When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Profession: Poet
Nationality: American


When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time. Maya Angelou

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To Mileva Maric: Just be of good cheer, love, and don't fret.

Only through perils and upheavals can Nations be brought to further developments. May the present upheavals lead to a better world.

I will not sit in a room with black people when the N word is used. I know it was meant to belittle a person, so I will not sit there and have that poison put on me. Now a black person can say, 'Oh, you know, I can use this word because I'm black.'

I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.

Poetry is music for the human voice. Until you actually speak it or someone speaks it, it has not come into its own.

I am a horse for single harness, not cut out for tandem or team work. I have never belonged wholeheartedly to country or state, to my circle of friends, or even to my own family. These ties have always been accompanied by a vague aloofness, and the wish to withdraw into myself increases with the years.

I believe that whatever we do or live for has its causality; it is good, however, that we cannot see through to it.

My mom was a terrible parent of young children. And thank God - I thank God every time I think of it - I was sent to my paternal grandmother. Ah, but my mother was a great parent of a young adult.

I gave birth to one child, a son, but I have thousands of daughters. You are Black and White, Jewish and Muslim, Asian, Spanish speaking, Native Americans and Aleut. You are fat and thin and pretty and plain, gay and straight, educated and unlettered, and I am speaking to you all. Here is my offering to you.

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. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.

I always knew from that moment, from the time I found myself at home in that little segregated library in the South, all the way up until I walked up the steps of the New York City library, I always felt, in any town, if I can get to a library, I'll be OK. It really helped me as a child, and that never left me.

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

Parents who tell their offspring that sex is an act performed only for procreation do everyone a serious disservice.

He never went to church, which Bailey and I thought also proved he was a very courageous person. How great it would be to grow up like that, to be able to stare religion down.