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“Until recently each generation found it more expedient to plead guilty to the charge of being young and ignorant, easier to take the punishment meted out by the older generation (which had itself confessed to the same crime short years before). The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“If you don’t like something change it. If you can’t change it, change you’re attitude to it.”

― Maya Angelou

“People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God. My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come.”

― Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

“The devil lives in our mistakes, the lord lives in our rights. Who lives in our ignorance, and who wins after all?”

― Maya Angelou

“While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of mans humanity to a man.”

― Maya Angelou

“What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

― Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now

“Faith is the evidence of the unseen.”

― Maya Angelou

“We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin… but who we are internally… perhaps even spiritually. There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.”

― Maya Angelou

“People will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

― Maya Angelou

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