To Mileva Maric: Only the though of you gives my life here a true meaning.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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Preparation is rarely easy and never beautiful.

I got my own back.

I know that I'm not the easiest person to live with. The challenge I put on myself is so great that the person I live with feels himself challenged. I bring a lot to bear, and I don't know how not to.

America was aptly described by George Bernard Shaw, who said that it was ‘the only country which had gone from barbarism to decadence without once passing through civilization.

Determine to live life with flair and laughter.

Early on, I was so impressed with Charles Dickens. I grew up in the South, in a little village in Arkansas, and the whites in my town were really mean, and rude. Dickens, I could tell, wouldn't be a man who would curse me out and talk to me rudely.

Numerous are the wares that nature produces by the dozen, but her choice products are few.

To Mileva Maric: When you are my dear little wife, we will zealously do scientific work together, so as not to become old philistines, right? My sister seemed to me so philistine. You must never become like that, it would be awful for me. You must always remain my witch and my street urchin?

My dear, I have known since I was a small boy on a hill in Greece that when I met you, you'd never tell me who you were, you would give another name. Equally beautiful and equally mystical. But I would know you by the music in your voice and the shadow of the forest on your beautiful face.

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it.

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

You don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.

I had to trust life, since I was young enough to believe that life loved the person who dared to live it.