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Angelou, Maya
Born: 1928-04-04
Died: 0000-00-00

US actress, author

She wrote autobiographical best-sellers including "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," 1970.

Quotes

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


Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the spaces between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.
- Maya Angelou

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

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
- Maya Angelou

Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong.
- Maya Angelou

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- Maya Angelou

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
- Maya Angelou

Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.
- Maya Angelou

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
- Maya Angelou

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

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
- Maya Angelou

Effective action is always unjust.
- Maya Angelou

Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it.
- Maya Angelou

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
- Maya Angelou

There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

 


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