Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Maya Angelou Quotes

  • ''“A woman who is convinced that she deserves to accept only the best challenges herself to give the best. Then she is living phenomenally.” ''
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  • ''“There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” ''
  • ''“Success is loving life and daring to live it.” ''
  • ''“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform a million realities.” ''
  • ''“Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse.” ''
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • ''“Living well is an art that can be developed: a love of life and ability to take great pleasure from small offerings and assurance that the world owes you nothing and that every gift is exactly that, a gift. ” ''
    Wouldnt Take Nothing for My Journey Now
  • ''“Whining is not only graceless, but can be dangerous. It can alert a brute that a victim is in the neighborhood.” ''
  • ''“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable. It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.” ''
  • ''“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.” ''
  • ''“Ive learned that I still have a lot to learn.” ''

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Best Poem of Maya Angelou

Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? ...

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They Went Home

They went home and told their wives,
that never once in all their lives,
had they known a girl like me,
But... They went home.

They said my house was licking clean,
no word I spoke was ever mean,
I had an air of mystery,
But... They went home.

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