As for the search for truth, I know from my own painful searching, with its many blind alleys, how hard it is to take a reliable step, be it ever so small, towards the understanding of that which is truly important.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American

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The wireless telegraph is not difficult to understand. The ordinary telegraph is like a very long cat. You pull the tail in New York, and it meows in Los Angeles. The wireless is the same, only without the cat.

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.

In order to avoid this bitter end, we would all have to be born again, and born with the knowledge of alternatives. Even then?

Women always worry about things that men forget; men always worry about things women remember.

The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough.

Only if outward and inner freedom are constantly and consciously pursued is there a possibility of spiritual development and perfection and thus of improving man's outward and inner life.

My pacifism is not based on any intellectual theory but on a deep antipathy to every form of cruelty and hatred.

I work very hard, and I play very hard. I'm grateful for life. And I live it – I believe life loves the lover of it. I live it.

Hope for the best, be prepared for the worse. Life is shocking, but you must never appear to be shocked. For no matter how bad it is it could be worse and no matter how good it is it could be better.

Language is man's way of communicating with his fellow man and it is language alone which separates him from the lower animals.

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.

I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

If more Africans had eaten missionaries, the continent would be in better shape.

When I have no special problem to occupy my mind, I love to reconstruct proofs of mathematical and physical theorems that have long been known to me. There is no goal in this, merely an opportunity to indulge in the pleasant occupation of thinking.