4 April, 1928
Maya Angelou is an American author and poet. She has published six autobiographies, five books of essays, and several books of poetry. Her career spanned more than 50 years. She has received many awards and honorary doctoral degrees. Angelou is best known for her series of autobiographies which focuses on her childhood and early adult experiences. Her first, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, brought her international recognition and acclaim.
A few of Maya Angelou's remarkable quotes:
~The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
~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.
~Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
~Talent is like electricity. We don't understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it.
~When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
~ There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth.
~My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. The some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
~Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, is good for him.
~Life loves the liver of it.
~The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides right through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
~When you learn, teach; when you get, give.
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