If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
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.
Those sweet excesses that
I do adore.
In all my work what I try to say is that as human beings we are more alike than we are unalike.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone.
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
The Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health has a national conference every other year. This year the focus of our conference is on cardiovascular disease or heart disease and how to translate research into practice.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.
The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
Someone was hurt before you wronged before you beaten before you humiliated before you raped before you yet, someone SURVIVED
Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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.
women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible and live long lives
All great achievements require time.
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.
To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.
I know why the caged bird sings.
Ive learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
Work is something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.
life is a gift, and i try to respond with grace and courtesy
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry.
Some of us are timid. We think we have something to lose so we don't try for that next hill.
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