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Maya Angelou Quotes





"Being a woman is hard work."
Maya Angelou

"The needs of society determine its ethics."
Maya Angelou

"If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers."
Maya Angelou

"The honorary duty of a human being is to love."
Maya Angelou

"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

"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
Maya Angelou

"Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong."
Maya Angelou



"Nothing will work unless you do."
Maya Angelou

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
Maya Angelou

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."
Maya Angelou

"The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry."
Maya Angelou

"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
Maya Angelou

"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!'
Maya Angelou

"It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable."
Maya Angelou

"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
Maya Angelou

"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
Maya Angelou



"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
Maya Angelou

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

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean."
Maya Angelou

"There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing."
Maya Angelou

"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



"Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable."
Maya Angelou

"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning."
Maya Angelou

"Lyrical poetry is out for the time being, and something that is called rap or hip-hop is in. It is still poetry, and we can't live without it. We need language to tell us who we are, how we feel, what we're capable of -- to explain the pains and glory of our existence."
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