Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American


Women should be tough, tender, laugh as much as possible, and live long lives. Maya Angelou

Some suggestions for you :

All of us knows, not what is expedient, not what is going to make us popular, not what the policy is, or the company policy - but in truth each of us knows what is the right thing to do. And that's how I am guided.

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.

In an unfamiliar culture, it is wise to offer no innovations, no suggestions, or lessons. The epitome of sophistication is utter simplicity.

The intensity with which young people live demands that they "blank out" as often as possible.

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.

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.

If you're serious, you really understand that it's important that you laugh as much as possible and admit that you're the funniest person you ever met. You have to laugh. Admit that you're funny. Otherwise, you die in solemnity.

Most people don't grow up. It's too damn difficult. What happens is most people get older. That's the truth of it. They honor their credit cards, they find parking spaces, they marry, they have the nerve to have children, but they don't grow up.

I write some country music. There's a song called 'I Hope You Dance.' Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it.

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

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.

I have learned to accept my responsibility and to forgive myself first, then to apologise to anyone injured by my misreckoning.

Scientists investigate that which already is.

To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision.