Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn't know what I was aware of. I knew I knew very little, but I was certain that the things I had yet to learn wouldn't be taught to me at George Washington High School.
("I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings")
More Quotes from Maya Angelou:Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition -- about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, 'I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway.'
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