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A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true.




A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Love


Every experience shapes your writing, being stuck in a car on a lonely bridge, or dancing at a prom, being the it girl on the beach, all of those things influence your life, they influence how you write, and the topics you choose to write about.




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

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Life


I've had people explain to me what one of my poems meant, and I've been surprised that it means that to them. If a person can use a poem of mine to interpret her life or his life, good. I can't control that. Nor would I want to.

Quotes By Maya Angelou


I, with millions of other Americans, have the same dream Martin Luther King Jr. had; when I wake up I wish some of the things I dreamt would be true. I wish that little black and white boys and girls would hold hands without being shocked at their nearness to each other and say in a natural way, "we have overcome."

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Family


I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.




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

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Mothers


I was grateful to see President Obama's victory speech. I was over the moon to see the audience. There were about 60 percent white voters the other 40 percent were African Americans, Asian, Spanish speaking etc. I wept at that spectacle, it told me that the pundits that continue in our country to try to polarize us, to keep us apart, are not succeeding. Americans are waking up not only to the truth, but the truth in each other. Hallelujah!




Nothing will work unless you do.

Quotations Maya Angelou


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Maya Angelou Quotes About Success

The Holy Spirit upon my left leads my feet without ceasing into the camp of the righteous and into the tents of the free.




We are not our brother's keeper we are our brother and we are our sister. We must look past complexion and see community.

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Education


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




Hatred is the ballast of
the rock
which lies upon our necks
and underfoot.
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Maya Angelou Quotes About Purpose


If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

Maya Angelou Quotes About Life


Love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
A Brave and Startling Truth.




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.

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Friendship


I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.




Joy is a freedom. It helps a person to find his/her own liberation. The person who is joyous takes responsibility for the time he/she takes up and the space that he/she occupies. You share it! Some of you have it ... you share it! That is what joy is! When you continue to give it away you will still have so much more of it.

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Maya Angelou Quotes About Change


I realized that I didn't get here by myself. I am a child of God and that's a blessing and because I have the blessing of God and the knowledge, I have no modesty because it is a learned adaptation. People are just fooling themselves in trying to fool other people when they say, "Oh me! Oh! I'm modest, I can't do this!" I have no modesty, I have humility. Humility comes from inside out and it says, "Someone was here before me and someone has already paid for me." I have a responsibility to pay for someone else who is yet to come, there is no room in there for ego! I am grateful to God. I am grateful to all my people who have helped me and all the ways they've helped me, the teachers, preachers, rabbis, and priests. Everyone that has helped me, I am grateful and I try to help someone else as often as I can.

Maya Angelou Famous Quotes


It was wonderful to receive from my President, the Freedom Award and to know that I am a member of the group most recently bought and sold with everybody's agreement, and the people who longed for freedom. When I accepted that award, I thought of all the people who had come from all over the world to find freedom in the United States. I accepted the award for African Americans, every slave who got off every boat, every European, and every Asian who came here searching for freedom.

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Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.




I'm grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim.

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The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration.

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To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision.

Maya Angelou Quotes Success


I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.

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

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Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.

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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination.

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

Maya Angelou Inspirational Quotes


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

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A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.

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

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You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot -- it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

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

Poet Maya Angelou Quotes


I have a certain way of being in this world, and I shall not, I shall not be moved.

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Out of the huts of history's shame I rise.

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When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

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

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A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true.

Maya Angelou Quotes About Strength


When I'm writing, I am trying to find out who I am, who we are, what we're capable of, how we feel, how we lose and stand up, and go on from darkness into darkness.

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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. It's not something where you think, Oh, I've got it done. I did it all day, hotdiggety. The truth is, all day long you try to do it, try to be it, and then in the evening if you're honest and have a little courage you look at yourself and say, Hmm. I only blew it eighty-six times. Not bad.

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

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

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

Maya Angelou Education Quotes


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

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

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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.

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There were times when it was said that I had more determination than talent. This may be said of many. It may also be said that life loves the person who dares to live it.

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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 Leadership Quotes


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

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There is a place in you that you must keep inviolate, a place that you must keep clean. A place where you say to any intruder, "Back up, don't you know I'm a child of God."

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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.

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

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

Maya Angelou Quotes Courage


The needs of a society determine its ethics.

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

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

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

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

Maya Angelou Poems About Life


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. Not really.

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I would be a liar, a hypocrite, or a fool--and I'm not any of those--to say that I don't write for the reader. I do. But for the reader who hears, who really will work at it, going behind what I seem to say. So I write for myself and that reader who will pay the dues.

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

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Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.

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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.

Positive Quotes Maya Angelou


Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

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

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The idea of overcoming is always fascinating to me. It's fascinating because few of us realize how much energy we have expended just to be here today. I don't think we give ourselves enough credit for the overcoming.

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

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

Maya Angelou Quotes About Beauty


Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.

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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.

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

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What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.

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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.

Legacy Quotes Maya Angelou


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

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

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Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

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Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

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You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

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

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