Maya Angelou Brainy Quotes

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I’m interested in women’s health because I’m a woman. I’d be a darn fool not to be on my own side.

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I’ve read everything Thomas Wolfe ever wrote; my brother and I memorized whole chapters of ‘You Can’t Go Home Again’ and ‘Look Homeward, Angel.’

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In a magazine, one can get – from cover to cover – 15 to 20 different ideas about life and how to live it.

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In all my work, I try to say – ‘You may be given a load of sour lemons, why not try to make a dozen lemon meringue pies?’

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Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.

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My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.

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My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.

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The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.

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The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.

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Until blacks and whites see each other as brother and sister, we will not have parity. It’s very clear.

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We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.

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Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

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The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

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The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.

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I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.

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All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy – but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that’s how I am guided.

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Black people comprehend the South. We understand its weight. It has rested on our backs… I knew that my heart would break if ever I put my foot down on that soil, moist, still, with old hurts. I had to face the fear/loathing at its source or it would consume me whole.

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Don’t let the incidents which take place in life bring you low. And certainly don’t whine. You can be brought low, that’s OK, but don’t be reduced by them. Just say, ‘That’s life.’

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During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not.

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Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader.

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