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born 4 April 1928, American author and civil rights activist

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take
our breath away.
Maya Angelou

Success is loving life and daring to live it.
Maya Angelou

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't
complain.
Maya Angelou

We need to haunt the halls of history and listen anew to the ancestors' wisdom.
Maya Angelou

Chilren's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
Maya Angelou

Timidity makes a person modest. It makes him or her say, "I'm not worthy of being written up
in the record of deeds in heaven or on earth." Timidity keeps people from their good. They
are afraid to say, "Yes, I deserve it."
Maya Angelou

To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
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Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice
any other virtue consistently.
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
Maya Angelou

Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be
the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.
Maya Angelou

I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right
decision.
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The needs of society determine its ethics.
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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.
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If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?
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You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.
Maya Angelou

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
Maya Angelou

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
Maya Angelou

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced
by them.
Maya Angelou

I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one.
Maya Angelou

Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it
become uncomfortable.
Maya Angelou

I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.
Maya Angelou

If men are God's gift to women, then God must really love gag gifts.
Maya Angelou

I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when
they're gone from your life.
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A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.
Maya Angelou

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to
believing nothing.
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Hate, it has caused a lot of problems in the world, but has not solved one yet.
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History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not
be lived again.
Maya Angelou

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
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Being a woman is hard work.
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Life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life
as art.
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The thorn from the bush one has planted, nourished and pruned, pricks more deeply and draws
more blood.
Maya Angelou

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.
Maya Angelou

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
Maya Angelou

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

When you know better you do better.
Maya Angelou

I've learned that "making a living" is not the same thing as "making a life".
Maya Angelou

A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
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