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Raising kids is like nailing Jell-O to a tree. Maya Angelou
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Age is nothing; waking up is everything. Maya Angelou
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Laugh as much as you can. Maya Angelou
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My great blessing is my son, but I have daughters. I have white ones and Black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain. I have gay ones and straight. I have daughters. I have Asian ones, I have Jewish ones, I have Muslim ones. Maya Angelou
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If I'm here, I'll be trying to be a better human being, a better writer, a better friend and a better beloved. Maya Angelou
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Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible. Maya Angelou
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I believe that each of us comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. So at this wonderful, young age of 65, I don't know yet what the Lord has for me to do. I try to live up to the energy and to the calling, but I wouldn't dare say I have even scratched the surface yet. Maya Angelou
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It is better to control oneself, if one can, and not hit back. But on certain occasions, it is imperative to defend oneself. I don't think it's fair to ask anybody not to defend herself or himself. Maya Angelou
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Because of technological breakthroughs, the society will need fewer and fewer unskilled laborers. Maya Angelou
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If you happen to fall in love with someone in another race, it's more difficult, because you have to translate yourself. Maya Angelou
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You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Maya Angelou
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I answer the heroic question Death, where is thy sting? with It is here in my heart and mind and memories. Maya Angelou
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I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass. Maya Angelou
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I also wear a hat or a very tightly pulled head tie when I write. I suppose I hope by doing that I will keep my brains from seeping out of my scalp and running in great gray blobs down my neck, into my ears, and over my face. Maya Angelou
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There is a world of difference between facts and the truth. You can have so many facts that you don't deal with the truth. You never get to the truth. You have the places where, the people who, the times when, the reasons why, the methods how - blah blah. And never get to the human truth. The human truth is as elusive as the air. And as important as the air. Maya Angelou
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The subject of the poem usually dictates the rhythm or the rhyme and its form. Sometimes, when you finish the poem and you think the poem is finished, the poem says, "You're not finished with me yet," and you have to go back and revise, and you may have another poem altogether. It has its own life to live. Maya Angelou
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I can see in the acorn the oak tree. I see the growth, the rebuilding, the restoring. I see that is the American psyche. There is so much we can draw understanding from. One of the lessons is the development of courage. Because without courage, you can't practice any of the other virtues consistently. Maya Angelou
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Anger is like fire. It burns all clean. Maya Angelou
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Be courageous, but not foolhardy. Walk proud as you are. Maya Angelou
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Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. 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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Beneath the skin, beyond the differing features and into the true heart of being, fundamentally, we are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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I note the obvious differences between each sort and type, but we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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Your life is much more important that you can imagine... it is your first treasure. Maya Angelou
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We can only know where we're going if we know where we've been. Maya Angelou
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I certainly do not adore the writer's discipline. I have lost lovers, endangered friendships, and blundered into eccentricity, impelled by a concentration which usually is to be found only in the minds of people about to be executed in the next half hour. Maya Angelou
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Difficult is a far cry from impossible. The distance between these two lies hope. Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space at the same time. Invite one to stay. Maya Angelou
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When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. Maya Angelou
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This is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing. 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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I did what I knew.. when I knew better, I did better Maya Angelou
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Pretty Women Wonder Where My Secret Lies, Im Not Cute Or Built To Fit A Fashion Models Size. Maya Angelou
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The future is plump with promise. Maya Angelou
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All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood. Maya Angelou
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You build your 'COURAGE MUSCLE' daily, by being courageous in little things. Just do right.. Maya Angelou
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You can only become great at something you are willing to sacrifice for Maya Angelou
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If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape Maya Angelou
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I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. Maya Angelou
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'God put the rainbow in the clouds, not just in the sky'... It is wise to realize we already have rainbows in our clouds, or we wouldn't be here. If the rainbow is in the clouds, then in the worst of time, there is the possibility of seeing hope... We can say 'I can be a rainbow in the cloud for someone yet to be.' That may be our calling. Maya Angelou
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Original thinking migrates each day in search of nourishment. Maya Angelou
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I answer the heroic question, 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is in my heart and mind and memories. Maya Angelou
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This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. Maya Angelou
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In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. Maya Angelou
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You want me to do something... tell me I can't do it. Maya Angelou
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One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it. Maya Angelou
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If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls. Maya Angelou
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Love costs all we are and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free. A Brave and Startling Truth. Maya Angelou
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Courage allows the successful woman to fail - and to learn powerful lessons from the failure - so that in the end, she didn't fail at all. Maya Angelou
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Every journey begins with a single step. Maya Angelou
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I'm convinced that I'm a child of God. That's wonderful, exhilarating, liberating, full of promise. But the burden which goes along with that is, I'm convinced that everybody is a child of God. . . . I weep a lot. I thank God I laugh a lot, too. The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry. Maya Angelou
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When asked how she knows when her writing is where she wants it to be: "I know when it's the best I can do. It may not be the best there is. Another writer may do it much better. But I know when it's the best I can do. I know that one of the great arts that the writer develops is the art of saying, 'No. No, I'm finished. Bye.' And leaving it alone. I will not write it into the ground. I will not write the life out of it. I won't do that." Maya Angelou
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I'm a feminist. I've been a female for a long time now. It'd be stupid not to be on my own side. Maya Angelou
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Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear. Maya Angelou
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Inscribed on the temple of Apollo Maya Angelou
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I am a child of God. I always carry that with me. Maya Angelou
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Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. Maya Angelou
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One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Maya Angelou
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In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise. Maya Angelou
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. Maya Angelou
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Eating is so intimate. It's very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you're inviting a person into your life. Maya Angelou
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We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike. Maya Angelou
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I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I'm a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself - all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve. Maya Angelou
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