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Maya Angelou quotes

African-American poet, 1928-

In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike.


For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.


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


If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.


If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.


I suggest that the great art belongs to all people, all the time--that indeed it is made for the people, by the people, to the people.


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 find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God's will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at commensurate speed.


I do not believe that the accident of birth makes people sisters and brothers. It makes them siblings. Gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood are conditions people have to work at. It's a serious matter. You compromise, you give, you take, you stand firm, and you're relentless...And it is an investment. Sisterhood means if you happen to be in Burma and I happen to be in San Diego and I'm married to someone who is very jealous and you're married to somebody who is very possessive, if you call me in the middle of the night, I have to come.


I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.


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