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Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA) is an African-American poet, memoirist, actress, director, and civil rights activist.
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The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned pricks more deeply and draws more blood.

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

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

Maya Angelou

We must infuse our lives with art. Our national leaders must be informed that we want them to use our taxes to support street theatre in order to oppose street gangs. We should have a well-supported regional theatre in order to oppose regionalism and differences which keep us apart. We need nationally to support small, medium, and large art museums which show us images of ourselves, those we like and those we dislike. In some way, very important to us, we need to see those we dislike even more than those we like because somehow we get glancing visions of how we look 'as through a window darkly.'

Maya Angelou

I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness.

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

The needs of society determine its ethics.

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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.

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

There is something more - the spirit, or the soul. I think that that quality encourages our courtesy and care and our minds. And mercy, and identity.

Maya Angelou

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.

Maya Angelou

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

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

Maya Angelou

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

Maya Angelou

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.

Maya Angelou

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

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