Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
Maya Angelou (1928 -)
Contributed by: Zaady
Still I rise. . . .
Source: And Still I Rise, 1978
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.
Source: "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings", 1969
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
I know why the caged bird sings.
Source: Quoting a lyric by Paul Laurence Dunbar
One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave, I am the dream and the hope of the slave. I rise I rise I rise.
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.
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
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