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

  • 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)

  • Just as hope rings through laughter, it can also shine through tears.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • 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)

  • It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
    (Maya Angelou)


  • Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • Anyone of us can be a rainbow in somebody's clouds. I want the University of Cincinnati to be a rainbow in the clouds. The University of Cincinnati is really a possibility of hope it is a rainbow.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • I said, 'Don't worry about it -- I know our culture.'
    (Maya Angelou)

  • The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • The white American man makes the white American woman maybe not superfluous but just a little kind of decoration. Not really important to turning around the wheels of the state. Well the black American woman has never been able to feel that way. No black American man at any time in our history in the United States has been able to feel that he didn't need that black woman right against him, shoulder to shoulder -- in that cotton field, on the auction block, in the ghetto, wherever.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • We, unaccustomed to courage
    exiles from delight
    live coiled in shells of loneliness
    until love leaves its high holy temple
    and comes into our sight
    to liberate us into life.
    (Maya Angelou, "")

  • All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment.
    (Maya Angelou)

  • I am overwhelmed by the grace and persistence of my people.
    (Maya Angelou)


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