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Maya Angelou Quotes

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Maya Angelou quotes

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.

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.

The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.

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

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.

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.

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.