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Maya Angelou Quote: “Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable thing in and around the child, the region’s only enfranchised citizen.”

Home is that youthful region where a child is the only real living inhabitant. Parents, siblings, and neighbors are mysterious apparitions who come, go, and do strange unfathomable thing in and around the child, the region’s only enfranchised citizen.

— 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: “You’re not serious; you’re boring as hell.”

You’re not serious; you’re boring as hell.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace.”

Look heavenward and speak the word aloud. Peace. We look at our world and speak the word aloud. Peace.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Oh, the holiness of being the injured party.”

Oh, the holiness of being the injured party.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The truth will lead me to all.”

The truth will lead me to all.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Let me tell so much truth. I want to tell the truth in my work. The truth will lead me to all.”

Let me tell so much truth. I want to tell the truth in my work. The truth will lead me to all.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I try to see every day as a celebration.”

I try to see every day as a celebration.

— 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: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Every Day you should reach out and touch someone.”

Every Day you should reach out and touch someone.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “To be human is to be challenged to be more divine. Not even to try to meet such a challenge is the biggest defeat imaginable.”

To be human is to be challenged to be more divine. Not even to try to meet such a challenge is the biggest defeat imaginable.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.”

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The writer has to take the most used, most familiar objects – nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs – ball them together and make them bounce, turn them a certain way and make people get into a romantic mood; and another way, into a bellicose mood. I’m most happy to be a writer.”

The writer has to take the most used, most familiar objects – nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs – ball them together and make them bounce, turn them a certain way and make people get into a romantic mood; and another way, into a bellicose mood. I’m most happy to be a writer.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.”

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Tell the truth and not the facts.”

Tell the truth and not the facts.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth.”

This is what I am learning, at 82 years old: the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That’s what Norman Mailer did. That’s what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that’s what I do – that’s what I mean to do.”

To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That’s what Norman Mailer did. That’s what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that’s what I do – that’s what I mean to do.

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one – it’s the first blow in a suicidal movement.”

When the human race neglects its weaker members, when the family neglects its weakest one – it’s the first blow in a suicidal movement.

— 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: “A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true.”

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence neither speed up nor slow down add to nor diminish it is an imponderably valuable gift.”

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence neither speed up nor slow down add to nor diminish it is an imponderably valuable gift.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “You rose into my life like a promised sunrise, brightening my days with the light in your eyes. I’ve never been so strong. Now I’m where I belong.”

You rose into my life like a promised sunrise, brightening my days with the light in your eyes. I’ve never been so strong. Now I’m where I belong.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations.”

Listen carefully to what country people call mother wit. In those homely sayings are couched the collective wisdom of generations.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Determine to live life with flair and laughter.”

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


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: “All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”

All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness.”

Do not be wedded forever to fear, yoked eternally to brutishness.

— 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: “The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.”

The children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude, but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Modesty is a learned affectation. It’s no good. Humility is great, because humility says, ‘There was someone before me. I’m following in somebody’s footsteps.’”

Modesty is a learned affectation. It’s no good. Humility is great, because humility says, ‘There was someone before me. I’m following in somebody’s footsteps.’

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.”

In a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, love exists. I’m grateful to know that it exists.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


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: “Here on the pulse of this new day You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister’s eyes, Into your brother’s face, your country And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning.”

Here on the pulse of this new day You may have the grace to look up and out And into your sister’s eyes, Into your brother’s face, your country And say simply Very simply With hope Good morning.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.”

Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

It’s very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.”

One must know not just how to accept a gift, but with what grace to share it.

— 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: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Step off the road. Build yourself a brand new path.”

Step off the road. Build yourself a brand new path.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’”

You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.’

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self.”

If we all hold on to the mistake, we can’t see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can’t see what we’re capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one’s own self.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.”

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.”

Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise.”

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear, I rise. Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear, I rise.

— Maya Angelou

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