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Maya Angelou Quote: “I’m a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.”

I’m a spring leaf trembling in anticipation.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.”

We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.”

I want all my senses engaged. Let me absorb the world’s variety and uniqueness.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!”

We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.”

It is a no-fail, incontrovertible reality: If you get, give. If you learn, teach. You can’t do anything with that except do it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.”

If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as heck we should never teach.”

The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don’t have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as heck we should never teach.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.””

Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, “I’m going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that’s tough. I am going to snow anyway.”

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I’m married to someone who is very jealous and you’re married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come.”

Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I’m married to someone who is very jealous and you’re married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.”

My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “A mother’s love liberates.”

A mother’s love liberates.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The nice thing about HOPE is that you can give it to someone else, someone who needs it even more than you do, and you will find you have not given yours away at all.”

The nice thing about HOPE is that you can give it to someone else, someone who needs it even more than you do, and you will find you have not given yours away at all.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We have it in us to be splendid.”

We have it in us to be splendid.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.”

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.”

Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure.”

Because of our routines we forget that life is an ongoing adventure.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Raising kids is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.”

Raising kids is like nailing Jell-O to a tree.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.”

In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.”

If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don’t think it will come back.”

It is only out of ignorance that people are cruel, because they really don’t think it will come back.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.”

Be certain that you do not die without having done something wonderful for humanity.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The honorary duty of a human being is to love.”

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. You must love yourself first, of course, and you must protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. Just say, ‘Just a minute. I’m worth everything, dear.’”

Laugh and dare to try to love somebody, starting with yourself. You must love yourself first, of course, and you must protect yourself so that nobody overrides you, overrules you, or steps on you. Just say, ‘Just a minute. I’m worth everything, dear.’

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market.”

All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.”

I’m just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that – if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!”

Don’t get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that – if you dare. But get older because it’s fun!

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Everybody is worth everything.”

Everybody is worth everything.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.”

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It is important that we learn humility, which says there was someone else before me who paid for me. My responsibility is to prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who is yet to come.”

It is important that we learn humility, which says there was someone else before me who paid for me. My responsibility is to prepare myself so that I can pay for someone else who is yet to come.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life .”

I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lessons of war and life .

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet.”

Life is a glorious banquet, a limitless and delicious buffet.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds.”

Each of us has the power and responsibility to become a rainbow in the clouds.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Time itself is an individual gift. It is wise to cherish it carefully and give it away generously.”

Time itself is an individual gift. It is wise to cherish it carefully and give it away generously.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Let us live so we do not regret years of inertia and ignorance, so when we die we can say all of our energy was dedicated to the noble liberation of the human mind and spirit, beginning with my own.”

Let us live so we do not regret years of inertia and ignorance, so when we die we can say all of our energy was dedicated to the noble liberation of the human mind and spirit, beginning with my own.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.”

Elimination of illiteracy is as serious an issue to our history as the abolition of slavery.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.”

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour.”

The human heart is so delicate and sensitive that it always needs some tangible encouragement to prevent it from faltering in its labour.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I am convinced that words are things, and we simply don’t have the machinery to measure what they are. I believe that words are tangible things...”

I am convinced that words are things, and we simply don’t have the machinery to measure what they are. I believe that words are tangible things...

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.”

I know for sure that loves saves me and that it is here to save us all.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The future is plump with promise.”

The future is plump with promise.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.”

Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don’t whine. You can be brought low, that’s OK, but don’t be reduced by them. Just say, ‘That’s life.’”

Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don’t whine. You can be brought low, that’s OK, but don’t be reduced by them. Just say, ‘That’s life.’

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “My grandmother told me that every good thing I do helps some human being in the world. I believed her 50 years ago and still do.”

My grandmother told me that every good thing I do helps some human being in the world. I believed her 50 years ago and still do.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Faith is the evidence of the unseen.”

Faith is the evidence of the unseen.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I think the more we know the better we are. I mean not just facts. The more we know about each other, the closer we are to learn something about our selves.”

I think the more we know the better we are. I mean not just facts. The more we know about each other, the closer we are to learn something about our selves.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Shakespeare must be a black girl.”

Shakespeare must be a black girl.

— Maya Angelou

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