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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: “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: “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: “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.”

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


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: “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.”

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


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: “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: “Sometimes all you need in love is to make each other happy, to make each other laugh. So long as you can still do that ten years down the line then I think you’re gold. Never let the laughter slip from your relationship.”

Sometimes all you need in love is to make each other happy, to make each other laugh. So long as you can still do that ten years down the line then I think you’re gold. Never let the laughter slip from your relationship.

— 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: “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: “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: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was.”

Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was.

— 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: “I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.”

I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.

— 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


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: “In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons.”

In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons.

— 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: “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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “If men are God’s gift to women, then God must really love gag gifts.”

If men are God’s gift to women, then God must really love gag gifts.

— 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: “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: “In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.”

In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Achievement brings its own anticlimax.”

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Don’t let anybody raise you. You’ve been raised.”

Don’t let anybody raise you. You’ve been raised.

— 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: “If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”

If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “People feel guilty. And guilt is stymieing. Guilt immobilizes. Guilt closes the air ducts and the veins, and makes people ignorant.”

People feel guilty. And guilt is stymieing. Guilt immobilizes. Guilt closes the air ducts and the veins, and makes people ignorant.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Education is a process that goes on ’til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you’re in the company of an ignoramus.”

Education is a process that goes on ’til death. The moment you see someone who knows she has found the one true way, and can call all the others false, then you know you’re in the company of an ignoramus.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them.”

Nothing hurts more than realizing they meant everything to you, but you meant nothing to them.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream.”

A person is the product of their dreams. So make sure to dream great dreams. And then try to live your dream.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “There is no place where God is not.”

There is no place where God is not.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve.”

The world had taken a deep breath and was having doubts about continuing to revolve.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else.”

When we decide to be happy we accept the responsibility to bring happiness to someone else.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “When I passed forty I dropped pretense, ’cause men like women who got some sense.”

When I passed forty I dropped pretense, ’cause men like women who got some sense.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.”

In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities: either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Be courageous, but not foolhardy. Walk proud as you are.”

Be courageous, but not foolhardy. Walk proud as you are.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I’ll try, yes, I’ll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can’t do?”

When I was asked to do something good, I often say yes, I’ll try, yes, I’ll do my best. And part of that is believing, if God loves me, if God made everything from leaves to seals and oak trees, then what is it I can’t do?

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “Shelter Network’s programs and services are a rainbow in the clouds for homeless children and adults.”

Shelter Network’s programs and services are a rainbow in the clouds for homeless children and adults.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress.”

Tragedy, no matter how sad, becomes boring to those not caught in its addictive caress.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Life offers us tickets to places which we have not knowingly asked for.”

Life offers us tickets to places which we have not knowingly asked for.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Everything costs and costs the earth.”

Everything costs and costs the earth.

— Maya Angelou

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