“When someone shows you who they are, believe them” Maya Angelou’s Quotes To Live By

“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you…”

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” I do not trust people who don’t love themselves and yet tell me, ‘I love you.’ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”

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“I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman, a woman who teaches by being.”

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“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”

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“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”

tumblr_n6afo44l0q1s3nuv7o9_500.jpg“Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.”

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.”

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“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

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“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”

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“…you will recognize me for I shall be the tall Black lady smiling.”

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“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.”

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My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”

-Maya Angelou

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