Maya Angelou

John Cusworth on November 9th, 2009
Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

“Achievement brings its own anticlimax.” – Maya Angelou

“All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.” – Maya Angelou

“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.” – Maya Angelou

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

“All great achievements require time.” – Maya Angelou

“Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure.” – Maya Angelou

“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” – Maya Angelou

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

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can’t practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” – Maya Angelou

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.” – Maya Angelou

“Effective action is always unjust.” – Maya Angelou

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

“I believe that every person is born with talent.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

“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

“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

“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.” – Maya Angelou

“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” – Maya Angelou

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

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.” – Maya Angelou

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

“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.” – Maya Angelou

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” – Maya Angelou

“Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: ”I’m with you kid. Let’s go.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

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

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou

“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.” – Maya Angelou

“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

“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

“Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them.” – Maya Angelou

“Nothing will work unless you do.” – 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

“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

“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” – Maya Angelou

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

“Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.” – Maya Angelou

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

“The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.” – Maya Angelou

“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

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

“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.” – Maya Angelou

“There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” – Maya Angelou

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou

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

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

“There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” – Maya Angelou

“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

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

“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

“While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.” – Maya Angelou

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” – Maya Angelou

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