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Maya Angelou Quotes

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why - Mark Twain Quotes
A girl doesn't need anyone who doesn't need her - Marilyn Monroe Quotes
When I first saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew - William Shakespeare Quotes
Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is - Funny Quotes
Men go shopping to buy what they need. Women go shopping to find out what they want - Funny Quotes
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken - Oscar Wilde Quotes
Having you in my life made everything better - Love Quotes
When we first met, i had no idea you would be so important to me - Love Quotes
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I am convinced that most people do not grow up... We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias  (Maya Angelou Quotes) 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 Quotes) 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 Quotes) Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead, and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, 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 as well  (Maya Angelou Quotes) To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision. Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflict than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity  (Maya Angelou Quotes) There were people who went to sleep last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. And those dead folks would give anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of plowing. So you watch yourself about complaining. 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  (Maya Angelou Quotes) A certain person wondered why a big strong girl like me wouldn’t keep a job which paid a normal salary. I took my time to lead her and to read her every page. Even minimal people can’t survive on minimal wage. A certain person wondered why I wait all week for you. I didn’t have the words to describe just what you do. I said you had the motion of the ocean in your walk, and when you solve my riddles you don’t even have to talk  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I love living. I love that I’m alive to love my age. There are many people who went to bed just as I did yesterday evening and didn’t wake this morning. I love and feel very blessed that I did. I love, too, that I know a little more today than I did yesterday, or I simply know it more profoundly  (Maya Angelou Quotes) We are all creative, but by the time we are three of four years old, someone has knocked the creativity out of us. Some people shut up the kids who start to tell stories. Kids dance in their cribs, but someone will insist they sit still. By the time the creative people are ten or twelve, they want to be like everyone else  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Though we are many, each of us is achingly alone, piercingly alone. Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him. He came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance. Despite the anguish, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love, and survived and did more than that. He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his  (Maya Angelou Quotes) And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I encourage courtesy. To accept nothing less than courtesy, and to give nothing less than courtesy. If we accept being talked to any kind of a way, then we are telling ourselves we are not quite worth the best. And if we have the effrontery to talk to anybody with less than courtesy, we tell ourselves and the world we are not very intelligent  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I am convinced that courage is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can be kind for a while; you can be generous for a while; you can be just for a while, or merciful for a while, even loving for a while. But it is only with courage that you can be persistently and insistently kind and generous and fair  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Remember this: When you cross my doorstep, you have already been raised. With what you have learned... you know the difference between right and wrong. Do right. Don’t anybody raise you from the way you have been raised. Know you will have to make adaptations, in love, in relationships, in friends, in society, in work, but don’t let anybody change your mind  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I believe talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. It makes no judgment. I think talent is like that. I believe every person is born with talent  (Maya Angelou Quotes) There is a spirit in all music, the spirit has the ability to conjure up thoughts even pictures of something that happened or you wished would happen or you anticipate happening. Music has the ability to create ideas in you and me. It has the ability to encourage us to be creative  (Maya Angelou Quotes) You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it  (Maya Angelou Quotes) When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else. Some decide that happiness and glee are the same thing, they are not. When we choose happiness we accept the responsibility to lighten the load of someone else and to be a light on the path to another who may be walking in darkness  (Maya Angelou Quotes) 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 Quotes) History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back  (Maya Angelou Quotes) You don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Visit us again, savior. Your children, burdened with disbelief, blinded by a patina of wisdom, carom down this vale of fear. We cry for you although we have lost your name  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I have need of a friend. There is one and only one who will give the air from his failing lungs for my body’s mend. and that one is my love  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it  (Maya Angelou Quotes) 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  (Maya Angelou Quotes) I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass  (Maya Angelou Quotes) Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon  (Maya Angelou Quotes)
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