A country becomes really a soul only in consciously serving the intellectual life.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse.

I never had the nerve to go up to him. I was quite afraid that if I tried to say, "Hello, Reverend Thomas," I would choke on the sin of mocking him.

Once you appreciate one of your blessings, one of your senses, your sense of hearing, then you begin to respect the sense of seeing and touching and tasting, you learn to respect all the senses.

I hadn't so much forgot as I couldn't bring myself to remember. Other things were more important.

Although I enjoyed and respected Kipling, Poe, Butler, Thackeray and Henley, I saved my young and loyal passion for Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson and W.E.B. Du Bois' Litany at Atlanta. But it was Shakespeare who said, When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes. It was a state with which I felt myself most familiar.

Those are facts, but facts, to a child, are merely words to memorize.

In all the institutions I try to be present and accountable for all I do and leave undone. I know that eventually I shall have to be present and accountable n the presence of God. I do not wish to be found wanting.

The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.

I found it hard to think of leaving my books. They had been my elevators out of the midden, and to whom could I entrust such close friends?

I really saw clearly, and for the first time, why a mother is really important. Not just because she feeds and also loves and cuddles and even mollycoddles a child, but because in an interesting and maybe an eerie and unworldly way, she stands in the gap. She stands between the unknown and the known.

My Mothers Gift of Courage To Me Were Both Large and Small.

We are only as blind as we want to be.

There's something which impels us to show our inner souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.

Though I do manage to mumble around in about seven or eight languages, English remains the most beautiful of languages. It will do anything.