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I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place.


Maya Angelou

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If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth...
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any...
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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
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Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to...
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Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
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I don't think there's such a thing as autobiographical fiction. If I say it happened, it hap...
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We love and lose in China,
we weep on England's moors,
and laugh and moan in Guinea, MAYA ANGELOU
Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear.
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We all need the waters of the Mercy River. Though they don't run deep, there's usually enough, just ...
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we had been each other’s home and center for seventeen years. He could die if he wanted to and go ...
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If the heart of Africa remained elusive, my search for it had brought me closer to understanding mys...
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Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It...
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Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.
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My mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into th...
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Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity to be otherwise
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain...
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For a person who grew up in the '30s and '40s in the segregated South, with so many doors cl...
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kudos to the educators, athletes, dancers, judges, janitors, politicians, artists, actors, writers, ...
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Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any oth...
MAYA ANGELOU
Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the col...
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Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn't undermine the fact that they...
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I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time--that indeed it is made for the peo...
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The Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health has a national conference every other year. This...
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Those of us who have gathered here, ... we owe something from this minute on, so this gathering is n...
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Mrs. Parks is for me probably what the Statute of Liberty was for immigrants. She stood for the futu...
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Had I not had my grandmother, who dared to be my rainbow in the clouds, I would have been just anoth...
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I'm not going anywhere. I came here to say something, and I'm not leaving until I'm finished.
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Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence--neither speed up nor slow down, a...
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Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; raped bef...
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I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be ...
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See, you don’t have to think about doing the right thing if you are for the right thing then you...
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The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
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There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
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You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
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Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!
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You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead ...
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Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.
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I never expected anyone to take care of me, but in my wildest dreams and juvenile yearnings, I wante...
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I do like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them. But I like - if somebody is going to ...
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When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
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All God's children need traveling shoes.
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Look at my life. I'm floating like mercury around the earth. My footprints shine with stardust. All ...
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Here on the pulse of this new day,/ You may have the grace to look up and out/ And into your sister'...
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I’ve learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life."
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this is my life. it is my one time to be me. i want to experience every good thing.
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While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone ...
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Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poe...
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The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
of things unknown, but longed for still,
and h...
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I know that I've been guided by God. I am obedient.
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Segregation shaped me; education liberated me.
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I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know.
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You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - i...
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The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same t...
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