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Quotations From MAYA ANGELOU

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  • 1.
    In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn't really, absolutely know what whites looked like.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), African American poet, autobiographer, and performer. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 4 (1970). Remembering her childhood in strictly segregated, harshly racist Stamps, Arkansas, during the 1930s.

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  • 2.
    At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author, poet. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, ch. 31 (1969).

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  • 3.
    While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. repr. In Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989). "Involvement in Black and White," interview, Oregonian (Portland, February 17, 1971). Angelou lived and worked in Ghana and Egypt, 1962-1966.

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  • 4.
    The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. repr. In Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989). "Listening to Maya Angelou," California Living (May 14, 1975).

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  • 5.
    Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author, poet. repr. In Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989). "Maya Angelou: An Interview," (first published Oct. 1974).

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  • 6.
    I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. originally published in Girl About Town (Oct. 13, 1986). Kicking Ass (interview), Conversations with Maya Angelou, ed. Jeffrey M. Elliot (1989).

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  • 7.
    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 (b. 1928), U.S. author. Address, March 1990, Centenary College of Louisiana. New York Times (March 11, 1990).

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  • 8.
    Life loves the liver of it.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author. (originally published Jan.-Feb. 1977). The Black Scholar Interviews Maya Angelou, Conversations with Maya Angelou, ed. Jeffrey M. Elliot (1989).

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  • 9.
    ...there is a difference between being convinced and being stubborn. I'm not certain what the difference is, but I do know that if you butt your head against a stone wall long enough, at some point you realize the wall is stone and that your head is flesh and blood.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author and performer. As quoted in Reel Women, part 4, by Ally Acker (1991). Said in 1979, on giving up her attempt to be named director of the television version of the first volume of her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
  • 10.
    ...talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it.
    Maya Angelou (b. 1928), U.S. author and performer. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 1, by Claudia Tate (1983).
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