Maya Angelou Quotes

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Maya Angelou Quotes

Money and power can liberate only if they are used to do so. They can imprison and inhibit more finally than barred windows and iron chains.
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The human heart ... tells us that we are more alike than we are unalike.

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I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.

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I answer the heroic question, 'Death, where is thy sting?' with 'It is in my heart and mind and memories.

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I don't know about lying for novelists. I look at some of the great novelists, and I think the reason they are great is that they're telling the truth. The fact is they're using made-up names, made-up people, made-up places, and made-up times, but they're telling the truth about the human being-what we are capable of, what makes us lose, laugh, weep, fall down, and gnash our teeth and wring our hands and kill each other and love each other.

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Later he explained that when a person is beating you you should scream as loud as possible; maybe the whipper will become embarrassed or else some sympathetic soul might come to your rescue.

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I met that lovely Detroit lady and thought my time had come But just before I said "I do" I said "I got to run" and started to Pickin em up and layin em down, Pickin em up and layin em down, Pickin em up and layin em down, gettin to the next town Baby.

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The Blacks was a white foreigner's idea of a people he did not understand. Genet had superimposed the meanness and cruelty of his own people onto a race he had never known, a race already nearly doubled over carrying the white man's burden of greed and guilt, and which at the same time toted its own insufficiency. I threw the manuscript into a closet, finished with Genet and his narrow little conclusions. Max

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How wonderful it is to be an American. We have known the best of times and the worst of times.

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I'm just someone who likes cooking and for whom sharing food is a form of expression.

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I've tried to be totally present, so that when I'm finished with a piece of work, I'm finished ... The work, once completed, does not need me. The work I'm working on needs my total concentration. The one that's finished doesn't belong to me anymore. It belongs to itself.

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It is the worst thing you can do, women, is whine, .. I mean the worst. Don't complain, protest.

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It may in fact be utterly impossible to be successful without helping others to become successful.

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I am convinced that courage is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently. You can be kind for a while; you can be generous for a while; you can be just for a while, or merciful for a while, even loving for a while. But it is only with courage that you can be persistently and insistently kind and generous and fair.

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On the day of your birth, the Creator filled countless storehouses, set aside for your use and yours alone.

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