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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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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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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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Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn't undermine the fact that they built the churches and maintain the pulpits. Maya Angelou
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I know, that since life is our most precious gift, and as far as we can be absolutely certain, it's given to us to live but once, let us so live we will not regret years of useless virtue, and inertia, and timidity, and ignorance, and in our last moments we can say: 'All my life, all my conscious energies, have been dedicated to the most noble cause in the world, the liberation of the human mind and spirit - beginning with my own'. Maya Angelou
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If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. Maya Angelou
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When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I'll try, yes, I'll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can't do? Maya Angelou
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Take a day to heal from the lies you've told yourself and the ones that have been told to you. Maya Angelou
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Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art. Maya Angelou
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We love and lose in China, we weep on England's moors, and laugh and moan in Guinea, and thrive on Spanish shores. We seek success in Finland, are born and die in Maine. In minor ways we differ, in major we're the same. Maya Angelou
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Be present in all things and thankful for all things. Maya Angelou
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If funkytown was a trailerpark, this guy would be a double-wide. 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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A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing. She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself Maya Angelou
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I've had people explain to me what one of my poems meant, and I've been surprised that it means that to them. If a person can use a poem of mine to interpret her life or his life, good. I can't control that. Nor would I want to. Maya Angelou
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There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, a place that you must keep clean. A place where you say to any intruder, "Back up, don't you know I'm a child of God. Maya Angelou
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Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good. 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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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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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Do' make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people ca' take their eyes off of you. 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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Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, "Uh oh, they"re going to find out now. I"ve run a game on everybody and they"re going to find me out. Maya Angelou
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Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Do' do that. Some day we"ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you. Maya Angelou
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Its not where your dreams take you, its where you take your dreams. Maya Angelou
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Look for the beauty in things. Maya Angelou
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Troubles are a blessing that force you to change, to believe. 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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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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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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If I could give you one thought, it would be to lift someone up. Lift a stranger up-lift her up. I would ask you, mother and father, brother and sister, lovers, mother and daughter, father and son, lift someone. The very idea of lifting someone up will lift you, as well. Maya Angelou
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People have to feel needed. Frequently, we just offer a job and 'perks.' We don't always offer people a purpose. When people feel there is a purpose and that they're needed, there's not much else to do except let them do the work. Maya Angelou
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If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn't it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived? Maya Angelou
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If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully. Maya Angelou
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Life loves the liver of it. You must live and life will be good to you. Maya Angelou
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We must be warriors in the struggle against ignorance Maya Angelou
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I couldn't tell fact from fiction, Or if the dream was true My only sure prediction In this world was you. I'd touch your features inchly. Beard love and dared the cost, The sented spiel reeled me unreal And I found my senses lost. Maya Angelou
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You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it. Maya Angelou
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Until recently each generation found it more expedient to plead guilty to the charge of being young and ignorant, easier to take the punishment meted out by the older generation (which had itself confessed to the same crime short years before). The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth. Maya Angelou
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