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  1. Modesty is a learned affectation. And as soon as life slams the modest person against the wall, that modesty drops.” — Maya Angelou
  2. Most people don’t grow up. It’s too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That’s the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don’t grow up.” — Maya Angelou
  3. Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.” — Maya Angelou
  4. Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” — Maya Angelou
  5. My grandmother took me to church on Sunday all day long, every Sunday into the night. Then Monday evening was the missionary meeting. Tuesday evening was usher board meeting. Wednesday evening was prayer meeting. Thursday evening was visit the sick. Friday evening was choir practice. I mean, and at all those gatherings, we sang.” — Maya Angelou
  6. 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
  7. My greatest blessing has been the birth of my son. My next greatest blessing has been my ability to turn people into children of mine.” — Maya Angelou
  8. My life has been long, and believing that life loves the liver of it, I have dared to try many things, sometimes trembling, but daring still.” — Maya Angelou
  9. My life has been one great big joke, a dance that’s walked a song that’s spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.” — Maya Angelou
  10. 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.” — Maya Angelou
  11. My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God – I thank God every time I think of it – I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.” — Maya Angelou
  12. 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

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