Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson

Maya
Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson
1928
2014

American Poet, Dancer, Singer, Linguist, Civil Rights Activist, Playwright, Professor of American Studies and Autobiographer, Winner of Presidential Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom

Author Quotes

The honorary duty of a human being is to love.

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.

Nothing will work unless you do.

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.

If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?

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

Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.

Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without it we can't practice any other virtue with consistency.

To be human is to be challenged to be more divine. Not even to try to meet such a challenge is the biggest defeat imaginable.

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

Alone, all alone Nobody, but nobody Can make it out here alone

You may not get what you paid for, but you will pay for what you get.

To live is not just to survive, but to thrive with passion, compassion, some humor and style.

People whose history and future were threatened each day by extinction considered that it was only by divine intervention that they were able to live at all. I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.

Each of us has a responsibility for being alive: one responsibility to creation, of which we are a part, another to the creator - a debt we repay by trying to extend our areas of comprehension.

Author Picture
First Name
Maya
Last Name
Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson
Birth Date
1928
Death Date
2014
Bio

American Poet, Dancer, Singer, Linguist, Civil Rights Activist, Playwright, Professor of American Studies and Autobiographer, Winner of Presidential Medal of the Arts, Lincoln Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom