Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on 4 April 1928 – 28 May 2014) was an African-American poet, memoirist, actress, director, and civil rights activist.
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All great achievements require time.
success, great, achievements, require, time
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
love, Inspirational, motivational, happiness, Smile
How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
heroes, celebrate, recognize, important
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.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
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.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Won't it be wonderful when black history and Native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
Life, love, respect
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.
travel, bigotry, prevent, demonstrating, peoples, cry, laugh, eat, worry
People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
People, forget, what, you, never, feel
You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes. You may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise.
You, may, shoot, me, words, cut, eyes, kill, air
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at anytime.
Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
love, sacrifice, make, great, do, want, whatever
How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.
The love of the family, the love of one person can heal.
Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
pity, self-esteem, Motivational
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
There, nothing, pitiful, young, cynic, gone, knowing, believing
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser,... get older because it's fun!
growing old, Age, wisdom
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.
solitude, loneliness, ignorance
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.
bigotry, crises, ignorance, compassion, kindness
Surrender, in its place, is as honorable as resistance, especially if one has no choice.
I've learned that you shouldn't go life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
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