Angelou, Maya (Quotes)

“All great achievements require time.”

“A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.”

“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.”

“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.”

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!”

“I believe that every person is born with talent.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”

“Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

“The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.”

“The sadness of the women’s movement is that they don’t allow the necessity of love. See, I don’t personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.”

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

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

“While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God’s creation.”

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