Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

African-American poet and writer

Lived from: 1928-

Category: Poets (Contemporary) | Writers (Contemporary)

Quotes: 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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    A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
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    A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.
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    All great achievements require time.
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    At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

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    At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
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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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    Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
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    Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
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    How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.

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    I believe that every person is born with talent.
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    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.
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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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    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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    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.
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