Maya Angelou

1928 -

A Quote by Maya Angelou on ancestry, dreams, gifts, hope, and slavery

Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

Source: And Still I Rise, 1978

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on life, love, and world

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 (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on choice, honor, and life

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 (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on children, ignorance, and talent

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on existence, god, life, responsibility, and style

I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on relationships, simplicity, and truth

A bizarre sensation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true. A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and fraught with implications. . . . Each nicety becomes more sterile and each withdrawal more permanent.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on pity

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Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou

Still I rise. . . .

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

Source: And Still I Rise, 1978

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on education, intelligence, necessity, quality, strength, and tenderness

The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

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A Quote by Maya Angelou on opportunity and virtue

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.

Maya Angelou (1928 -)

Source: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", 1969

Contributed by: Zaady

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