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  1. That’s the biggest gift I can give anybody: ‘Wake up, be aware of who you are, what you’re doing and what you can do to prevent yourself from becoming ill.’” — Maya Angelou
  2. The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” — Maya Angelou
  3. The best comfort food will always be greens, cornbread, and fried chicken.” — Maya Angelou
  4. The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.” — Maya Angelou
  5. The first decade of the twentieth century was not a great time to be born black and poor and female in St. Louis, Missouri, but Vivian Baxter was born black and poor, to black and poor parents. Later she would grow up and be called beautiful. As a grown woman she would be known as the butter-colored lady with the blowback hair.” — Maya Angelou
  6. The hope, the hope that lives in the breast of the black American, is just so tremendous that it overwhelms me sometimes.” — Maya Angelou
  7. The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.” — Maya Angelou
  8. The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I’ll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.” — Maya Angelou
  9. The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.” — Maya Angelou
  10. The love of the family, the love of one person can heal. It heals the scars left by a larger society. A massive, powerful society.” — Maya Angelou
  11. The more you know of your history, the more liberated you are.” — Maya Angelou
  12. The most important thing I can tell you about aging is this: If you really feel that you want to have an off-the-shoulder blouse and some big beads and thong sandals and a dirndl skirt and a magnolia in your hair, do it. Even if you’re wrinkled.” — Maya Angelou
  13. The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.” — Maya Angelou
  14. The only thing is, people have to develop courage. It is most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtues consistently.” — Maya Angelou
  15. The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you – black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.” —Maya Angelou
  16. The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.” — Maya Angelou
  17. The terrorist action of 9/11 gave birth to President Obama’s entry to the White House. Not directly, but indirectly.” —Maya Angelou
  18. The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else’s cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God – if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That’s what I think.” — Maya Angelou
  19. The truth is, no one of us can be free until everybody is free.” — Maya Angelou
  20. There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.” — Maya Angelou
  21. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” — Maya Angelou
  22. There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.” —Maya Angelou
  23. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.” — Maya Angelou
  24. There’s something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.” — Maya Angelou
  25. Those of us who submitted or surrendered our ideas and dreams and identities to the ‘leaders’ must take back our rights, our identities, our responsibilities.” — Maya Angelou
  26. Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything.” — Maya Angelou
  27. 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
  28. To take a few nouns, and a few pronouns, and adverbs and adjectives, and put them together, ball them up, and throw them against the wall to make them bounce. That’s what Norman Mailer did. That’s what James Baldwin did, and Joan Didion did, and that’s what I do – that’s what I mean to do.” — Maya Angelou
  29. Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.” — Maya Angelou

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