by Maya Angelou
"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived; however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again."
"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning."
"Someone was hurt before you, beaten before you, humiliated before you, raped before you; yet someone survived."
"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
"Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style."
"The main thing in one's own private world is to try to laugh as much as you cry."
"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns all clean."
"Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable."
"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded."
"Alone, all alone
Nobody, but nobody
Can make it out here alone."
"We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders."
"Human beings are more alike than unalike, and what is true anywhere is true everywhere, yet I encourage travel to as many destinations as possible for the sake of education as well as pleasure."
"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go.""
"If you don't like somehting, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain."
"Nothing will work unless you do."
"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it."
"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it."
"Being a woman is hard work."
"Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."
"I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass."
"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song."
"Living a life is like constructing a building: if you start wrong, you'll end wrong."
"The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change."
"The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach."
"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."
"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."
"No one wants to travel the dark road of pain alone. We all look to those who went before us for inspiration and hope."