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.
diversity, strength, beauty, parenting, strengthen, early, people, Young, Teach
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.
Motivational, work, do, you, unless, will, nothing
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.
Motivational, defeated, be, not, must, but, defeats, many, encounter
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at anytime.
love, Anytime, anybody, happen, can, virus, like, is
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.
love, Family, heal, can, person, one
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
Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest .
Without, courage, we, practice, other, virtue, consistency, can't, kind
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.
You, use, creativity, more
In the flush of love's light, we dare be brave. And suddenly we see that love costs all we are, and will ever be. Yet it is only love which sets us free.
My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
In all my work, I try to say - "You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?"
I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.
I refuse to allow any man-made differences to separate me from any other human beings.
Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory. We come from the Creator with creativity. I think that each one of us is born with creativity.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
Human beings love poetry. They don't even know it sometimes... whether they're the songs of Bono, or the songs of Justin Bieber... they're listening to poetry.
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