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

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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 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: “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: “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: “Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.”

Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.

— 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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “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: “Continue to plant a kiss of concern on the cheek of the sick and the aged and infirm and count that actions as natural and to be expected.”

Continue to plant a kiss of concern on the cheek of the sick and the aged and infirm and count that actions as natural and to be expected.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


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: “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: “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: “It may in fact be utterly impossible to be successful without helping others to become successful.”

It may in fact be utterly impossible to be successful without helping others to become successful.

— 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: “Everything costs and costs the earth.”

Everything costs and costs the earth.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “My people had used music to soothe slavery’s torment or to propitiate God, or to describe the sweetness of love and the distress of lovelessness, but I knew no race could sing and dance its way to freedom.”

My people had used music to soothe slavery’s torment or to propitiate God, or to describe the sweetness of love and the distress of lovelessness, but I knew no race could sing and dance its way to freedom.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.”

Everyone has at least one story, and each of us is funny if we admit it. You have to admit you’re the funniest person you’ve ever heard of.

— 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: “You think you may not be heard. Speak anyway.”

You think you may not be heard. Speak anyway.

— 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: “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: “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: “Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn’t undermine the fact that they built the churches and maintain the pulpits.”

Black women have not historically stood in the pulpit, but that doesn’t undermine the fact that they built the churches and maintain the pulpits.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Blacks concede that hurrawing, jibing, jiving, signifying, disrespecting, cursing, even outright insults might be acceptable under particular conditions, but aspersions cast against one’s family call for immediate attack.”

Blacks concede that hurrawing, jibing, jiving, signifying, disrespecting, cursing, even outright insults might be acceptable under particular conditions, but aspersions cast against one’s family call for immediate attack.

— 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: “Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses.”

Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses.

— 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: “It’s wonderful that whenever Patsy Cline’s name is mentioned, people’s voices fall and they become right sentimental. And, rightly so.”

It’s wonderful that whenever Patsy Cline’s name is mentioned, people’s voices fall and they become right sentimental. And, rightly so.

— 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: “I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I’m a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself – all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.”

I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I’m a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself – all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.”

The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don’t understand but something I’m able to harness and use.”

Creativity or talent, like electricity, is something I don’t understand but something I’m able to harness and use.

— Maya Angelou


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.”

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


Maya Angelou Quote: “I don’t think modesty is a very good virtue, if it is a virtue at all. A modest person will drop the modesty in a minute. It’s a learned affectation.”

I don’t think modesty is a very good virtue, if it is a virtue at all. A modest person will drop the modesty in a minute. It’s a learned affectation.

— Maya Angelou


Maya Angelou Quote: “And one of my absolute favorite quotes of all-time, one that I’ve adopted as one of my greatest life mottos: Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.””

And one of my absolute favorite quotes of all-time, one that I’ve adopted as one of my greatest life mottos: Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.”

— 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

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