Dr. Maya Angelou – our lives have been enriched because of her life

AngeloupoemDr. Maya Angelou overcame trials, shared her soul in her poems and writings with us. Because she has lived our lives have been enriched. She touched us by how she made us feel. “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 have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I’m a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself – all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.”

“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”

“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.”

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

“I know that when I pray, something wonderful happens. Not just to the person or persons for whom I’m praying, but also something wonderful happens to me. I’m grateful that I’m heard.”

“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.”

“You can’t forgive without loving. And I don’t mean sentimentality. I don’t mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, ‘I forgive. I’m finished with it.'”

“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.”

“We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.”

“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.”

“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.”

“All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us that we are all more alike than we are unalike.”

“Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.”

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”

“During bad circumstances, which is the human inheritance, you must decide not to be reduced. You have your humanity, and you must not allow anything to reduce that. We are obliged to know we are global citizens. Disasters remind us we are world citizens, whether we like it or not.”

“I’m working at trying to be a Christian, and that’s serious business. It’s like trying to be a good Jew, a good Muslim, a good Buddhist, a good Shintoist, a good Zoroastrian, a good friend, a good lover, a good mother, a good buddy – it’s serious business.”

“If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.”

Dr. Maya Angelou – Love Liberates

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