Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou ( April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

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We need much less than we think we need.

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

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.

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

My mother raised me, and then freed me.

To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents.

Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.

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

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.

Mrs. Parks is for me probably what the Statute of Liberty was for immigrants. She stood for the future and the better future.

All God's children need traveling shoes.

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.

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

In all the world there is no heart for me like yours. In all the world there is no love for you like mine.

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

Anyone of us can be a rainbow in somebody's clouds.

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.

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel because they really don't think it will come back.

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