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Maya Angelou quotes

In so many ways, segregation shaped me, and education liberated me.

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

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

I am never proud to participate in violence, yet I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves that we can be ready and able to come to our own defence when and wherever needed.

In a magazine, one can get - from cover to cover - 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.

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.

What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good.

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

I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.

I think we all have empathy. We may not have enough courage to display it.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.