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Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou, born 4 April 1928
12 Remarkable Maya Angelou 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 truth.
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.
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.
Life loves the liver of it.
The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou, born 4 April 1928

12 Remarkable Maya Angelou Quotes

  1. The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
  2. 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.
  3. Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.
  4. 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.
  5. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
  6. There’s a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Life loves the liver of it.
  10. The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
  11. When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
  12. Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ - which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.

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Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size   
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,   
The stride of my step,   
The curl of my lips.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,   
That’s me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,   
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.   
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.   
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,   
And the flash of my teeth,   
The swing in my waist,   
And the joy in my feet.   
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Men themselves have wondered   
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,   
They say they still can’t see.   
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,   
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.   
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.   
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,   
The bend of my hair,   
the palm of my hand,   
The need for my care.   
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.