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Quotations by author » Maya Angelou
American Poet, b.1928
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A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Singers and singing
A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.
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Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
Achievement
All God's children need traveling shoes.
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All great achievements require time.
Achievement
All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.
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Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone
Loneliness
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.
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Anyone of us can be a rainbow in somebody's clouds. I want the University of Cincinnati to be a rainbow in the clouds. The University of Cincinnati is really a possibility of hope; it is a rainbow.
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As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
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At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
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At the worst of times, there's the possibility of seeing hope, ... That's why that song is so important right now.
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Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Bitterness
Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn't undermine the fact that they built the churches and maintain the pulpits.
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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
Ignorance
Courage allows the successful woman to fail-
and learn powerful lessons-
from the failure-
so that in the end,
she didn't fail at all.
CourageWomen
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.
Courage
Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.
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Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.
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Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
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