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Maya Angelou Quote: “When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’”

When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’

— Maya Angelou



Maya Angelou Quote: “Having courage does not mean we are unafraid.”

Having courage does not mean we are unafraid.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I’m grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim.”

I’m grateful to be an American. I am grateful that we can be angry at the terrorist assault and at the same time be intelligent enough not to hold a grudge against every Arab and every Muslim.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.”

Let the brain go to work, let it meet the heart and you will be able to forgive.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.”

Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library.”

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it.”

I agreed a long time ago, I would not live at any cost. If I am moved or forced away from what I think is the right thing, I will not do it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.”

If we don’t plant the right things, we will reap the wrong things. It goes without saying. And you don’t have to be, you know, a brilliant biochemist and you don’t have to have an IQ of 150. Just common sense tells you to be kind, ninny, fool. Be kind.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone.”

Take a month and show some kindness for the folks who thought that blindness was an illness that affected eyes alone.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.”

While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man’s humanity to man.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history.”

It is imperative that young white men and women study the black American history. It is imperative that blacks and whites study the Asian American history.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Don’t hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it.”

Don’t hesitate to learn the most painful aspects of our history, understand it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If you have a song to sing, who are you not to open your mouth and sing to the world?”

If you have a song to sing, who are you not to open your mouth and sing to the world?

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Mostly, what I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones and cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this: Do it. By all means, do it.”

Mostly, what I have learned so far about aging, despite the creakiness of one’s bones and cragginess of one’s once-silken skin, is this: Do it. By all means, do it.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I think when we don’t know what to do it’s wise to do nothing. Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply.”

I think when we don’t know what to do it’s wise to do nothing. Sit down quietly; quiet our hearts and minds and breathe deeply.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise.”

In spite of everything that was done to me and my race, in spite of the adversity and the bitter moments, again we rise.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming?”

I dreamt we walked together along the shore. We made satisfying small talk and laughed. This morning I found sand in my shoe and a seashell in my pocket. Was I only dreaming?

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “We will sometimes have defeats in life but you can have defeats without being defeated, you could fail without being a failure. When you see failure and defeats as merely part of the process to get to when.”

We will sometimes have defeats in life but you can have defeats without being defeated, you could fail without being a failure. When you see failure and defeats as merely part of the process to get to when.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear.”

Language. I loved it. And for a long time I would think of myself, of my whole body, as an ear.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.”

The plague of racism is insidious, entering into our minds as smoothly and quietly and invisibly as floating airborne microbes enter into our bodies to find lifelong purchase in our bloodstreams.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape.”

If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape.

— 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: “Love recognizes no barriers.”

Love recognizes no barriers.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “If we live long enough, we may even get over war. I imagine a time when somebody will mention the word war and everyone in the room will start to laugh. And what do you mean war?”

If we live long enough, we may even get over war. I imagine a time when somebody will mention the word war and everyone in the room will start to laugh. And what do you mean war?

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “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.”

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


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: “And if a person is religious, I think it’s good, it helps you a bit. But if you’re not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.”

And if a person is religious, I think it’s good, it helps you a bit. But if you’re not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe.

— Maya Angelou


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

Tell the truth and not the facts.

— 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: “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: “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: “Oh, the holiness of being the injured party.”

Oh, the holiness of being the injured party.

— Maya Angelou


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: “Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.”

Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.

— Maya Angelou


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

The truth will lead me to all.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.”

I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.

— 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: “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

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