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Maya Angelou Quotes and Sayings
Quotes by Maya Angelou

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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

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People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

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.
- Maya Angelou

Life is a gift, and I try to respond with grace and courtesy.
- Maya Angelou

 

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
- 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

Everything has rhythm. everything dances.
- Maya Angelou

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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.
- Maya Angelou

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

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

If you don't like something, change it,
If you can't change it, change your attitude
- Maya Angelou

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

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

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

Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou

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

Life loves the liver of it.
- Maya Angelou

Bitterness is like cancer.
It eats upon the host.
But anger is like fire.
It burns it all clean.
- 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

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

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

Effective action is always unjust.
- 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

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

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

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

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

History, despite its wrenching pain,
cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- 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 long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
- Maya Angelou

I believe that every person is born with talent.
- 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

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
- Maya Angelou

All great achievements require time.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

As far as I knew white women were never lonely,
except in books.
White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
- Maya Angelou

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
- Maya Angelou

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past,
threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
- 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

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' -
which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
- Maya Angelou

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

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if
their ideals are threatened.
- 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

While the rest of the world has been improving technology,
Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
- Maya Angelou

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

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
- 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

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

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

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

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.
- 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

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

Thy friendship oft has made my heart to ache;
do be my enemy - for friendship's sake.
- William Blake

Ask any athlete: We all hurt at times.
I'm asking my body to go through seven different tasks.
To ask it not to ache would be too much.
- Jackie Joyner-Kersee

The heart forgets its sorrow and ache.
- James Russell Lowell

The bosom can ache beneath diamond brooches;
and many a blithe heart dances under coarse wool.
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Handsome husbands often make a wife's heart ache.
- Samuel Richardson

The essence of man is, discontent, divine discontent;
a sort of love without a beloved,
the ache we feel in a member we no longer have.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

It has been an ache and a joy both to look over this
big shoulder of mine at all my yesterdays.
- Ethel Waters

She bowed her head, clasping her hands tightly before
her upon the arm of his chair,
for her heart yearned towards him, yet could not reach him,
and it made her throat ache with unhappiness to meet
that look of his that rested on her face without seeing it.
- Georgette Heyer

Thy Return is as another Sun to Heaven;
a new Rose blooming in the Garden of the Soul.
- Omar Khayyam

Grant That I May Radiate Thy Light, Thy Love,
Thy Healing, Thy Joy, and Thy Peace,
to All Those Around Me
and All Those in My Thoughts
This Day and Ever More.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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