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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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Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better. Maya Angelou
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. Maya Angelou
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style Maya Angelou
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Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life. Maya Angelou
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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. Maya Angelou
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We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed. Maya Angelou
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The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom. Maya Angelou
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When you learn, teach, when you get, give. Maya Angelou
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It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. Maya Angelou
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We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share. 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 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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My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me - to a lot of people. Maya Angelou
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Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it. Maya Angelou
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A certain person wondered why a big strong girl like me wouldn't keep a job which paid a normal salary. I took my time to lead her and to read her every page. Even minimal people can't survive on minimal wage. A certain person wondered why I wait all week for you. I didn't have the words to describe just what you do. I said you had the motion of the ocean in your walk, and when you solve my riddles you don't even have to talk. Maya Angelou
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Food served is always more than just food served. That is to say, it is more than just fuel for the body. Depending upon who has prepared the food and who has served it and with what spirit, it can uplift the-and around the world, in every culture, food is used to flirt, to be coy, a raise in the employment or to search for employment. It can bring warring factions together. Maya Angelou
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If you have, give. If you learn, teach. Maya Angelou
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The breezes of the West African night were intimate and shy, licking the hair, sweeping through cotton dresses with unseemly intimacy, then disappearing into the utter blackness. Maya Angelou
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Reality has changed chameleonlike before my eyes so many times that I have learned, or am learning, to trust almost anything except what appears to be so. Maya Angelou
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Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable thing in and around the child, the region's only enfranchised citizen. Maya Angelou
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Without defeats, how do you really know who the hell you are? If you never had to stand up to something - to get up, to be knocked down, and to get up again - life can walk over you wearing football cleats. But each time you do get up, you're bigger, taller, finer, more beautiful, more kind, more understanding, more loving. Each time you get up, you're more inclusive. More people can stand under your umbrella. Maya Angelou
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Human beings are more alike than unalike. Whether in Paris, Texas, or Paris, France, we all want to have good jobs where we are needed and respected and paid just a little more than we deserve. We want healthy children, safe streets, to be loved and have the unmitigated gall to accept love. If we are religious, we want a place to perpetuate God. If not, we want a good lecture every once in a while. And everyone wants someplace to party on Saturday nights. Maya Angelou
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A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer. Maya Angelou
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