October 29, 2009

Maya Angelou Quotes

I thought to share these quotes from Maya Angelou...

Read on to see how special they are!

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Without courage we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.

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

People will forget what you said
People will forget what you did
But people will never forget how you made them feel.

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.

I am capable of what every other human is capable of. This is one of the great lesons of war and life.

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

If we are bold, love strikes away the chains of fear from our souls.

Love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.
A Brave and Startling Truth.

It is possible and imperative that we discover
A brave and startling truth.

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
And without crippling fear.

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonders of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.

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