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“Live as though life was created for you.”
Maya Angelou
“The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.”
Maya Angelou
“Each of us, famous or infamous, is a role model for somebody, and if we aren't, we should behave as though we are -- cheerful, kind, loving, courteous. Because you can be sure someone is watching and taking deliberate and diligent notes.”
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
“Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it.”
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“Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives.”
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“I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“If you're for the right thing, you do it without thinking.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“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
“One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We cannot be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”
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“As soon as healing takes place, go out and heal somebody else.”
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“There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.”
Maya Angelou
“Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“Don't let the man bring you down.”
Maya Angelou, The Heart of a Woman
“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”
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“I’ve got a magic charm
That I keep up my sleeve,
I can walk the ocean floor
And never have to breathe.”
Maya Angelou, Life Doesn't Frighten Me
“Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”
Maya Angelou
“Strong women- precious jewels all- their humanness is evident in their accessibility. We are able to enter into the spirit of these women and rejoice in their warmth and courage.”
Maya Angelou
“I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.”
Maya Angelou
“Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using racial pejoratives and sexual pejoratives and all that ignorance. Don’t do that. Some day we’ll be able to measure the power of words. I think they are things. They get on the walls. They get in your wallpaper. They get in your rugs, in your upholstery, and your clothes, and finally in to you.”
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
“To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind. ”
Maya Angelou
“The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library”
Maya Angelou
“The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic admiration.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.”
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
“We are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.”
Maya Angelou, The Complete Collected Poems
“Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn't know what I was aware of. I knew I knew very little, but I was certain that the things I had yet to learn wouldn't be taught to me at George Washington High School. ”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings


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