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Maya Angelou’s Life Changing Quotes | Quotes About Life

i do my best because i'm counting on you counting on me if you're always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be nothing will work unless you do do the best you can until you know better then when you know better do better develop enough courage so that you can stand up for yourself and then stand up for somebody else only equals can become friends if you find it in your heart to care for somebody else you have succeeded you alone are enough you have nothing to prove to anybody we may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated the desire to reach for the stars is ambitious the desire to reach hearts is wise this is what i am learning at 82 years old the main thing is to be in love with the search for truth life is pure adventure and the sooner we realize that the quicker we will be able to treat life as art when we give cheerfully and accept gratefully everyone is blessed i have found that among its other benefits given liberates the soul of the giver if i am not good to myself how can i expect anyone else to be good to me you can't really know where you are going until you know where you have been [Music] i've learned that people will forget what you said people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel every storm runs out of rain life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away the children to whom we read simple stories may or may not show gratitude but each boon we give strengthens the pillars of the world if you don't like something change it if you can't change it change your attitude when you know you are of worth not asking is about knowing it you walk into the room with a particular power when you know you are of worth you do not have to raise your voice you do not have to become rude you don't have to become vulgar you just are and you are like the sky is as the air is the same way water is wet it doesn't have to protest you can only become truly accomplished at something you love don't make money or golf instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes of you my great blessing is my son but i have daughters i have white ones and black ones and fat ones and thin ones and pretty ones and plain i have gay ones and straight i have daughters i have asian ones i have jewish ones i have muslim ones you can't use our creativity the more you use the more you have i was told many years ago by my grandmother who raised me if somebody puts you on the road and you don't feel comfortable on it and you look ahead and you don't like the destination and you look behind and you don't want to return to that place step off the road my work is to be honest my work is to try to think clearly then have the courage to make sure that what i say is the truth i not only have the right to stand up for myself but i have the responsibility i can't ask somebody else to stand up for me if i wouldn't stand up for myself and once you stand up for yourself you'll be surprised that people say can i be of help [Music] i love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the levels life's a you've got to go out and kick ass each of us has that right that possibility to invent ourselves daily if a person does not invent herself she will be invented so to be bidacious enough to invade ourselves is wise success is like in yourself liking what you do and liking how you do it hate it has caused a lot of problems in the world but has not solved one yet your belief in your work will speak for you life loves the liver of it all great achievements require time determined to live life with flair and laughter effective action is always unjust we need much less than we think we need the honorary duty of a human being is to love when you learn teach when you get give everybody is worth everything achievement brings its own anti-climax surviving is important thriving is elegant whining is just unbecoming i believe that every person is born with talent the need for change bulldoze the road down the center of my mind [Music] i know why the caged bird sings the needs of society determine its ethics if someone shows you who they really are believe them to develop courage you have to start developing courage as you do any other muscle you have to start with small things and build it up if one is lucky a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities all men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened 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 thing to do it seems to me it's to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud i've learned that no matter what happens or how bad it seems today life does go on and it will be better tomorrow i long as does every human being to be at home wherever i find myself it's very important to know the neighbor next door and the people down the street and the people in another race [Music] you should be angry you must not be bitter bitterness is like cancer it eats upon the host it doesn't do anything to the object of its displeasure so use that anger you write it you paint it you dance it you march it you vote it you do everything about it you talk it never stop talking it someone was hurt before you wronged before you hungry before you frightened before you beaten before you humiliated before you raped before you yet someone survived you can do anything you choose to do when i forgive other people and let them go i free them from my ignorance and as soon as i do i feel lighter brighter and better look what you've already come through don't deny it you've already come through some things which are very painful if you've been alive until you're 35 you have gone through some pain it costs you something and you've come through it so at least look at that and have a sense to look at yourself and say well wait a minute i'm stronger than i thought i was i'm really saddened by the attempts to separate and polarize this is a time when we have hungry people people out of work and people out of spirit this is a time where we need to uplift not separate [Music] if you must look back do so forgivingly if you look forward do so prayfully but the wisest course would be to be present in the present gratefully joy is the freedom it helps a person to find his or her own liberation the person who is joyous takes responsibility for the time he or she takes up and the space that he or she occupies you share it some of you have it you share it that is what joy is when you continue to give it away you will still have so much more of it happiness is a chance to talk to a friend to hear good music to have a good glass of wine happiness is a chance to be myself and to find people with whom i agree or who i don't agree but i can

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