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All Quotes by author - Maya Angelou
" A black person grows up in this country - and in many places - knowing that racism will be as familiar as salt to the tongue. Also, it can be as dangerous as too much salt. I think that you must struggle for betterment for yourself and for everyone. "
" Achievement brings its own anticlimax. "
" A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing. "
" All great achievements require time. "
" All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike. "
" All information belongs to everybody all the time. It should be available. It should be accessible to the child, to the woman, to the man, to the old person, to the semiliterate, to the presidents of universities, to everyone. It should be open. "
" All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened. "
" 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. "
The Right Thing
" And if a person is religious, I think it's good, it helps you a bit. But if you're not, at least you can have the sense that there is a condition inside you which looks at the stars with amazement and awe. "
" 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. "
" As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them. "
" At 50, I began to know who I was. It was like waking up to myself. "
" At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice. "
" At one time in my life, from the time I was seven until I was about 13, I didn't speak. I only spoke to my brother. The reason I didn't speak: I had been molested, and I told the name of the molester to my brother who told it to the family. "
" At one time, you could sit on the Rue de la Paix in Paris or at the Habima Theater in Tel Aviv or in Medina and you could see a person come in, black, white, it didn't matter. You said, 'That's an American' because there's a readiness to smile and to talk to people. "
" Autobiography is awfully seductive; it's wonderful. Once I got into it, I realized I was following a tradition established by Frederick Douglass - the slave narrative - speaking in the first-person singular, talking about the first-person plural, always saying 'I,' meaning 'we.' "
" A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim. "
" Bitterness is cancer - it eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. "
" Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. "
" 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. "
" Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. "
" Cooking certain dishes, like roast pork, reminds me of my mother. "
" 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. "
" Courage - you develop courage by doing small things like just as if you wouldn't want to pick up a 100-pound weight without preparing yourself. "
" Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older, you will be wiser, I believe that - if you dare. But get older because it's fun! "
" 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.' "
" 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. "
" Early on, I was so impressed with Charles Dickens. I grew up in the South, in a little village in Arkansas, and the whites in my town were really mean, and rude. Dickens, I could tell, wouldn't be a man who would curse me out and talk to me rudely. "
" 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. "
" Eating is so intimate. It's very sensual. When you invite someone to sit at your table and you want to cook for them, you're inviting a person into your life. "
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