African-American poet and author (1928-2014)
Maya Angelou was an American memoirist, popular poet, and civil rights activist. She published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, several books of poetry, and is credited with a list of plays, movies, and television shows spanning over 50 years. She received dozens of awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), tells of her life up to the age of 17 and brought her international recognition and acclaim.
Maya Angelou Quotes Page 3
Life loves the liver of it.
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: 'I'm with you kid. Let's go.'
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
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.
Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.