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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Everything has rhythm. everything dances.

For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. 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.

I am a woman, phenomenally phenomenal woman, that is your grandmother, that is your mother, that is your sister, that is you and that is me.

There is an amazing something in the American psyche which speaks about courage and it says 'Yes I can '... Yes we will overcome it all because we have the spirit to do so.

In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike.

Lift up your eyes upon. This day breaking for you. Give birth again. To the dream.

The horizon leans forward offering you space to place new steps of change.

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

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.

I want to see freedom and equality through my eyes and your eyes, Coretta Scott King. I opened my mouth to the lord and I won't turn back no!

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.

When you wish someone joy, you wish them peace, love, prosperity, happiness... all the good things.

I am serious, so I laugh a lot. You need to laugh. You don't laugh enough. I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.

I answer the heroic question "Death where is they sting?" with "It is here in my heart and mind and memories."

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 you.

Each of us has that right that possibility to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself she will be invented. So to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.

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.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.

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

The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.

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