Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou ( April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014) was an American poet, memoirist, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and was credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees.

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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.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time.

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.

What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.

When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

I've learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today life does go on and it will be better tomorrow.

The desire to reach the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise and most possible.

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.

I can be changed by what happens to me. but i refuse to be reduced by it.

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else you will have succeeded.

Regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

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.

Seek patience and passion in equal amounts. Patience alone will not build the temple. Passion alone will destroy its walls.

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

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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