Thursday, January 26, 2012

Maya Angelou: Present in All Things

Maya Angelou (1928-) is an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer." She is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. This critically acclaimed author has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees.

Here is a select list of quotations which offer an introduction to her perspectives:

-Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

-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.

-There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

-If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.

-The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.

-I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

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

-Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.

-My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.

Selected by quoteflections.

-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.

-Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.

-Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.

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

-When you learn, teach; when you get, give.

-We need much less than we think we need.

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

-Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

Selected by quoteflections.

-I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.

One of her most famous poems is entitled "On the Pulse of Morning" which was read at President Bill Clinton's inauguration.

...The horizon leans forward,
Offering you space to place new steps of change.
Here, on the pulse of this fine day
You may have the courage
To look up and out and upon me, the
Rock, the River, the Tree, your country....

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