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Maya Angelou Quote: “A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Courage, I don’t think anybody is born with courage. I think you may be born with a flair to braggadocio, you know. That’s not courage.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Oh, the holiness of being the injured party.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Try, start always at home. This is my encouragement to all writers, start at home. All virtues and vices begin at home, and then spread abroad.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I like to go back and read poems that I wrote fifty years ago, twenty years ago, and sometimes they surprise me – I didn’t know I knew that then. Or maybe I didn’t know it then, and I know more now.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Yet it is only love which sets us free.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Intelligence is a separate gift, for the benefit of students, so that they may think of themselves as intellectual and not very intelligent, or intelligent and not very intellectual. One hopes, of course, that they try to bring the two virtues, the two elements, into their lives at the same time.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “In a magazine, one can get – from cover to cover – 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I come as one but I stand as ten thousand.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “A rose by any other name may smell as sweet, but a woman called by a devaluing name will only be weakened by the misnomer.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The truth is you never can leave home. You take it with you everywhere you go. It’s under your skin. It moves the tongue or slows it, colors the thinking, impedes upon the logic.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The breezes of the West African night were intimate and shy, licking the hair, sweeping through cotton dresses with unseemly intimacy, then disappearing into the utter blackness.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I love a Hebrew National hot dog with an ice-cold Corona – no lime. If the phone rings, I won’t answer until I’m done.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “We are the victims of the world’s most comprehensive robbery. Life demands a balance. It’s all right if we do a little robbing now.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Independence is a heady draught, and if you drink it in your youth, it can have the same effect on the brain as young wine does. It does not matter that its taste is not always appealing. It is addictive and with each drink you want more.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “If men are God’s gift to women, then God must really love gag gifts.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “When I passed forty I dropped pretense, ’cause men like women who got some sense.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I know that I’m not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don’t know how not to.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Now, after years of observation and enough courage to admit what I have observed, I try to plant peace if I do not want discord; to plant loyalty and honesty if I want to avoid betrayal and lies.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Out of the huts of history’s shame I rise.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Life offers us tickets to places which we have not knowingly asked for.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “I think that that’s the wisest thing – to prevent illness before we try to cure something.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “We must infuse our lives with art. Our national leaders must be informed that we want them to use our taxes to support street theatre in order to oppose street gangs. We should have a well-supported regional theatre in order to oppose regionalism and.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Everything costs and costs the earth.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US – in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump, shout and go to school somehow. Their optimism gives me hope.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The Black female is assaulted in her tender years by all those common forces of nature at the same time she is caught in the tripartite crossfire of masculine prejudice, white illogical hate and Black lack of power.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education, and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don’t understand but something I’m able to harness and use.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “When a person is going through hell, and she encounters someone who went through hellish hell and survived, then she can say, ‘Mine is not so bad as all that. She came through, and so can I.’”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The first thing I do in the morning when I awaken is say, ‘Thank you, Lord!’ I’m grateful to be alive, and I’m going to try to tell the truth as well as I know and tell it as eloquently as I can so that people can hear it.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright’s pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Take the blinders from your vision take the padding from your ears and confess you’ve heard me crying and admit you’ve seen my tears.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “If a person – any human being – is told often enough, “You are nothing. You are nothing. You account for nothing. You count for nothing. You are less than a human being. I have no visibility of you”, the person finally begins to believe it.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “Sometimes guns really matter. Protecting those who need protection – children, women, minorities in rough parts of town, old folks living in places where cops aren’t nearby. Guns are true empowerment for the powerless.”
Maya Angelou Quote: “The intensity with which young people live demands that they “blank out” as often as possible.”
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