Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou (/ˈmaɪ.ə ˈændʒəloʊ/; born Marguerite Annie Johnson; April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim. She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, sex worker, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Con... More

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Maya Angelou #Anger

Photo of Maya Angelou Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Maya Angelou #Change

Photo of Maya Angelou The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
Maya Angelou #Courage #Great #Hope #Love #Work

Photo of Maya Angelou My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
Maya Angelou #Courage #History

Photo of Maya Angelou History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
Maya Angelou #Learning

Photo of Maya Angelou I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou #Attitude #Change

Photo of Maya Angelou If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
Maya Angelou #Future

Photo of Maya Angelou Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
Maya Angelou #Great

Photo of Maya Angelou There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou #Great #Time

Photo of Maya Angelou All great achievements require time.
Maya Angelou #Great #Life

Photo of Maya Angelou My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
Maya Angelou #Home

Photo of Maya Angelou The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
Maya Angelou #Home

Photo of Maya Angelou I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
Maya Angelou #Hope #Love

Photo of Maya Angelou Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
Maya Angelou #Life

Photo of Maya Angelou Life loves the liver of it.
Maya Angelou #Life

Photo of Maya Angelou There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
Maya Angelou #Life

Photo of Maya Angelou Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
Maya Angelou #Beauty #Strength #Time

Photo of Maya Angelou It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
Maya Angelou #Love #Smile #Valentine's Day

Photo of Maya Angelou If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
Maya Angelou #Love #Respect

Photo of Maya Angelou If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
Maya Angelou #Love #Time

Photo of Maya Angelou Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
Maya Angelou #Alone

Photo of 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 #Technology

Photo of Maya Angelou While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
Maya Angelou #Truth

Photo of Maya Angelou There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
Maya Angelou #Courage

Photo of Maya Angelou 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.
Maya Angelou #Courage

Photo of 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 can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.