Quotes by Maya Angelou (Poet/American).

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I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know.
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The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.
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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
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Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
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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.
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You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.
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It's good to remember that in crises, natural crises, human beings forget for awhile their ignorances, their biases, their prejudices. For a little while, neighbors help neighbors and strangers help strangers.
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My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
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I think a number of the leaders are, whether you like it or not, in the hip-hop generation. And when they understand enough, they'll do wonders. I count on them.
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Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
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A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.
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Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure.
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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.
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I was a dancer for many years. I was a premier dancer with 'Porgy and Bess,' the opera. And I taught dance some, in different places.
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My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.
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It's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race.
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I want to write so well that a person is 30 or 40 pages in a book of mine... before she realizes she's reading.
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I am grateful to be a woman. I must have done something great in another life.
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Our stories come from our lives and from the playwright's pen, the mind of the actor, the roles we create, the artistry of life itself and the quest for peace.
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Writing and cookery are just two different means of communication.
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For a person who grew up in the '30s and '40s in the segregated South, with so many doors closed without explanation to me, libraries and books said, 'Here I am, read me.' Over time I have learned I am at my best around books.
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At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself.
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A black person grows up in this country - and in many places - knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone.
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Effective action is always unjust.
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Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.
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