Remember if you decide for the Army, I'll support you. If you decide to be a whore, all I can say is, be the best. Don't be a funky chippy. Go with class.' She.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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I believe that there lives a burning desire in the most sequestered private heart of every American, a desire to belong to a great counter.

What is a fear of living? It's being preeminently afraid of dying. It is not doing what you came here to do, out of timidity and spinelessness. The antidote is to take full responsibility for yourself – for the time you take up and the space you occupy. If you don't know what you're here to do, then just do some good.

When the solution is simple, God is answering.

A friend may be waiting behind a stranger's face.

Childhood's logic never asks to be proved (all conclusions are absolute).

All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market.

The language of all the interpretations, the translations, of the Judaic Bible and the Christian Bible, is musical, just wonderful. I read the Bible to myself; I'll take any translation, any edition, and read it aloud, just to hear the language, hear the rhythm, and remind myself how beautiful English is.

My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!

You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'

Each time I write a book, every time I face that yellow pad, the challenge is so great. I have written eleven books, but each time I think, ‘Uh oh, they're going to find out now. I've run a game on everybody and they're going to find me out.

Don't be in such a hurry to condemn a person because he doesn't do what you do, or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today.

Don't let the man bring you down.

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.