I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Still I'll rise.

I wasn't a pretty girl. I was six feet tall at 15, you know.

My mother died a week ago today in terrible agony. We are all completely exhausted. One feels in one's bones the significance of blood ties.

I was married a few times, and one of my husbands was jealous of me writing.

I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves – such an ethical basis I call more proper for a herd of swine.

To his sons: I am actually glad that neither of you dedicated yourselves to science, because it is a hard thing, full of difficult and futile work.

I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.

I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa, can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there, and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth.'

A big fat book full of colored drawings by Japanese children lies always on my table.

A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its premises, the more different kinds of things it relates, and the more extended its area of applicability.

Upon reflection, I marvel that no one saw through me enough to bundle me off to the nearest mental institution. The fact that it didn't happen depended less on my being a good actress than the fact that I was surrounded, as I had been all my life, by strangers.

You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.