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“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.”
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“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...”
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“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
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“The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
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“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 ”
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“I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.”
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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”
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“I am a Woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal Woman,
that's me.”
Maya Angelou
“I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.”
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“All great achievements require time.”
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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, All God's Children Need Traveling Shoes
“I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.”
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“To those who have given up on love: I say, "Trust life a little bit.”
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“Nothing will work unless you do.”
Maya Angelou
Caged Bird

A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.

The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill
of things unknown but longed for still
and his tune is heard on the distant hill
for the caged bird sings of freedom.”
Maya Angelou, The Complete Collected Poems
“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. ”
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“We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love's light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.”
Maya Angelou
“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
“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.”
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“In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.
In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”
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“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”
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“Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
“Some people cannot see a good thing when it is right here, right now. Others can sense a good thing coming when it is days, months, or miles away.”
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“It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.”
Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.”
Maya Angelou
“Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.”
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“Had I known that the heart breaks slowly, dismantling itself into unrecognizable plots of misery... had I known yet I would have loved you, your brash and insolent beauty, your heavy comedic face and knowledge of sweet delights, but from a distance I would have left you whole and wholly for the delectation of those who wanted more and cared less.”
Maya Angelou, And Still I Rise


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