Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Maya Angelou Quotes

  • ''“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ''
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  • ''“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.” ''
  • ''“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” ''
  • ''“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” ''
  • ''“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.”''
  • ''“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.” ''
  • ''“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, Ill rise!” ''
  • ''“Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” ''
  • ''“I dont trust anyone who doesnt laugh.” ''
  • ''“Most people dont grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” ''

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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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Million Man March Poem

The night has been long,
The wound has been deep,
The pit has been dark,
And the walls have been steep.

Under a dead blue sky on a distant beach,
I was dragged by my braids just beyond your reach.
Your hands were tied, your mouth was bound,
You couldn't even call out my name.

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