Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA) is an African-American poet, memoirist, actress, director, and civil rights activist.
Found 99 thoughts of Maya Angelou

The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.

Maya Angelou

My life has been one great big joke, A dance that's walked, A song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke, When I think about myself.

Maya Angelou

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go."

Maya Angelou

Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone

Maya Angelou

If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.

Maya Angelou

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Maya Angelou

Some people unable to go to school were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors.

Maya Angelou

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Maya Angelou

The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.

Maya Angelou

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.

Maya Angelou

I am always talking about the human condition and about American society in particular: what it is like to be human, what makes us weep, what makes us fall and stumble and somehow rise and go on from darkness into darkness and that darkness carpeted with figures of fear and the hounds behind and the hunters behind and one more river to cross and oh, my God, will I ever reach that somewhere, that safe-getting-up morning. I suggest to you that art allows us to stand erect.

Maya Angelou

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.

Maya Angelou

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

Maya Angelou

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

Maya Angelou

Some of us are timid. We think we have something to lose so we don't try for that next hill.

Maya Angelou

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

Maya Angelou

Effective action is always unjust.

Maya Angelou

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

Maya Angelou

I believe that every person is born with talent.

Maya Angelou

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.

Maya Angelou

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.

Maya Angelou

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

Maya Angelou

As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.

Maya Angelou

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.

Maya Angelou

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.

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