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“Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better.”
Maya Angelou
“That knowledge humbles me, melts my bones, closes my ears, and makes my teeth rock loosely in their gums. And it also liberates me. I am a big bird winging over high mountains, down into serene valleys. I am ripples of waves on silver seas. I'm a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
“You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.”
Maya Angelou
“Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?”
Maya Angelou
“In all the institutions I try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone. I know that eventually I shall have to be present and accountable n the presence of God. I do not wish to be found wanting.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“I had given up some youth for knowledge, but my gain was more valuable than the loss”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“Because of the routines we follow, we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure. . . Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art: to bring all our energies to each encounter, to remain flexible enough to notice and admit when what we expected to happen did not happen. We need to remember that we are created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.”
Maya Angelou
“He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education, and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“Still I'll rise.”
Maya Angelou
“We are only as blind as we want to be.”
Maya Angelou
“Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”
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
“The intensity with which young people live demands that they "blank out" as often as possible.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“You should never make someone a priority who views you as an option.”
Maya Angelou
“I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.”
Maya Angelou, Mom & Me & Mom
“Life likes to be taken by the lapel and told, "I'm with you kid. Let's go!”
Maya Angelou
“If funkytown was a trailerpark, this guy would be a double-wide.”
Maya Angelou
“The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country's table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast. Hence the janitor who lives in one room but sports a robin's-egg-blue Cadillac is not laughed at but admired, and the domestic who buys forty-dollar shoes is not criticized but is appreciated. We know that they have put to use their full mental and physical powers. Each single gain feeds into the gains of the body collective.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future, and renders the present inaccessible.”
Maya Angelou
“It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“You can only become great at something you are willing to sacrifice for”
Maya Angelou
“If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”
Maya Angelou
“To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents”
Maya Angelou, Becoming Myself: Reflections on Growing Up Female
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
Maya Angelou
“Until recently each generation found it more expedient to plead guilty to the charge of being young and ignorant, easier to take the punishment meted out by the older generation (which had itself confessed to the same crime short years before). The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth.”
Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
“Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence—neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish—it is an imponderably valuable gift.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
tags: 1993, time
“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
“There are some nights when
sleep plays coy,
aloof and disdainful.
And all the wiles
that I employ to win
its service to my side
are useless as wounded pride,
and much more painful.”
Maya Angelou
“Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.”
Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
“You dwell in whitened castles
with deep and poisoned moats
and cannot hear the curses
which fill your children's throats.”
Maya Angelou


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