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, she, our, us, how, 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.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Motivational, work, do, you, unless, will, nothing
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
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
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
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
The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
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.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at anytime.
love, Anytime, anybody, happen, can, virus, like, is
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
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
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.
If you are always trying to be normal , you will never know how amazing you can be.
normality, trying, normal, never, know, amazing, can
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.
Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels.
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.
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