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Maya Angelou
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The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world. Maya Angelou
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Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else. Maya Angelou
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I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me. Maya Angelou
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I think when we don't know what to do it's wise to do nothing. Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply. Maya Angelou
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I learned a long time ago the wisest thing I can do is be on my own side, be an advocate for myself and others like me, if I do that well enough, then I'll be able to look after someone else - the children or the husband or the elderly. But I have to look after myself first. I know that some people think that's being selfish, I think that's being self-full. Maya Angelou
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If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed. Maya Angelou
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You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated. Maya Angelou
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There is something more - the spirit, or the soul. I think that that quality encourages our courtesy and care and our minds. And mercy, and identity. Maya Angelou
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Oh, Black known and unknown poets, how often have your auctioned pains sustained us? Who will compute the lonely nights made less lonely by your songs, or by the empty pots made less tragic by your tales? If we were a people much given to revealing secrets, we might raise monuments and sacrifice to the memories of our poets, but slavery cured us of that weakness. Maya Angelou
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The dread of futility has been my life-long plague. Maya Angelou
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You only are free when you realize you belong no place - you belong every place - no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. Maya Angelou
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It is sad but true that sometimes we need the tragedy to help us to see how human we are and how we are more alike than we are different. Maya Angelou
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But still, like air, I'll rise Maya Angelou
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I do not believe that the accident of birth makes people sisters and brothers. It makes them siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood are conditions people have to work at. It's a serious matter. You compromise, you give, you take, you stand firm, and you're relentless...And it is an investment. Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I'm married to someone who is very jealous and you're married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come. Maya Angelou
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As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may not remember your name but they will never forget the way you made them feel. Maya Angelou
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When teachers or people in authority put me down or in one way or another tried to make me feel less than equal to what they thought I should be - my mother was on my side. It was amazing. Maya Angelou
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When I'm 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. Maya Angelou
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I was grateful to see President Obama's victory speech. I was over the moon to see the audience. There were about 60 percent white voters the other 40 percent were African Americans, Asian, Spanish speaking etc. I wept at that spectacle, it told me that the pundits that continue in our country to try to polarize us, to keep us apart, are not succeeding. Americans are waking up not only to the truth, but the truth in each other. Hallelujah! 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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Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. Maya Angelou
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If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult. 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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If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers. Maya Angelou
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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou
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I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I'm praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I'm grateful that I'm heard. Maya Angelou
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I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. 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. Maya Angelou
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Hold those things that tell your history and protect them. During slavery, who was able to read or write or keep anything? The ability to have somebody to tell your story to is so important. It says: 'I was here. I may be sold tomorrow. But you know I was here.' Maya Angelou
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I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool - and I'm not any of those - to say that I don't write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues. Maya Angelou
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Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright's pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace. Maya Angelou
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I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. Maya Angelou
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In a long meter hymn, a singer - they call it 'lays out a line.' And then the whole church joins in in repeating that line. And they form a wall of harmony so tight, you can't wedge a pin between it. Maya Angelou
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Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery. Maya Angelou
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I became the kind of parent my mother was to me. Maya Angelou
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What humility does for one is it reminds us that there are people before me. I have already been paid for. And what I need to do is prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who has yet to come but who may be here and needs me. Maya Angelou
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On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden. Maya Angelou
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Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it's right, it's easy. It's the other way round, too. If it's slovenly written, then it's hard to read. It doesn't give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader. Maya Angelou
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Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age. Maya Angelou
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I've never had a dislike for men. I've been badly treated by some. But I've been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them. Maya Angelou
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It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can't do anything with that except do it. Maya Angelou
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It's still scary every time I go back to the past. Each morning, my heart catches. When I get there, I remember how the light was, where the draft was coming from, what odors were in the air. When I write, I get all the weeping out. Maya Angelou
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Of course, there are those critics - New York critics as a rule - who say, 'Well, Maya Angelou has a new book out and of course it's good but then she's a natural writer.' Those are the ones I want to grab by the throat and wrestle to the floor because it takes me forever to get it to sing. I work at the language. Maya Angelou
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I'm a serious aficionada of country music - Reba McEntire, Toby Keith, Montgomery Gentry. I've even written some songs. They haven't done anything of mine yet. But it's only a matter of time. Maya Angelou
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When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon - all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different. Maya Angelou
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I love the song 'I Hope You Dance' by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it. Maya Angelou
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Achievement brings its own anticlimax. Maya Angelou
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The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are. Maya Angelou
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I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English. Maya Angelou
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I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But I like - if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them. Maya Angelou
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Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities. Maya Angelou
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The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. Maya Angelou
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While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation. Maya Angelou
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I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good. Maya Angelou
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What we really have to do is take a day and sit down and think. The world is not going to end or fall apart. Jobs won't be lost. Kids will not run crazy in one day. Lovers won't stop speaking to you. Husbands and wives are not going to disappear. Just take that one day and think. Don't read. Don't write. No television, no radio, no distractions. Sit down and think. . . . Go sit in a church, or in the park, or take a long walk and think. Call it a healing day. Maya Angelou
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No not me go find someone else to bring down Maya Angelou
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Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it! Maya Angelou
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I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. Maya Angelou
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We are all human; therefore, nothing human can be alien to us. Maya Angelou
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If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? Maya Angelou
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They who have health have hope; and they who have hope, have everything. Maya Angelou
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You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. Maya Angelou
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When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. Maya Angelou
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Let me tell so much truth. I want to tell the truth in my work. The truth will lead me to all. Maya Angelou
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We are loved by Love itself. There is nothing good that we can't do. Maya Angelou
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If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. Maya Angelou
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He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his. Maya Angelou
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We do the best we can with what we know, and when we know better, we do better. Maya Angelou
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And one of my absolute favorite quotes of all-time, one that I've adopted as one of my greatest life mottos: Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go." Maya Angelou
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Thank you, always say thank you; it's the greatest gift you can give someone; because thank you is what you say to God. Maya Angelou
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Never, never let a person know you're frightened. And a group of them ... absolutely never. Fear brings out the worst in everybody. Maya Angelou
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