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Maya Angelou Quotes

63 of the best book quotes from Maya Angelou
  1. #1
    Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
  2. #2
    Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.
  3. #3
    Language is man’s way of communicating with his fellow man and it is language alone which separates him from the lower animals.
  4. #4
    “I am convinced that most people do not grow up. We find parking spaces and honor our credit cards. We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.”
  5. #5
    “When I find myself filling with rage over the loss of a beloved, I try as soon as possible to remember that my concerns and questions should be focused on what I learned or what I have yet to learn from my departed love. What legacy was left which can help me in the art of living a good life?
    Did I learn to be kinder,
    To be more patient,
    And more generous,
    More loving,
    More ready to laugh,
    And more easy to accept honest tears?
    If I accept those legacies of my departed beloveds, I am able to say, Thank You to them for their love and Thank You to God for their lives.”
  6. #6
    “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
  7. #7
    “Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”
  8. #8
    “Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood.”
  9. #9
    “I am never proud to participate in violence, yet, I know that each of us must care enough for ourselves, that we can be ready and able to come to our own defense when and wherever needed.”
  10. #10
    “One person, with good purpose, can, constitute the majority.”
  1. #11
    “That day, I learned that I could be a giver by simply bringing a smile to another person. The ensuing years have taught me that a kind word, a vote of support is a charitable gift. I can move over and make another place for someone. I can turn my music up if it pleases, or down if it is annoying. I may never be known as a philanthropist, but I certainly am a lover of mankind, and I will give freely of my resources.”
  2. #12
    “The charitable say in effect, ‘I seem to have more than I need and you seem to have less than you need. I would like to share my excess with you.’ Fine, if my excess is tangible, money or goods, and fine if not, for I learned that to be charitable with gestures and words can bring enormous joy and repair injured feelings.”
  3. #13
    “We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.”
  4. #14
    “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
  5. #15
    “A friend may be waiting behind a stranger’s face.”
  6. #16
    “Whenever I began to question whether God exists, I looked up to the sky and surely there, right there, between the sun and moon, stands my grandmother, singing a long meter hymn, a song somewhere between a moan and a lullaby and I know faith is the evidence of things unseen. And all I have to do is continue trying to be a Christian.”
  7. #17
    “You said to lean on your arm
    And I am leaning
    You said to trust in your love
    And I am trusting
    You said to call on your name
    And I am calling
    I’m stepping out on your word.”
  8. #18
    “Imagine, I might really become somebody. Someday.”
  9. #19
    “Let’s tell the truth to people. When people ask, ‘How are you?’ have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don’t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.”
  10. #20
    “The human heart . . . tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.”

Books about love

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More Than Balloons book
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The Rag Coat book
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6.1
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Three Little Words book
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6.0
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All the Places to Love book
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6.0
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Penguin and Pinecone book
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6.0
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Spot Loves His Daddy book
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The Trumpet of the Swan book
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Wherever You Are book
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  1. #21
    “Since life is our most precious gift
    And since it is given to us to live but once,
    Let us so live that we will not regret.”
  2. #22
    “I find it very difficult to let a friend or beloved go into that country of no return. I answer the heroic question, “Death, where is thy sting?” with “It is here in my heart, and my mind, and my memories.”
  3. #23
    “I learned to love my son without wanting to possess him and I learned how to teach him to teach himself.”
  4. #24
    “There was a possibility that God really did love me, me Maya Angelou. I suddenly began to cry at the gravity and grandeur of it all. I knew that if God loved me, then I could do wonderful things, I could try great things, learn anything, achieve anything. For what could stand against me, since one person, with God, constitutes the majority?”
  5. #25
    “In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons.”
  6. #26
    Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse.
  7. #27
    As I ate she began the first of what we later called “my lessons in living.” She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and even more intelligent than college professors. She encouraged me to listen carefully to what country people called mother wit. That in those homely sayings was couched the collective wisdom of generations.
  8. #28
    Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God. My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come.
  9. #29
    Pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.
  10. #30
    Ritie, don’t worry ‘cause you ain’t pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.
  1. #31
    If growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult.
  2. #32
    The caged bird sings with a fearful trill,
    of things unknown, but longed for still,
    and his tune is heard on the distant hill,
    for the caged bird sings of freedom.
  3. #33
    The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
  4. #34
    He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education, and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack.
  5. #35
    The city became for me the ideal of what I wanted to be as a grown-up. Friendly, but never gushing, cool but not frigid or distant, distinguished without the awful stiffness.
  6. #36
    But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
    his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
    his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
    so he opens his throat to sing
  7. #37
    Miss Kirwin was that rare educator who was in love with information. I will always believe that her love of teaching came not so much from her liking for students but from her desire to make sure that some of the things she knew would find repositories so that they could be shared again.
  8. #38
    There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
  9. #39
    To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision
  10. #40
    If you’re for the right thing, you do it without thinking.

Books about kindness

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To the Sea book
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Here We Are book
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Kindness Rules! book
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6.3
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Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse book
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6.2
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The Nice Book book
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6.1
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Petra book
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6.0
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 Sandcastle That Lola Built book
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Great Joy book
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  1. #41
    Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
  2. #42
    She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy
  3. #43
    People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. 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
  4. #44
    Can’t Do is like Don’t Care. Neither of them have a home.
  5. #45
    I was basically good. Not understood, and not even liked, but even so, just, and better than just. I was merciful.
  6. #46
    Although I had no regrets, I told myself sadly that growing up was not the painless process one would have thought it to be.
  7. #47
    Childhood’s logic never asks to be proved (all conclusions are absolute)
  8. #48
    “I have learned to accept my responsibility and to forgive myself first, then to apologize to anyone injured by my misreckoning.”
  9. #49
    “I have found that the platonic affection in friendships and familial love for children can be relied upon with certainty to lift the bruised soul and repair the wounded spirit.”
  10. #50
    “I wish we could stop the little lies. I don’t mean that one has to be brutally frank. I don’t believe that we should be brutal about anything, however, it is wonderfully liberating to be honest. One does not have to tell all that one knows, but we should be careful what we say is the truth.”
  1. #51
    “Those are facts, but facts, to a child, are merely words to memorize.”
  2. #52
    “My mother is so full of joy and life. I am her child, and that is better than being the child of anyone else.
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  3. #53
    ″ Be present in all things and thankful for all things.”
  4. #54
    “Love liberates... she liberated me to life.”
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  5. #55
    “Each of us has lived through some devastation, some loneliness, some weather superstorm or spiritual superstorm. When we look at each other we must say, I understand. I understand how you feel because I have been there myself. We must support each other because each of us is more alike then we are unalike. ”
  6. #56
    ″ In all the world, there is no heart for me like yours.
    In all the world, there is no love for you like mine.”
  7. #57
    ″ Do the best you can, until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.”
  8. #58
    “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
  9. #59
    ″ People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
  10. #60
    ″ 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.”
  11. #61
    ″ I do my best because I am counting on you counting on me.”
  12. #62
    “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”
  13. #63
    “To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow.”
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