Maya Angelou Quotes (177) Spiritual Sayings

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About the Author: Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson; April 4, 1928) is an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning more than fifty years. She has received dozens of awards and over thirty honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of 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 seventeen, and brought her
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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.”
― Maya Angelou

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou

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“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.”
― Maya Angelou

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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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“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.”
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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.”
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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.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
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“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
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“I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”
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“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
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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”
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“I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
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“When you know better you do better.”
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“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

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

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“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”
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“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”
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“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
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“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
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“Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
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“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
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“Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
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“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”
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“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
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“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
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“There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”
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“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise!”
― Maya Angelou

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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
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“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
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“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.”
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“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.”
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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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“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”
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“I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'Well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.”
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“Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.”
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“Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.”
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“When you learn, teach, when you get, give.”
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“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.”
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“Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.”
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“We need much less than we think we need.”
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“I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.”
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“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.”
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“A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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

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“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.”
― Maya Angelou, Celebrations: Rituals of Peace and Prayer

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“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
― Maya Angelou

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“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.”
― Maya Angelou

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“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
― Maya Angelou

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“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...”
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“When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.”
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“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.”
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“There were people who went to sleep last night,
poor and rich and white and black,
but they will never wake again.

And those dead folks would give anything at all
for just five minutes of this weather
or ten minutes of plowing.

So you watch yourself about complaining.

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.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Let's tell the truth to people. When people ask, 'How are you?' have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avaoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don't want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“A Woman in harmony with her spirit
is like a river flowing.
She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination
prepared to be herself
and only herself ”
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“I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it.

Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute. ”
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“To those who have given up on love: I say, "Trust life a little bit.”
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“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”
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“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.”
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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, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“Nothing will work unless you do.”
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“First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.”
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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 some things back.”
― Maya Angelou

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“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”
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“All great achievements require time.”
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“Some people cannot see a good thing when it is right here, right now. Others can sense a good thing coming when it is days, months, or miles away.”
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“Touched by an Angel

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.”
― Maya Angelou

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“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less.”
― Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise

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

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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
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“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
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“Success is loving life and daring to live it.”
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“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.
In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”
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“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.”
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“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.”
― Maya Angelou

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“No one can take the place of a friend, no one.”
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“Whining is not only graceless, but it can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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“I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”
― Maya Angelou

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“The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
of things unknown, but longed for still,
and his tune is heard on the distant hill,
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
― Maya Angelou

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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. ”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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“The sisters and brothers that you meet give you the materials which your character uses to build itself. It is said that some people are born great, others achieve it, some have it thrust upon them. In truth, the ways in which your character is built have to do with all three of those. Those around you, those you choose, and those who choose you.”
― Maya Angelou

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“A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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“When Great Trees Fall

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.”
― Maya Angelou

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“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.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life.”
― Maya Angelou

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“My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that's walked,
A song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke,
When I think about myself.”
― Maya Angelou

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“The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it.”
― Maya Angelou

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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.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Live as though life was created for you.”
― Maya Angelou

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

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“Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives.”
― Maya Angelou

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“The human heart...tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.”
― Maya Angelou

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“When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Strong women- precious jewels all- their humanness is evident in their accessibility. We are able to enter into the spirit of these women and rejoice in their warmth and courage.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve,
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.”
― Maya Angelou, Life Doesn't Frighten Me

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“To those who are given much, much is expected.”
― Maya Angelou

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“While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”
― Maya Angelou

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“We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”
― Maya Angelou

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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. Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflict than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. ”
― Maya Angelou

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“Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.”
― Maya Angelou

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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.”
― Maya Angelou

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“We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea,
and thrive on Spanish shores.
We seek success in Finland,
are born and die in Maine.
In minor ways we differ,
in major we're the same.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Don't let the man bring you down.”
― Maya Angelou, The Heart of a Woman

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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.”
― Maya Angelou, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes

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“Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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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.”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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“It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me. ”
― Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women

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“History with all its unending pain cannot be outlived, but faced with courage need not be lived again.”
― Maya Angelou

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“We are all human; therefore, nothing human can be alien to us.”
― Maya Angelou

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“It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.”
― Maya Angelou

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“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
― Maya Angelou

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“What I try to do is write. I may write for two weeks ‘the cat sat on the mat, that is that, not a rat,’.... And it might be just the most boring and awful stuff. But I try. When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.”
― Maya Angelou

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“That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.”
― Maya Angelou

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

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Just like moons and suns,
With certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.”
― Maya Angelou

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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, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.”
― Maya Angelou

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

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“I do not need to know all things. I remind myself that it is sufficient that I know what I know and know that without believing that I will always know what I know or that what I know will always be true.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I believe that one can never leave home. I believe that one carries the shadows, the dreams, the fears and the dragons of home under one's skin, at the extreme corners of one's eyes and possibly in the gristle of the earlobe.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.”
― Maya Angelou

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“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

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“You will face many defeats in your life, but never let yourself be defeated.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I'm young as morning
and fresh as dew.
Everybody loves me
and so do you.”
― Maya Angelou, I Shall Not Be Moved

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“Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it empowers us to develop courage; to trust that courage and build bridges with it;
to trust those bridges and cross over them so we can attempt to reach each other.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Life loves the liver of it.”
― Maya Angelou

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“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education. ”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”
― Maya Angelou

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“Women been gittin' pregnant ever since Eve ate that apple.”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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

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“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.”
― Maya Angelou

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“As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.”
― Maya Angelou

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“The charitable say in effect, 'I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.' Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“Wouldn't take nothing for my journey now.”
― Maya Angelou

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“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”
― Maya Angelou

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“I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.
People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.”
― Maya Angelou

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“In all the institutions I try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone. I know that eventually I shall have to be present and accountable n the presence of God. I do not wish to be found wanting.”
― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter

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“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”
― Maya Angelou

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“I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming?”
― Maya Angelou

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“Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn't know what I was aware of. I knew I knew very little, but I was certain that the things I had yet to learn wouldn't be taught to me at George Washington High School. ”
― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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“If you only have one smile in you, give it to the people you love.”
― Maya Angelou

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“When I am 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. I'm trying for that. But I'm also trying for the language. I'm trying to see how it can really sound. I really love language. I love it for wate it does for us, how it allows us to explain the pain and the glory, the nuances and delicacies of our existence. And then it allows us to laugh, allows us to show wit. Real wit is shown in language. We need language.”

― Maya Angelou

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“A certain person wondered why
a big strong girl like me
wouldn't keep a job
which paid a normal salary.
I took my time to lead her
and to read her every page.
Even minimal people
can't survive on minimal wage.

A certain person wondered why
I wait all week for you.
I didn't have the words
to describe just what you do.
I said you had the motion
of the ocean in your walk,
and when you solve my riddles
you don't even have to talk.”
― Maya Angelou, I Shall Not Be Moved

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“You are the sum total of everything you've seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot- it's all right there.”
― Maya Angelou

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“That knowledge humbles me, melts my bones, closes my ears, and makes my teeth rock loosely in their gums. And it also liberates me. I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.”
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now

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