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May 31, 2014

Memorable Quotes of Maya Angelou

Yesterday I posted my Tribute to Maya Angelou.  If you have never read her before, here is your chance.  I picked these  25 quotes from the Latin Times, to celebrate her life and lasting legacy:
  1. “I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -- Maya Angelou
  2. “My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.” -- Maya Angelou
  3. “My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.” -- Maya Angelou
  4. “While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation.” -- Maya Angelou
  5. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” -- Maya Angelou
  6. “Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” -- Maya Angelou
  7. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.” -- Maya Angelou
  8. “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” -- Maya Angelou
  9. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.” -- Maya Angelou
  10. “You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'” -- Maya Angelou
  11. “When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.” -- Maya Angelou
  12. “Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.” -- Maya Angelou
  13. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -- Maya Angelou
  14. “All great achievements require time.” -- Maya Angelou
  15. “I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.” -- Maya Angelou
  16. “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” -- Maya Angelou
  17. “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.” -- Maya Angelou
  18. “Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.” -- Maya Angelou
  19. “I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.” -- Maya Angelou
  20. “You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” -- Maya Angelou
  21. “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.” -- Maya Angelou
  22. “A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be any one's victim.” -- Maya Angelou
  23. “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.” -- Maya Angelou
  24. “I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.” -- Maya Angelou
  25. “What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself - for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good.” -- Maya Angelou

1 comment:

Gertrude Martins said...

Very inspiring and thought provoking quotes

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