Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Biography

Author Profession: US Poet
Born: April 04, 1928
Died: May 28, 2014
Birth Sign: Aries

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Maya Angelou quotes

Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud.

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

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

It's one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself, to forgive. Forgive everybody.

Nothing will work unless you do.

I'm convinced of this: Good done anywhere is good done everywhere. For a change, start by speaking to people rather than walking by them like they're stones that don't matter. As long as you're breathing, it's never too late to do some good.

History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.

You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.

The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Somebody who may not look like you. May not call God the same name you call God - if they call God at all. I may not dance your dances or speak your language. But be a blessing to somebody. That's what I think.

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

You are the sum total of everything you've ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot - it's all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.

Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.

Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

Be the change that you wish to see in the world. Mahatma Gandhi

If your mind is at work, we're in danger of reproducing another cliche. If we can keep our minds out of it and our thoughts out of it, maybe we'll come up with something original. Peter Falk

The only time I can really relax is up a tree or somewhere outside. I love being outside. Tom Felton age

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