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553 Great Quotes by the Esteemed Maya Angelou (Page 3 of 3)

Quote: Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.


Quote: You can't get too high for somebody to bring you down. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You can't get too high for somebody to bring you down.


Quote: I want you to learn that you cannot have anything without working for it. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I want you to learn that you cannot have anything without working for it.


Quote: I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.


Quote: Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: My heart is so heavy when I see the reality of the Indian reservation and as an American, I know I am, too, responsible. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

My heart is so heavy when I see the reality of the Indian reservation and as an American, I know I am, too, responsible.




Quote: The most difficult thing in the world, it seems to me, is to realize that I am a child of God; to keep that in my mind all the time. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The most difficult thing in the world, it seems to me, is to realize that I am a child of God; to keep that in my mind all the time.


Quote: God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us -- in the dreariest and most dreaded moments -- can see a possibility of hope. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us -- in the dreariest and most dreaded moments -- can see a possibility of hope.


Quote: Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Each child belongs to all of us and they will bring us a tomorrow in direct relation to the responsibility we have shown to them.


Quote: I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I am a woman phenomenally, phenomenal woman that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me.


Quote: My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

My pride had been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs.




Quote: Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Every day I awaken I am grateful. My intent is to be totally present in that day. And laugh as much as possible.




Quote: If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you will look forward, do so prayerfully. But the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully.


Quote: Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude.


Quote: Be present in all things and thankful for all things. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.


Quote: I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment.


Quote: The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.


Quote: We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.


Quote: I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.


Quote: I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for all people.


Quote: A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

A leader sees greatness in other people. He nor she can be much of a leader if all she sees is herself.


Quote: My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God.


Quote: We are not just flesh and blood. And our hungers are not going to be set aside as just flesh and blood. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

We are not just flesh and blood. And our hungers are not going to be set aside as just flesh and blood.


Quote: Grace is like a lake of drinkable water right outside your door. But you stay inside and die of thirst. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Grace is like a lake of drinkable water right outside your door. But you stay inside and die of thirst.


Quote: My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.


Quote: When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter and better. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When I forgive other people, I let them go, I free them from my ignorance. And as soon as I do, I feel lighter, brighter and better.


Quote: I know why the caged bird sings. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I know why the caged bird sings.


Quote: Everybody is worth everything. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Everybody is worth everything.


Quote: Determine to live life with flair and laughter. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: Only equals can become friends. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Only equals can become friends.


Quote: I do my best because I'm counting on you counting on me. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I do my best because I'm counting on you counting on me.




Quote: Nothing can dim the light that shines from within. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Nothing can dim the light that shines from within.


Quote: Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.


Quote: Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.


Quote: Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.


Quote: Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep continuing needs, is good for him. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep continuing needs, is good for him.


Quote: Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself.


Quote: You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.


Quote: You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anyone. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: If you don't like something change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude about it. Don't complain. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.


Quote: Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: I'm a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I'm even afraid of it -- it's a learned affectation and it's just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from inside out. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I'm a religious woman. And I feel I have responsibility. I have no modesty at all. I'm even afraid of it -- it's a learned affectation and it's just stuck on me like decals. Now I pray for humility because that comes from inside out.


Quote: Early on, I was so impressed with Charles Dickens. I grew up in the South, in a little village in Arkansas, and the whites in my town were really mean, and rude. Dickens, I could tell, wouldn't be a man who would curse me out and talk to me rudely. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Early on, I was so impressed with Charles Dickens. I grew up in the South, in a little village in Arkansas, and the whites in my town were really mean, and rude. Dickens, I could tell, wouldn't be a man who would curse me out and talk to me rudely.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But I like -- if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But I like -- if somebody is going to come into my house and I have not put out the welcome mat, I want to stop them.


Quote: Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the 'leaders' must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.


Quote: Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' -- which is right after being a natural heart surgeon. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When I was 8 years old I became a mute and was a mute until I was 13, and I thought of my whole body as an ear, so I can go into a crowd and sit still and absorb all sound. That talent or ability has lasted and served me until today.






Quote: You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, 'I'm a representative.' by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You have to develop ways so that you can take up for yourself, and then you take up for someone else. And so sooner or later, you have enough courage to really stand up for the human race and say, 'I'm a representative.'


Quote: I became the kind of parent my mother was to me. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.


Quote: I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with 'Porgy and Bess,' the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with 'Porgy and Bess,' the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.




Quote: Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses.


Quote: The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: I think music is one of the hero sheroes of the African-American existence. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I think music is one of the hero sheroes of the African-American existence.


Quote: I don't think there's such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I don't think there's such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it happened, even if only in my mind.


Quote: Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: It's so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I've never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

It's so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I've never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything.


Quote: I would be stupid not to be on my own side. But I'm a human being, too. And I'm on the side of human beings, rather than on the side of crocodiles. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I would be stupid not to be on my own side. But I'm a human being, too. And I'm on the side of human beings, rather than on the side of crocodiles.


Quote: I think that that's the wisest thing -- to prevent illness before we try to cure something. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I think that that's the wisest thing -- to prevent illness before we try to cure something.


Quote: I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: I'm happy to be a writer -- of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn't a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I'm happy to be a writer -- of prose, poetry, every kind of writing. Every person in the world who isn't a recluse, hermit or mute uses words. I know of no other art form that we always use.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.' by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'


Quote: At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.






Quote: When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: Courage -- you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Courage -- you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself.


Quote: If I'm the people's poet, then I ought to be in people's hands -- and, I hope, in their heart. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It's very clear. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.


Quote: I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I like to speak on matters which matter to human beings, and almost everything matters to human beings.




Quote: The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you're wrinkled. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you're wrinkled.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that -- if you dare. But get older because it's fun! by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that -- if you dare. But get older because it's fun!


Quote: Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that's all. So we direct our values to material things. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Somehow, we have come to the erroneous belief that we are all but flesh, blood, and bones, and that's all. So we direct our values to material things.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy -- but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that's how I am guided. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy -- but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that's how I am guided.


Quote: And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.




Quote: Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you're the funniest person you've ever heard of. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you're the funniest person you've ever heard of.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon -- all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

When I cook for my family on Christmas, I make feijoada, a South American dish of roasted and smoked meats like ham, pork, beef, lamb, and bacon -- all served with black beans and rice. It's festive but different.


Quote: I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England -- you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

If you were the President of the United States or the Queen of England -- you couldn't have a person who would be more protective than my mother was for me. Which meant really that I could dare to do all sorts of things.




Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: 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.' by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.'


Quote: The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: One of the wonderful things about Oprah: She teaches you to keep on stepping. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

One of the wonderful things about Oprah: She teaches you to keep on stepping.


Quote: The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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! by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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!




Quote: I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.


Quote: There's something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

There's something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.


Quote: I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.' by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.'








Quote: I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wanted the house with the picket fence from June Allyson movies. I knew that was yearning like one yearns to fly.


Quote: Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother.


Quote: 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.' by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.'




Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


Quote: Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.


Quote: Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous -- that is to say, it's obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

I like chicken a lot because chicken is generous -- that is to say, it's obedient. It will do whatever you tell it to do.




Quote: I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.' by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Maya Angelou overlaid on photo of photo of author Maya Angelou with quote

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.


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