Quotation Explorer - 'Maya Angelou'

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver. - 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
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. - Maya Angelou
When you learn, teach. When you get, give. - Maya Angelou
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again. - Maya Angelou
To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow. - Maya Angelou
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it! - Maya Angelou
It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable. - Maya Angelou
I couldn't tell fact from fiction, Or if the dream was true My only sure prediction In this world was you. I'd touch your features inchly. Beard love and dared the cost, The sented spiel reeled me unreal And I found my senses lost. - Maya Angelou
I don't trust people who don't love themselves and tell me, 'I love you.' ... There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt. - Maya Angelou
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! - Maya Angelou
Determine to live life with flair and laughter. - Maya Angelou
First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love. - Maya Angelou
If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be - Maya Angelou
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. - Maya Angelou
I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it. - Maya Angelou
My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring, still. - Maya Angelou
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time. - Maya Angelou
Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake. - 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 some things back. - Maya Angelou
Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. - Maya Angelou
If you must look back, do so forgivingly. If you must look forward, do so prayerfully. However, the wisest thing you can do is be present in the present... gratefully. - Maya Angelou
In the flush of love's lightwe dare be braveAnd suddenly we seethat love costs all we areand will ever be.Yet it is only lovewhich sets us free. - Maya Angelou
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain. - Maya Angelou
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise. - 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
You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated. - Maya Angelou
be a rainbow in someone else's cloude - Maya Angelou
Poetry puts starch in your backbone so you can stand, so you can compose your life. - Maya Angelou
Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time. - Maya Angelou
When I walk in, they may like me or dislike me, but everybody knows I'm here - Maya Angelou
Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. - 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
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.' - 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
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness. - Maya Angelou
If someone tells you who they are, believe them. - Maya Angelou
There is nothing quite so tragic as a young cynic, because it means the person has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. - Maya Angelou
I sustain myself with the love of family. - Maya Angelou
You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou
When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time. - Maya Angelou
I know why the caged bird sings. - Maya Angelou
Theb word and the n word are like poison, whether you take poison from a vial or pour it into Bavarian crystal, it is still poison. - Maya Angelou
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it. - Maya Angelou
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. - Maya Angelou
I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better. - Maya Angelou
Continue to be bold, courageous. Try to chose the wisest thing and once you’ve chosen the wisest thing go out and try to achieve it. Be it. - Maya Angelou
The customs are as formalised as an eighteenth-century minuet, and a child at the race's knee learns the moves and twirls by osmosis and observation. - Maya Angelou
Get a little success, and then just get a little more. - Maya Angelou
Segregation shaped me; education liberated me. - Maya Angelou
This a a wonderful day. I've never seen this one before. - Maya Angelou
No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. - Maya Angelou
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. - Maya Angelou
You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have. - Maya Angelou
We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. - Maya Angelou
The needs of society determine its ethics. - Maya Angelou
Take a day to heal from the lies you’ve told yourself and the ones that have been told to you. - Maya Angelou
I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming? - Maya Angelou
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
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. - Maya Angelou
Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. - Maya Angelou
I’m grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists. - Maya Angelou
You don’t want modesty, you want humility. Humility comes from inside out. It says someone was here before me and I’m here because I’ve been paid for. I have something to do and I will do that because I’m paying for someone else who has yet to come. - Maya Angelou
A Woman in harmony with her spirit is like a river flowing.She goes where she will without pretense and arrives at her destination prepared to be herself and only herself - Maya Angelou
I am a WomanPhenomenally.Phenomenal Woman,that's me. - Maya Angelou
To those who are given much, much is expected. - Maya Angelou
I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people. - Maya Angelou
Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman. - Maya Angelou
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. - Maya Angelou
I speak to the Black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition--about what we can endure, dream, fail at and survive. - Maya Angelou
This is a wonderful day, I have never seen this one before. - Maya Angelou
All great achievements require time. - Maya Angelou
And my seven-year-old world humpty-dumptied, never to be put back together again. - Maya Angelou
In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.In all the world, there is no love for you like mine. - Maya Angelou
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. - Maya Angelou
That's what you want to do? Then nothing beats a trial but a failure. Give it everything you've got. I've told you many times, 'Cant do is like Dont Care.' Neither of them have a home. - Maya Angelou
I want to thank you, Lord, for life and all that's in it. Thank you for the day and for the hour, and the minute. - Maya Angelou
I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world's variety and uniqueness. - Maya Angelou
I answer the heroic question, 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is in my heart and mind and memories. - 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 intelligent and more educated than college professors. - Maya Angelou
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. - Maya Angelou
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth. - Maya Angelou
To be allowed, no, invited into the private lives of strangers, and to share their joys and fears, was a chance to exchange the Southern bitter wormwood for a cup of mead with Beowulf or a hot cup of tea and milk with Oliver Twist. - Maya Angelou
Nothing will work unless you do. - 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
Take the blinders from your visiontake the padding from your earsand confess you've heard me crying and admit you've seen my tears. - Maya Angelou
I don't believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at. - 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
I find relief from the questions only when I concede that I am not obliged to know everything. I remind myself it is sufficient to know what I know, and that what I know, may not always be true. - Maya Angelou
Be present in all things and thankful for all things. - Maya Angelou
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women - Maya Angelou
~We may encounter many defeats but we must NOT be defeated~ - Maya Angelou
As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else. - Maya Angelou
When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed. - 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
While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of mans humanity to a man. - Maya Angelou
I couldn't tell fact from fiction,Or if the dream was trueMy only sure predictionIn this world was you.I'd touch your features inchly. Beard love and dared the cost, The sented spiel reeled me unreal And I found my senses lost. - Maya Angelou
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it change your attitude. Don't complain - Maya Angelou
Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging. - Maya Angelou
Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently. - Maya Angelou
I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare. - Maya Angelou
You can only become great at that thing you're willing to sacrifice for. - Maya Angelou
We wear the mask that grins and lies.It shades our cheeks and hides our eyes.This debt we pay to human guileWith torn and bleeding hearts…We smile and mouth the myriad subtleties.Why should the world think otherwiseIn counting all our tears and sighs.Nay let them only see us whileWe wear the mask. - Maya Angelou
The devil lives in our mistakes, the lord lives in our rights. Who lives in our ignorance, and who wins after all? - 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
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. - Maya Angelou
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