In Maya Angelou's Words



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

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”

“When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.”

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
“I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

“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.”

“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”

“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”

“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”

“You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I'll rise!”

“I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh.”

“My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.”

“No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
“Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.”

“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.”

“If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.”

“Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.”

“The problem I have with haters is that they see my glory, but they don't know my story...”

“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

“Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.”

“If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.”

“Ritie, don't worry 'cause you ain't pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.”

“The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.”

"When I think about myself,
I almost laugh myself to death,
My life has been one great big joke,
A dance that's walked
A song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke
When I think about myself."



Thank you for your wonderful prose. You will be missed, Dr. Maya Angelou.


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