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Best Maya Angelou quotes

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.

  • inspirational

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

  • priority

Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

  • character

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

  • valentines



We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

  • Defeat

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.

  • yourself

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

  • creativity

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

  • Ritual

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.

  • surviving

The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.

  • people

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.

  • living

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

  • music

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

  • fantasy

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

  • truth

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

  • Hope

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.

  • inspirational

When you know better you do better.

  • education

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

  • Success

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.

  • family

I believe that every person is born with talent.

  • Talent

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

  • Actions

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.

  • Anger

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

  • beauty

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

  • awareness

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.

  • bravery

A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.

  • Women

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!

  • inspirational

I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me.

  • feminism

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

  • Children

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

  • Anger


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I know why the caged bird sings. - Maya Angelou

I know why the caged bird sings.


If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me? - Maya Angelou

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?


A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song. - Maya Angelou

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.


Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it. - Maya Angelou

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it.


We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.


Be a rainbow in someone elses cloud. - Maya Angelou

Be a rainbow in someone elses cloud.


There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth. - Maya Angelou

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.


I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh. - Maya Angelou

I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.


Nothing can dim the light which shines from within. - Maya Angelou

Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.


A friend may be waiting behind a strangers face. - Maya Angelou

A friend may be waiting behind a strangers face.


The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. - Maya Angelou

The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.


In diversity there is beauty and there is strength. - Maya Angelou

In diversity there is beauty and there is strength.


I don't trust anyone who doesnt laugh. - Maya Angelou

I don't trust anyone who doesnt laugh.


I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being. - Maya Angelou

I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.


Determine to live life with flair and laughter. - Maya Angelou

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.


The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. - Maya Angelou

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself.


We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. - Maya Angelou

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.


When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed. - Maya Angelou

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed.


No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn. - Maya Angelou

No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn.


If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. - Maya Angelou

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.


Success is liking yourself,liking what you do, and liking how you do it. - Maya Angelou

Success is liking yourself,liking what you do, and liking how you do it.


HATE. Caused a lot of problems but not solved one! - Maya Angelou

HATE. Caused a lot of problems but not solved one!


I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. - Maya Angelou

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.


Try to be a rainbow in someones cloud. - Maya Angelou

Try to be a rainbow in someones cloud.


Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. - Maya Angelou

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.


I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. - Maya Angelou

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.


Nothing will work unless you do. - Maya Angelou

Nothing will work unless you do.


Try to be a rainbow in someones cloud. - Maya Angelou

Try to be a rainbow in someones cloud.


There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.  - Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.


If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. - Maya Angelou

If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.


You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have - Maya Angelou

You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have


You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have - Maya Angelou

You can't use up creativity, the more you use, the more you have


Don't bring negative to my door . - Maya Angelou

Don't bring negative to my door .


Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but is has not solved one yet. - Maya Angelou

Hate. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but is has not solved one yet.


Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud ~Maya Angelou - Maya Angelou

Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud ~Maya Angelou


Where is Maya Angelou from? Maya Angelou is American. A recognized poet. The following quotations and images represent the American peculiarities embed in Maya Angelou's character.

What Maya Angelou was famous for? Maya Angelou is famous poet with many good quotes. Wise sayings can be accessed and memorized. Maya Angelou is well-known and respected in American society.

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Maya Angelou quotes about people

What are the best people quotations by Maya Angelou?

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

  • priority

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

  • valentines

The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.

  • people

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

  • beauty

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

  • people

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

  • education

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

  • learning

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.

  • good

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.

  • truth

I never had that feeling that I had to carry the weight of somebody's ignorance around with me. And that was true for racists who wanted to use the 'n' word when talking about me or about my people, or the stupidity of people who really wanted to belittle other folks because they weren't pretty or they weren't rich or they weren't clever.

  • ignorance

The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can't practice any other virtues consistently.

  • courage

I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, 'Oh, you know, I can use this word because I'm black.'

  • black

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.

  • music

I think Clinton, after getting into office and into Washington, was shocked at being bludgeoned. So he spent time trying to be all things to all people - one way guaranteed not to be successful or respected in a lion's den. You can't just play around with all those big cats - you've got to take somebody on.

  • time

I'm just like you - I want to be a good human being. I'm doing my best, and I'm working at it. And I'm trying to be a Christian. I'm always amazed when people walk up to me and say, 'I'm a Christian.' I always think, 'Already? You've already got it?' I'm working at it. And at my age, I'll still be working at it at 96.

  • good

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.

  • myself

Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I'd listen to Italian music.

  • music

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

  • heart

If I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in people's hands - and, I hope, in their heart.

  • hope

Living in a state of terror was new to many white people in America, but black people have been living in a state of terror in this country for more than 400 years.

  • black

If I walked into the kitchen without washing my hands as a kid, I'd hear a loud 'A-hem!' from my mother or grandmother. Now I count on other people to do the same.

  • mother

I'm always disappointed when people don't live up to their potential. I know that a number of people look down on themselves and consequently on everybody who looks like them. But that, too, can change.

  • change

My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.

  • blessing

At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn't matter. You said, 'That's an American' because there's a readiness to smile and to talk to people.

  • smile

Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, 'I'm not worthy of being written up in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth.' Timidity keeps people from their good. They are afraid to say, 'Yes, I deserve it.'

  • good

Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs... I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole.

  • heart

It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.

  • people

I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.

  • life

I admire people who dare to take the language, English, and understand it and understand the melody.

  • people

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Maya Angelou quotes about life

What are the best life quotations by Maya Angelou?

Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

  • character

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.

  • living

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

  • Life

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.

  • Life

Touched by an Angel - 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.

  • life

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

  • measured

Life loves the liver of it.

  • Life

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."

  • kid

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.

  • life

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

  • life

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.

  • life

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.

  • life

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'

  • life

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.

  • life

My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.

  • life

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

  • life

Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say, 'That's life.'

  • life

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.

  • life

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.

  • life

In a magazine, one can get - from cover to cover - 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.

  • life

At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn't speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn't speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family.

  • life

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.

  • life

If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first.

  • life

I'm considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I've never been bored in my life.

  • life

I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.

  • life

I was born in St. Louis but lived there just for a few minutes in my life.

  • life

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Maya Angelou quotes about love

What are the best love quotations by Maya Angelou?

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

  • valentines

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

  • die

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

  • always

Touched by an Angel - 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.

  • life

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.

  • Love

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 you.

  • accomplishment

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

  • love

Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.

  • love

Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

  • love

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.

  • love

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.

  • love

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

  • love

The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

  • family

The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.

  • love

Loving someone liberates the lover as well as the beloved. And that kind of love comes with age.

  • love

I love wisdom. And you can never be great at anything unless you love it. Not be in love with it, but love the thing, admire the thing. And it seems that if you love the thing, and you don't just want to possess it, it will find you.

  • love

I love a Hebrew National hot dog with an ice-cold Corona - no lime. If the phone rings, I won't answer until I'm done.

  • love

I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.

  • love

Human beings love poetry. They don't even know it sometimes... whether they're the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber... they're listening to poetry.

  • love

I love the melodies in the Old Testament, how preachers highlight them when they read from the Scripture. But I was influenced forever by the New Testament. I love the Beatitudes, informing us that the meek shall inherit the earth.

  • love

Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness.

  • women

The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

  • women

I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate.

  • love

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.

  • love

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Maya Angelou quotes about time

What are the best time quotations by Maya Angelou?

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.

  • beauty

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

  • always

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.

  • Time

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

  • relationship

Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.

  • love

I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me.

  • myself

My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God - I thank God every time I think of it - I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.

  • mother

For a person who grew up in the '30s and '40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, 'Here I am, read me.' Over time I have learned I am at my best around books.

  • best

I don't know how much longer I'll be around. I'll probably be writing when the Lord says, 'Maya, Maya Angelou, it's time.'

  • time

The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful. As a grown woman she would be known as the butter-colored lady with the blowback hair.

  • beautiful

What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good.

  • good

I think Clinton, after getting into office and into Washington, was shocked at being bludgeoned. So he spent time trying to be all things to all people - one way guaranteed not to be successful or respected in a lion's den. You can't just play around with all those big cats - you've got to take somebody on.

  • time

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.

  • myself

At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn't speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn't speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family.

  • life

If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first.

  • life

All information belongs to everybody all the time. It should be available. It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone. It should be open.

  • man

I'm considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I've never been bored in my life.

  • life

Growing up, I decided, a long time ago, I wouldn't accept any manmade differences between human beings, differences made at somebody else's insistence or someone else's whim or convenience.

  • time

I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry - writing at writing.

  • myself

At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn't matter. You said, 'That's an American' because there's a readiness to smile and to talk to people.

  • smile

I long for the time when all human history is taught as one history, because it really is.

  • history

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.

  • morning

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.

  • music

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Maya Angelou quotes about myself

What are the best myself quotations by Maya Angelou?

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.

  • god

At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

  • myself

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

  • home

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.

  • work

I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me.

  • myself

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.

  • myself

I read the Bible to myself; I'll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.

  • myself

I respect myself and insist upon it from everybody. And because I do it, I then respect everybody, too.

  • myself

I promised myself that I would write as well as I can, tell the truth, not to tell everything I know, but to make sure that everything I tell is true, as I understand it. And to use the eloquence which my language affords me.

  • myself

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.

  • myself

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.

  • myself

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.

  • myself

I'm considered wise, and sometimes I see myself as knowing. Most of the time, I see myself as wanting to know. And I see myself as a very interested person. I've never been bored in my life.

  • life

The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I'll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.

  • myself

I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry - writing at writing.

  • myself

I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.

  • life

I created myself. I have taught myself so much.

  • myself

I know that I'm not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don't know how not to.

  • myself

I'm very, very serious - I'm serious enough not to take myself too seriously. That means I can be completely wedded to the moment. But when I leave that moment, I want to be completely wedded to the next moment.

  • myself

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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

  • celebrate

If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.

  • die

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.

  • burden

I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

  • people



My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.

  • Humor

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.

  • Despair

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

  • Life

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.

  • opportunity

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.

  • god

Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.

  • Education

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.

  • Life

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.

  • Nature

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.

  • Literary

...there is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I

  • Stubbornness

We need much less than we think we need.

  • contentment

The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.

  • Change

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.

  • Smile

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

  • always

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

  • Education

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

  • agony

I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.

  • learn

I answer the heroic question Death where is thy sting? It is here in my heart and mind and memories

  • Death

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

  • believing

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

  • accomplish

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.

  • Time

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.

  • become

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me.

  • phenomenal

Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.

  • poetry

It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don

  • Ignorance

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.

  • Solitude

Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.

  • Work

Out of the huts of history's shame I rise Up from a past that's rooted in pain I rise I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide, Welling and swelling I bear in the tide. Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear I rise Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

  • poem

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.

  • deeper

Touched by an Angel - 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.

  • life

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

  • measured

When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.

  • gratefully

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

  • liking

Life loves the liver of it.

  • Life

If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.

  • reality

Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.

  • Children

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.

  • God

The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.

  • Men

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

  • travel

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."

  • kid

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.

  • brotherhood

You can’t really know where you are going until you know where you have been.

  • wisdom

You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody

  • wisdom

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

  • relationship

At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

  • myself

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.

  • Belief

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.

  • Journeys

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.

  • Love

Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.

  • Responsibility

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.

  • achievement

One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

  • kind

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.

  • angelou

For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.

  • africa

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.

  • acceptance

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

  • education

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

  • literature

Be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud.

  • rainbow

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.

  • wisdom

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.

  • yourself

My work is to be honest. My work is to try to think clearly, then have the courage to make sure that what I say is the truth.

  • honesty

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 you.

  • accomplishment

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.

  • blessing

I was told many years ago by my grandmother who raised me: If somebody puts you on a road and you don’t feel comfortable on it and you look ahead and you don’t like the destination and you look behind and you don’t want to return to that place, step off the road.

  • wisdom

I not only have the right to stand up for myself, but I have the responsibility. I can’t ask somebody else to stand up for me if I won’t stand up for myself. And once you stand up for yourself, you’d be surprised that people say, “Can I be of help?”

  • responsibility

Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.

  • hate

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

  • inspirational

I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.

  • happen

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

  • home

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.

  • life

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

  • inspirational

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

  • learning

I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.

  • heart

A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.

  • woman

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.

  • god

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

  • love

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

  • you

We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It's wise to know where you come from, who called your name.

  • women

It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

  • forgiveness

Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.

  • love

My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.

  • prayer

I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.

  • food

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

  • courage

You may write me down in history with your bitter, twisted lines. You may trod me in the very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise.

  • history

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

  • history

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.

  • grateful

Information helps you to see that you're not alone. That there's somebody in Mississippi and somebody in Tokyo who all have wept, who've all longed and lost, who've all been happy. So the library helps you to see, not only that you are not alone, but that you're not really any different from everyone else.

  • alone

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

  • truth

The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.

  • best

Won't it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.

  • history

If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent.

  • best

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

  • life

Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

  • love

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

  • home

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.

  • life

It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.

  • truth

If we don't plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don't have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don't have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.

  • fool

In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.

  • education

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.

  • good

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.

  • truth

We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay - and rise!

  • light

Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It's very clear.

  • sister

I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.

  • me

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.

  • see

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.

  • love

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.

  • work

Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.

  • life

I think I have had so much blessing - I've had my brother, who was brilliant - I think my family came closest to making a genius when they made my brother - Bailey was just all of that. He loved me.

  • family

In all my work, I try to say - 'You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?'

  • work

I'm working at trying to be a Christian, and that's serious business. It's like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy - it's serious business.

  • good

When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, 'Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.'

  • hell

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.

  • love

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'

  • life

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.

  • love

I got my own back.

  • my own

The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.

  • history

I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me.

  • myself

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When Maya Angelou was born? Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928.

Who is Maya Angelou? Maya Angelou biography. Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, is an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement. In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969 which was nominated for a National Book Award and called her magnum opus. Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Die (1971) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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