Maya Angelou Quotes

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  • This is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing.

    Life   Want   Good Things  
  • I could fall in love with a sumo wrestler if he told stories and made me laugh. Obviously, it would be easier if someone was African-American and lived next door and went to the same church. Because then I wouldn't have to translate.

    "No surrender" by Gary Younge, www.theguardian.com. May 24, 2002.
  • We grow despite the horror that we feed upon our own tomorrow. We grow.

    Tomorrow   Horror   Grows  
    Maya Angelou (2015). “The Complete Poetry”, p.250, Random House
  • 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.

    Dream   Pain   Ocean  
    FaceBook post by Maya Angelou from Dec 04, 2012
  • Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother.

    Mother   Cooking   Pork  
  • You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. Please remember that your difficulties do not define you. They simply strengthen your ability to overcome.

  • 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.

    Maya Angelou (2008). “Letter to My Daughter”, p.32, Random House
  • The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.

    Twitter post from Sep 28, 2016
  • Money and power can liberate only if they are used to do so. They can imprison and inhibit more finally than barred windows and iron chains.

    Iron   Window   Used  
    Maya Angelou (2011). “Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now”, p.32, Bantam
  • Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.

    Maya Angelou (2012). “The Collected Autobiographies of Maya Angelou”, p.220, Modern Library
  • A story went the rounds about a San Franciscan white matron who refused to sit beside a Negro civilian on the streetcar, even after he made room for her on the seat. Her explanation was that she would not sit beside a draft dodger who was a Negro as well. She added that the least he could do was fight for his country the way her son was fighting on Iwo Jima. The story said that the man pulled his body away from the window to show an armless sleeve. He said quietly and with great dignity, "Then ask your son to look around for my arm, which I left over there.

    Country   Fighting   Son  
    Maya Angelou (2009). “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, p.210, Random House
  • 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 (2011). “Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now”, p.18, Bantam
  • Don't hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it.

    Painful   Aspect  
    "America's Renaissance Woman". Academy of Achievement Interview, www.achievement.org. January 22, 1997.
  • We really are 15 countries, and it's remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham - both are certain they are the real American.

    Country   Real   Thinking  
  • I love the melodies in the Old Testament, how preachers highlight them when they read from the Scripture. But I was influenced forever by the New Testament. I love the Beatitudes, informing us that the meek shall inherit the earth.

  • Don't let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don't whine. You can be brought low, that's OK, but don't be reduced by them. Just say, 'That's life.'

  • Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that.

    FaceBook post by Maya Angelou from Jan 21, 2015
  • Whining is just unbecoming.

    Interview with Oprah Winfrey, www.oprah.com. December 2000.
  • I might have it at six-fifteen a.m. just as soon as I get in, but usually it's about eleven o'clock when I'll have a glass of sherry.

    "Maya Angelou Always Rented A Hotel Room Just For Writing" by Julie Zeveloff, www.businessinsider.com. May 28, 2014.
  • If you want to liberate someone, love them.Not be in love with them - that's dangerous. If you're in love with your children, you're in their lives all the time. Leave them alone! Let them grow and make some mistakes. Tell them, "You can come home. My arms are here - and my mouth is too." When you really love them, you don't want to possess them. You don't say, "I love you and I want you here with me."

  • Life loves the liver of it.

    1977 Interview in Black Scholar, Jan- Feb. Collected in Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989).
  • 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.

    Love   Pain   Memories  
  • Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

    FaceBook post by Maya Angelou from Dec 17, 2013
  • The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.

  • On Saturday afternoons when all the things are done in the house and there's no real work to be done, I play Bach and Chopin and turn it up real loudly and get a good bottle of chardonnay and sit out on my deck and look out at the garden.

    Real   Garden   Play  
  • The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough.

    Tough  
    Maya Angelou (2011). “Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now”, p.6, Bantam
  • Home is a refuge not only from the world, but a refuge from my worries, my troubles, my concerns. I like beautiful things around me. I like to be beautiful because it delights my eyes and my soul is lifted up.

    Beautiful   Home   Eye  
  • Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift.

  • Each time a dancer moves devoutly or a composer faithfully searches the silence for the veiled melodies, eternity is engaged.

    Moving   Silence   Dancer  
  • I like good food. People want a certain taste, but when they're offered something else, they'll overeat. If they really are looking for chicken and someone gives them pork chops, they'll say, "I will have another." And that's because their satisfaction is not reached. So I thought I would make great food, but eat less of it. I tried it and I've taken off over 40 pounds.

    Taken   People   Giving  
    Source: www.washingtoncitypaper.com
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