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
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.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
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.
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.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
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.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.