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Born: 1928-04-04
Died: 0000-00-00

Maya Angelou Biography

All great achievements require time.
- Maya Angelou
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All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened.
- Maya Angelou
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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
- Maya Angelou
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Courage is fear that has said its prayers.
- Maya Angelou
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For Africa to me is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
- Maya Angelou
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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- Maya Angelou
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How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
- Maya Angelou
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I answer the heroic question 'Death, where is thy sting' with 'It is here in my heart and mind and memories.'
- Maya Angelou
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I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.
- Maya Angelou
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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou
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I know why the caged bird sings.
- Maya Angelou
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If someone tells you who they are, believe them.
- Maya Angelou
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If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
- Maya Angelou
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If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
- Maya Angelou
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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
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In order to be profoundly dishonest, a person must have one of two qualities either he is unscrupulously ambitious, or he is unswervingly egocentric.
- Maya Angelou
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Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
- Maya Angelou
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Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other.
- Maya Angelou
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Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou
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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
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Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou
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Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
- Maya Angelou
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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
- Maya Angelou
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The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
- Maya Angelou
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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
- Maya Angelou
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There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
- Maya Angelou
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There is no agony like bearing an untold story inside of you.
- Maya Angelou
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We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
- Maya Angelou
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We really are 15 countries, and it's really remarkable that each of us thinks we represent the real America. The Midwesterner in Kansas, the black American in Durham -- both are certain they are the real American.
- Maya Angelou
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When you learn, teach. When you get, give.
- Maya Angelou
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While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
- Maya Angelou
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Without courage you cannot practice any of the other virtues.
- Maya Angelou
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You may encounter defeats, but you must not be defeated.
- Maya Angelou
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