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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 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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The idea of overcoming is always fascinating to me. It's fascinating because few of us realize how much energy we have expended just to be here today. I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for the overcoming. Maya Angelou
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To make a difference is not a matter of accident...People CHOOSE to make a difference. Maya Angelou
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Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure. Maya Angelou
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I love living. I love that I'm alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn't wake this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did. I love, too, that I know a little more today than I did yesterday, or I simply know it more profoundly. 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 the grantor's gift. Maya Angelou
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Continue to be bold, courageous. Try to choose the wisest thing and once you've chosen the wisest thing go out and try to achieve it. Be it. Maya Angelou
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Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot. Maya Angelou
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Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. The struggle for equality continues unabated, and the woman warrior who is armed with wit and courage will be among the first to celebrate victory. Maya Angelou
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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you. 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. Love arrives and in its train come ecstasies old memories of pleasure ancient histories of pain. Yet if we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. We are weaned from our timidity 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 can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou
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We need much less than we think we need. Maya Angelou
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Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less. Maya Angelou
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I don't trust any revolution where love is not allowed. Maya Angelou
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I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music. Maya Angelou
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It is important that we learn humility, which says there was someone else before me who paid for me. My responsibility is to prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who is yet to come. Maya Angelou
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The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library Maya Angelou
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We are not our brother's keeper we are our brother and we are our sister. We must look past complexion and see community. Maya Angelou
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Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That's the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don't grow up. Maya Angelou
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I'm grateful to be of use. I will not be misused or abused, but I will be of use to anybody. Maya Angelou
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I'm a writer and writers either have good memories or nothing at all. Maya Angelou
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I have no modesty. Modesty is a learned affectation. It's like decal stuck up on a person. Maya Angelou
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I think the more we know the better we are. I mean not just facts. The more we know about each other, the closer we are to learn something about our selves. Maya Angelou
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A Woman in Harmony with her Spirit is like a river flowing ... Maya Angelou
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Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. Maya Angelou
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The area where we are the greatest is the area in which we inspire, encourage and connect with another human being. Maya Angelou
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Forgive yourself - no one else will. Maya Angelou
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Stand up straight and realize who you are, that you tower over your circumstances. You are a child of God. Stand up straight. Maya Angelou
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Every experience shapes your writing, being stuck in a car on a lonely bridge, or dancing at a prom, being the it girl on the beach, all of those things influence your life, they influence how you write, and the topics you choose to write about. Maya Angelou
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Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I do' 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 ca' use up creativity. The more you use it, the more you have. Maya Angelou
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Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn't know what I was aware of. I knew I knew very little, but I was certain that the things I had yet to learn wouldn't be taught to me at George Washington High School. Maya Angelou
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Let's tell the truth to people. When people ask, 'How are you?' have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avaoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don't want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you. Maya Angelou
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I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness. Maya Angelou
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Maya Angelou
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Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. Maya Angelou
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Just as hope rings through laughter, it can also shine through tears. Maya Angelou
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The truth will lead me to all. Maya Angelou
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The most important thing is to DARE. Maya Angelou
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I want to be a good human being. I'm doing my best, and I'm working at it. Maya Angelou
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It's hard because people think they have something to lose and the truth is they have everything to gain in trying to love somebody. Maya Angelou
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You can't really know where you are going until you know where you have been. Maya Angelou
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I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life. Maya Angelou
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I went to sleep last night And I arose with the dawn, I know that there are others Who're still sleeping on, They've gone away, You've let me stay, I want to thank You. Maya Angelou
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I have need of a friend. There is one and only one who will give the air from his failing lungs for my body's mend. And that one is my love. Maya Angelou
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Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us. Maya Angelou
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My grandmother told me that every good thing I do helps some human being in the world. I believed her 50 years ago and still do. Maya Angelou
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Just because I am wheelchair-bound doesn't mean I don't get around. Maya Angelou
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All God's children need traveling shoes. Maya Angelou
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Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood. Maya Angelou
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We are missing Michael. But we do know we had him, and we are the world. Maya Angelou
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There are some nights when sleep plays coy, aloof and disdainful. And all the wiles that I employ to win its service to my side are useless as wounded pride, and much more painful. Maya Angelou
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No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again and bring the dawn. Maya Angelou
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Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations. Maya Angelou
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Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it; to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other. Maya Angelou
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