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Maya Angelou, American Poet ( April 4, 1928 - May 28, 2014 )

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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.~Maya Angelou


Inspirational Life Passion

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.~Maya Angelou


Change Attitude You

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.~Maya Angelou


Inspirational Rainbow Try

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


Motivational May Defeated

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.~Maya Angelou


Learning People Forget

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.~Maya Angelou


Love Hope Romantic

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


Love Death Respect

All great achievements require time.~Maya Angelou


Time Great Achievements

A wise woman wishes to be no one's enemy; a wise woman refuses to be anyone's victim.~Maya Angelou


Woman Wise Enemy

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


Love Smile People

I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.~Maya Angelou


Son Strong Heart

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


Time Relationship Believe

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.~Maya Angelou


Music Loneliness Space

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.~Maya Angelou


May Control You

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


Dance God May

It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.~Maya Angelou


Forgiveness Greatest

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


Mother Education School

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.~Maya Angelou


Anger Fire Cancer

You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.~Maya Angelou


Positive You Try

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it - I believe life loves the liver of it. I live it.~Maya Angelou


Life Work Thankful

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


Great You Story

I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place.~Maya Angelou


Best Respect Great

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.~Maya Angelou


Future Past Present

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.~Maya Angelou


Courage Practice Important

It is impossible to struggle for civil rights, equal rights for blacks, without including whites. Because equal rights, fair play, justice, are all like the air: we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.~Maya Angelou


Truth Justice Struggle

Find a beautiful piece of art. If you fall in love with Van Gogh or Matisse or John Oliver Killens, or if you fall love with the music of Coltrane, the music of Aretha Franklin, or the music of Chopin - find some beautiful art and admire it, and realize that that was created by human beings just like you, no more human, no less.~Maya Angelou


Love Music Art