do it. By all means, do it. Maya Angelou
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It may in fact be utterly impossible to be successful without helping others to become successful. Maya Angelou
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