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The Best Maya Angelou Quotes

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A list of the best Maya Angelou quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Maya Angelou quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Maya Angelou quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Maya Angelou should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. R.I.P. to a legendary American author and literary voice who was revered globally for her commitment to civil rights. This list includes notable Maya Angelou quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking. This list answers the questions, "What are the best Maya Angelou quotes?" and "What is the most famous Maya Angelou quote?"You can see what subjects these historic Maya Angelou quotes fall under displayed to the right of the quote. Be sure to vote so your favorite Maya Angelou saying won't fall to the bottom of the list.
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    We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

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    My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.

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    If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.

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

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    The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.

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    A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

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    Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.

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    We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.

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    Each of us has the right and the responsibility to asses the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the feature road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting-inviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.

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    I believe that every person is born with talent.

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    Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

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    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.

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    Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time

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    Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: I'm with you kid. Let's go.

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    Life loves the liver of it.

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    Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence -- neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish -- it is an imponderably valuable gift. Each of us has a few minutes a day or a few hours a week which we could donate to an old folks home or a children's hospital ward. The elderly whose pillows we plump or whose water pitchers we refill may or may not thank us for our gift, but the gift is upholding the foundation of the universe.

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    At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.

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    I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.

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    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.

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    I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.

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    Something made greater by ourselves and in turn that makes us greater.

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    The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.

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    Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.

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    The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.

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    There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

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