Favorite Quotations ~  Maya Angelou I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

"Look for the beauty in things." ~ Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

All great achievements require time.

Lyrical poetry is out for the time being, and something that is called rap or hip-hop is in. It is still poetry, and we can't live without it. We need language to tell us who we are, how we feel, what we're capable of — to explain the pains and glory of our existence.

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

Still, when it looked like the sun wasn't going to shine anymore, God put a rainbow in the clouds.

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

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

Troubles are a blessing, that force you to change, to believe.

Don't bring negative to my door.

Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure.

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean.

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

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

A woman writer will bring certain gear with her, having been born female, having been born into, maybe a society where women are not valued very much. But a woman writer tells us that here comes somebody who has decided she’s come to stay.

All I ask of…anyone, is that they be courageous. Conversations with Maya Angelou

Because of our routines we often forget that life is an ongoing adventure.

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.

Each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension.

I believe that every person is born with talent.

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