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Maya Angelou ( AN-jə-loh; born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.

She became a poet and writer after a string of odd jobs during her young adulthood. These included fry cook, sex worker, nightclub performer, Porgy and Bess cast member, Southern Christian Leadership Conference coordinator, and correspondent in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was also an actress, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. In 1982, she was named the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked with Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made approximately 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" (1993) at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy in 1961.

With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for Black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide, although attempts have been made to ban her books from some US libraries. Angelou's most celebrated works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics consider them to be autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes including racism, identity, family and travel.

quote by Maya Angelou: People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. with background image: man standing on sand while spreading arms beside calm body of water
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We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated. That sounds goody two-shoes, I know, but I believe that a diamond is the result of extreme pressure and time. Less time is crystal. Less than that is coal. Less than that is fossilized leaves. Less than that it's just plain dirt. In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats -- maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats -- but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be.


quote by Maya Angelou: As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good. with background image: sunset
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As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. with background image: sunset
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Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. with background image: person wearing Apple watch
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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud. with background image: rainbow
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Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I know something better is on the road for me. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I know something better is on the road for me.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, some style. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour, some style.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: 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. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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
quote by Maya Angelou: I love living. I love that I'm alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn't wake up this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I love living. I love that I'm alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn't wake up this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

As a nurse, we have the opportunity to heal the heart, mind, soul and body of our patients, their families and ourselves. They may forget your name, but they will never forget how you made them feel.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: You are not a product of your circumstances but a product of your decisions. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You are not a product of your circumstances but a product of your decisions.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: 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? with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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?

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

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?'


quote by Maya Angelou: The love of the family, the love of the person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Nothing cam dim light that shines from within. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Nothing cam dim light that shines from within.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness -- all the good things. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness -- all the good things.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Continue. Be loving and be strong. Be fierce and be kind. And don't give in and don't give up.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: If we lose our love and self-respect and respect for each other, this is how we will finally die. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, into Your brother's face, your country And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Here on the pulse of this new day, You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister's eyes, into Your brother's face, your country And say simply, Very simply, With hope, Good Morning.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.


quote by Maya Angelou: When women take care of their health, they become their best friend. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When women take care of their health, they become their best friend.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of yo… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off of you.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it's lasting me very well. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I was very blessed to have family and friends, but particularly family, who told me I was not only all right, I was just right, so I believe that my brain is a good one, and it's lasting me very well.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Shakespeare -- I was very influenced -- still am -- by Shakespeare. I couldn't believe that a white man in the 16th century could so know my heart. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Shakespeare -- I was very influenced -- still am -- by Shakespeare. I couldn't believe that a white man in the 16th century could so know my heart.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I speak a number of languages, but none are more beautiful to me than English.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: 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. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion and compassion and humor and style and generosity and kindness.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: The city became for me the ideal of what I wanted to be as a grown-up. Friendly, but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The city became for me the ideal of what I wanted to be as a grown-up. Friendly, but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I'm very blessed that I have a healthy temper. I can become quite angry and burning in anger, but I have never been bitter. Bitterness is a corrosive, terrible acid. It just eats you and makes you si… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I'm very blessed that I have a healthy temper. I can become quite angry and burning in anger, but I have never been bitter. Bitterness is a corrosive, terrible acid. It just eats you and makes you sick.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: 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. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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
quote by Maya Angelou: 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 behin… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: If you're a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don't understand talent any more than we understand electricity. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If you're a human being, you can attempt to do what other human beings have done. We don't understand talent any more than we understand electricity.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I knew I was given to dramatic overstatement, or was known to waffle about repetitiously. To further complicate matters, I was sincere. Sincerity badly stated elicits mistrust. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I knew I was given to dramatic overstatement, or was known to waffle about repetitiously. To further complicate matters, I was sincere. Sincerity badly stated elicits mistrust.

--Maya Angelou

quote by Maya Angelou: 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. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.

--Maya Angelou

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Maya Angelou: Modesty is a learned affectation. It's no good. Humility is great, because humility says, 'There was someone before me. I'm following in somebody's footsteps.' with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Modesty is a learned affectation. It's no good. Humility is great, because humility says, 'There was someone before me. I'm following in somebody's footsteps.'

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I answer the heroic question, Death, where is thy sting? with It is in my heart and mind and memories. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Today, the first and last of every Tree  Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Today, the first and last of every Tree Speaks to humankind. Come to me, here beside the River.

--Maya Angelou

quote by Maya Angelou: Dancing liberated me and even made me feel as if my body had a reason to be. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Dancing liberated me and even made me feel as if my body had a reason to be.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Whenever I'm around some who is modest, I think, 'Run like hell and all of fire.' You don't want modesty, you want humility. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Whenever I'm around some who is modest, I think, 'Run like hell and all of fire.' You don't want modesty, you want humility.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: It's very hard for adults to maintain respect and romance so that a love affair can be sustained over years. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

It's very hard for adults to maintain respect and romance so that a love affair can be sustained over years.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Life loves the person who dares to live it. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Life loves the person who dares to live it.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens. The other times you're just stretching your soul. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Not everything you do is going to be a masterpiece, but you get art there and you try and sometimes it really happens. The other times you're just stretching your soul.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I believe everything is energy. I believe that the meal you serve yourself, you prepare, is energy. And if you serve it to your family, it's your gift of energy to them. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I believe everything is energy. I believe that the meal you serve yourself, you prepare, is energy. And if you serve it to your family, it's your gift of energy to them.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I am convinced that words are things, and we simply don't have the machinery to measure what they are. I believe that words are tangible things. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I am convinced that words are things, and we simply don't have the machinery to measure what they are. I believe that words are tangible things.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Facts can obscure the truth. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Facts can obscure the truth.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: You may not remember what a person said to you, you may not remember what a person did to you, but you will never forget how a person made you feel! with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You may not remember what a person said to you, you may not remember what a person did to you, but you will never forget how a person made you feel!

--Maya Angelou

quote by Maya Angelou: I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine ... before she realizes she's reading. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine ... before she realizes she's reading.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I learned to love my son without wanting to possess him and I learned how to teach him to teach himself. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I learned to love my son without wanting to possess him and I learned how to teach him to teach himself.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defence when and wherever needed. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defence when and wherever needed.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I want to be representative of my race-the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I want to be representative of my race-the human race. I have a chance to show how kind we can be, how intelligent and generous we can be.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I married a man once and we had been married over a year before I found he preferred potatoes. I said, I didn't know you loved potatoes. And he said that until he was about 13, he thought rice was po… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I married a man once and we had been married over a year before I found he preferred potatoes. I said, I didn't know you loved potatoes. And he said that until he was about 13, he thought rice was potato seeds.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Love liberates. Love -- not sentimentality, not mush -- but true love gives you enough courage that you can say to somebody, Don't do that, baby. And the person will know you're not preaching but tea… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Love liberates. Love -- not sentimentality, not mush -- but true love gives you enough courage that you can say to somebody, Don't do that, baby. And the person will know you're not preaching but teaching.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: There is a shock that comes so quickly and strikes so deep that the blow is internalized even before then skin feels it. The strike must first reach bone marrow, then ascend slowly to the brain where… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

There is a shock that comes so quickly and strikes so deep that the blow is internalized even before then skin feels it. The strike must first reach bone marrow, then ascend slowly to the brain where the slowpoke intellect records the deed.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: A smart man only tells half of what he thinks. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

A smart man only tells half of what he thinks.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I wouldn't trade anything for my story now. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I wouldn't trade anything for my story now.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Upon reflection, I marvel that no one saw through me enough to bundle me off to the nearest mental institution. The fact that it didn't happen depended less on my being a good actress than the fact t… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Upon reflection, I marvel that no one saw through me enough to bundle me off to the nearest mental institution. The fact that it didn't happen depended less on my being a good actress than the fact that I was surrounded, as I had been all my life, by strangers.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I have risked everything to tell the truth. Tell the truth. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I have risked everything to tell the truth. Tell the truth.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: If a person -- any human being -- is told often enough, You are nothing. You are nothing. You account for nothing. You count for nothing. You are less than a human being. I have no visibility of you,… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If a person -- any human being -- is told often enough, You are nothing. You are nothing. You account for nothing. You count for nothing. You are less than a human being. I have no visibility of you, the person finally begins to believe it.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: He watched her every move and when she left the room, his eyes allowed her reluctantly to go. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

He watched her every move and when she left the room, his eyes allowed her reluctantly to go.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn't it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived? with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If it is true that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, isn't it also true a society is only as healthy as its sickest citizen and only as wealthy as its most deprived?

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: This bed yawns
beneath the weight
of our absent selves. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

This bed yawns
beneath the weight
of our absent selves.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: The Black child must learn early to allow laughter to fill his mouth or the million small cruelties he encounters will congeal and clog his throat. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The Black child must learn early to allow laughter to fill his mouth or the million small cruelties he encounters will congeal and clog his throat.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: As a Black American woman, I could not sit with easy hands and an impassive face and have my future planned. Life in my country had demanded that I act for myself or face terrible consequences. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

As a Black American woman, I could not sit with easy hands and an impassive face and have my future planned. Life in my country had demanded that I act for myself or face terrible consequences.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Hatred is the ballast of the rock which lies upon our necks and underfoot.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: 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 … with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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
quote by Maya Angelou: If the pretties were expected to make the supreme sacrifice in order to 'belong,' what could the unattractive female do? with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If the pretties were expected to make the supreme sacrifice in order to 'belong,' what could the unattractive female do?

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Courage, I don't think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That's not courage. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Courage, I don't think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That's not courage.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

We need to haunt the house of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: 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 aroun… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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
quote by Maya Angelou: Love builds up the broken wall and straightens the crooked path. Love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides. Each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was … with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Love builds up the broken wall and straightens the crooked path. Love keeps the stars in the firmament and imposes rhythm on the ocean tides. Each of us is created of it and I suspect each of us was created for it.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me -- to a lot of people. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

My son is the best thing that ever happened to me. And through me -- to a lot of people.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US -- in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump, shout and go to school somehow. Their optim… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US -- in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump, shout and go to school somehow. Their optimism gives me hope.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Hope is born again in the faces of children. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Hope is born again in the faces of children.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: The whites were really brutishly ignorant, blitheringly, so they killed people sometimes -- just came into the African-American community and maimed people because they didn't agree with God's choice… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The whites were really brutishly ignorant, blitheringly, so they killed people sometimes -- just came into the African-American community and maimed people because they didn't agree with God's choice for the colors of the people's skin.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: To be angry is very good. It burns out things and leaves nutrients in the soil. You should always be ready to be angry at injustice and cruelty. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

To be angry is very good. It burns out things and leaves nutrients in the soil. You should always be ready to be angry at injustice and cruelty.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Martin Luther King was a human being with a brilliant mind, a powerful heart, and insight, and courage and also with a sense of humor. So he was accessible. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Martin Luther King was a human being with a brilliant mind, a powerful heart, and insight, and courage and also with a sense of humor. So he was accessible.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Whining lets the brute know there's a victim for him in the neighborhood! with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Whining lets the brute know there's a victim for him in the neighborhood!

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Love is a condition so powerful; it may be that which pulls the stars in the firmament. It may be that which pushes and urges the blood in the veins. Courage: you have to have courage to love somebod… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Love is a condition so powerful; it may be that which pulls the stars in the firmament. It may be that which pushes and urges the blood in the veins. Courage: you have to have courage to love somebody because you risk everything-ever ything.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Have enough courage to love. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Have enough courage to love.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I'm never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I think I know that I deserve better. And so I try for better. I'm never so put off that I would ever walk out of a place not having tried the best I could.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I am serious, so I laugh a lot. You need to laugh. You don't laugh enough. I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I am serious, so I laugh a lot. You need to laugh. You don't laugh enough. I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: I have had the fortune of stepping out on the Word of God and have found it steady. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I have had the fortune of stepping out on the Word of God and have found it steady.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: It's a wonderful thing to know that there is something to know there is something greater than I am, and that is God itself. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

It's a wonderful thing to know that there is something to know there is something greater than I am, and that is God itself.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love? with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Forgive yourself -- no one else will. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Forgive yourself -- no one else will.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Education is a process that goes on 'til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you're in the company of an ignor… with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Education is a process that goes on 'til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you're in the company of an ignoramus.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: After all, girls have to giggle, and after being a woman for theee years I was about to become a girl. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

After all, girls have to giggle, and after being a woman for theee years I was about to become a girl.

--Maya Angelou
quote by Maya Angelou: Listen to some good poetry. You see? It keeps us from thinking we are only what our blatant appetites describe us as. with background image: photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Listen to some good poetry. You see? It keeps us from thinking we are only what our blatant appetites describe us as.

--Maya Angelou

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