Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

American author and poet
4 April 1928 —

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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.

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Let`s tell the truth to people. When people ask, `How are you?` have the nerve sometimes to answer truthfully. You must know, however, that people will start avaoiding you because, they, too, have knees that pain them and heads that hurt and they don`t want to know about yours. But think of it this way: If people avoid you, you will have more time to meditate and do fine research on a cure for whatever truly afflicts you.

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

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

Jealousy in romance is like salt in food. A little can enhance the savor, but too much can spoil the pleasure and, under certain circumstances, can be life-threatening.

If one is lucky a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.

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.

Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.

When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.

I don`t trust anyone who doesn`t laugh.

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.

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