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  • One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible and live long lives
    (Maya Angelou)

  • All great achievements require time.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • There is an amazing something in the American psyche which speaks about courage, and it says, 'Yes I can,' ... Yes, we will overcome it all because we have the spirit to do so.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
    (Maya Angelou)


  • I know why the caged bird sings.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • Ive learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • Work is something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • life is a gift, and i try to respond with grace and courtesy
    (Maya Angelou)

  • I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • We are weaned from our timidity
    In the flush of love's light
    we dare be brave
    And suddenly we see
    that love costs all we are
    and will ever be.
    (Maya Angelou, "")

  • She was a sister-friend to me, we called each other 'children sisters.' She was a great wife, obviously, and a wonderful mother and a great woman, a great American. When I think of great Americans she's one of the people I think of.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • Some of us are timid. We think we have something to lose so we don't try for that next hill.
    (Maya Angelou)


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