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SummaryMaya Angelou (born as Marguerite Ann Johnson in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.) is a famous Poet from USA, she is 89 years old and still alive, born April 4, 1928.
BiographyMaya Angelou is an American poet, writer, dancer, film and television producer, director, playwright and actor.
Angelou is a trained actor and dancer. She toured Europe in 1954 and 1955 with the musical Porgy and Bess. In the early 1960s, she was much in Africa, for example, had a relationship with the South African freedom activist Vusimuzi Make. In 1962, the relationship to Make an end. She then moved to Ghana where she was an administrator and instructor at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama. She wrote that a column for the newspaper The African Review. On his travels in Europe and Africa she made a point of learning the language. She mastered French, Italian, Spanish, Serbo-Croatian, Arabic and fanti, a dialect in Ghana.
She was a close friend of Malcolm X, and returned to the United States in 1964, where she contributed to the creation of his new human rights organization, the Organization of African American Unity. X was assassinated soon after. She also worked for Martin Luther King's organization, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King suite Angelou to organize a demo star production in 1968, but he was killed, 4 april in Memphis that year. It was Angelous birthday. After that Angelou has not celebrated his birthday, but instead sent flowers to King's widow, Coretta Scott King, until her death in 2006.
Inspired by a meeting with her friend James Baldwin, and encouraged by fines successor Robert Loomis Angelou spent writing his first book, the autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings as grief therapy after the assassination of King in 1968. The book was her breakthrough, her most acclaimed works. It has since followed up with a series of autobiographies.
Angelou has also had supporting roles in TV series and movies. Among these are the roots from 1977. She holds a lifetime professorship at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Zodiac etc.She is born under the zodiac aries, who is known for Active, Demanding, Determined, Effective, Ambitious. Our collection contains 53 quotes who is written / told by Maya, under the main topics: Life, Anger, Change.
Related authors: James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Coretta Scott King, Martin Luther
Source / external links:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou
Famous quotes by Maya Angelou (53)
"Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: "I'm with you kid. Let's go.""
"All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if their ideals are threatened"
"If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die"
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude"
"If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded"
"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength"
"Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him"
"As far as I knew white women were never lonely, except in books. White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them"
"At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice"
"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean"
"Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives"
"Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage"
"For Africa to me... is more than a glamorous fact. It is a historical truth. No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place"
"History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again"
"How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!"
"I believe we are still so innocent. The species are still so innocent that a person who is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer, just before he puts the final wrench on his throat, will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water"
"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver"
"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself"
"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"
"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"
"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back"
"If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities"
"Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning"
"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible"
"My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself"
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return"
"Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise"
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors"
"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation"
"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"
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends"
"While the rest of the world has been improving technology, Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man"
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope"
"Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon"
"The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned"
"The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste and even belligerance. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors, and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance"
"The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart"
"The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't allow the necessity of love. See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed"
"There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it"
"There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing"
"There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure the truth"