Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou
Maya Angelou (icon (born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928) is an American author
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 and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer" by scholar Joanne M. Braxton. She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is the 1969 autobiography about the early years of African-American writer and poet Maya Angelou. The first in a six-volume series, it is a coming-of-age story that illustrates how strength of character and a love of literature can help overcome racism and trauma...

 (1969), tells of her first seventeen years.

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.

"Still I Rise" in And Still I Rise (1978)

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

As quoted in USA Today (5 March 1988)

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.

Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now (1993) p. 12.

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

As quoted in Worth Repeating : More Than 5,000 Classic and Contemporary Quotes (2003) by Bob Kelly, p. 263

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

As quoted in The Truth in Words (2005) by Neal Zero

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

As quoted in Goal Mapping : How to Turn Your Dreams into Realities (2006) by Brian Mayne, p. 84 :Written for the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations

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.