Maya Angelou

(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)

Maya Angelou Quotes

  • ''“Ive learned that even when I have pains, I dont have to be one.”''
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  • ''“A friend may be waiting behind a strangers face.”
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    ― Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
  • ''“Ive learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, youll miss them when theyre gone from your life.” ''
  • ''“We need much less than we think we need.” ''
  • ''“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.” ''
  • ''“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.” ''
  • ''“Be present in all things and thankful for all things.” ''
  • ''“When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.” ''
  • ''“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they dont know my story...” ''
  • ''“First best is falling in love. Second best is being in love. Least best is falling out of love. But any of it is better than never having been in love.”''

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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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