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    A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: men  heart  god 
     
    When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: time  believe 
     
    The human heart… tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: human 
     
    If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
    — Maya Angelou
    Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: people  eyes 
     
    Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: victim  dangerous 
     
    History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage need not be lived again.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: pain  courage 
     
    I hope that I may always desire more than I can accomplish.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: desires  hope 
     
    I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
    — Maya Angelou
    A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: people  young  knowing  gone 
     
    I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.'
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: truth  girls  africa  write  black 
     
    How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: time  american 
     
    I did work in a strip club, but I didn't strip. I danced, and I became very popular.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: work 
     
    We are braver and wiser because they existed, those strong women and strong men... We are who we are because they were who they were. It's wise to know where you come from, who called your name.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: men  women  strong  wise 
     
    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.
    — Maya Angelou
    If you want what you're saying heard, then take your time and say it so that the listener will actually hear it. You might save somebody's life. Your own, first.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: time  saying 
     
    In all my work, in the movies I write, the lyrics, the poetry, the prose, the essays, I am saying that we may encounter many defeats - maybe it's imperative that we encounter the defeats - but we are much stronger than we appear to be and maybe much better than we allow ourselves to be. Human beings are more alike than unalike.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: work  human  saying  movie  poetry  write  lyrics 
     
    One of my lungs is half gone, and the other half, because I smoked for years, has a lesion. So I can't swim anymore and had the swimming pool covered over. Now it's what I call the dance pavilion, and so I and my friends sit out and put music on and watch people dance.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: people  friends  gone  music  dance  year 
     
    The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama's entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: action  birth 
     
    Whenever I want to laugh, I read a wonderful book, 'Children's Letters to God.' You can open it anywhere. One I read recently said, 'Dear God, thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.'
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: god  book  read 
     
    Encouragement to all women is - let us try to offer help before we have to offer therapy. That is to say, let's see if we can't prevent being ill by trying to offer a love of prevention before illness.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: women  illness  help 
     
    I thank God I'm myself and for the life I'm given to live and for friends and lovers and beloveds, and I thank God for knowing that all those people have already paid for me.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: people  live  friends  knowing  god  lover 
     
    Every December, I host a tree-trimming party. I serve chili with cornbread and lots of good wine. It's a wonderful party, and it shows how much adults like to play.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: adult 
     
    My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: night  prayer  church  meeting 
     
    Develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: courage 
     
    I'm grateful for being here, for being able to think, for being able to see, for being able to taste, for appreciating love " for knowing that it exists in a world so rife with vulgarity, with brutality and violence, and yet love exists. I'm grateful to know that it exists.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: world  violence  knowing 
     
    You don't need another person, place or thing to make you whole. God already did that. Your job is to know it.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: people  job  god 
     
    Forgiveness. It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody. You are relieved of carrying that burden of resentment. You really are lighter. You feel lighter. You just drop that.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: forgiveness  gift 
     
    My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: world  kindness  wishes 
     
    If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: attitude 
     
    We are only as blind as we want to be.
    — Maya Angelou
    We need Joy as we need air. We need Love as we need water. We need each other as we need the earth we share.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: joy  earth  water  shares 
     
    Each one of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm, when we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other and empathize with each other because each of us is more alike than we are unalike.
    — Maya Angelou
    Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.
    — Maya Angelou
    When you know you are of worth, you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude, you don't have to become vulgar; you just are. And you are like the sky is, as the air is, the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: sky  water  worth 
     
    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.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: people 
     
    Precious jewel, you glow, you shine, reflecting all the good things in the world. Just look at yourself.
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: world 
     
    When I say 'I am a Christian', I'm not shouting 'I'm saved'. I'm whispering 'I get lost'. That is why I chose this way...
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: lost  christian 
     
    How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
    — Maya Angelou
    tags: hero 
     
    If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.
    — Maya Angelou
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    maya angelou
    Birth    : April 4, 1928
    Death  : May 28, 2014
    Occupation  : Author