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“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.”
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
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“If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.”
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“I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life. I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life." I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. 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. I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one. I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. 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.”
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“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.”
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“I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by 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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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.”
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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.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”
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“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.”
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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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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
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“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.”
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“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”
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“When you know better you do better.”
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“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
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“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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“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.”
Maya Angelou, Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
“Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”
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“A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
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“If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”
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“Be a rainbow in someone else's cloud.”
Maya Angelou, Letter to My Daughter
“Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
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“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
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“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
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“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
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“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”
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“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.”
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“The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”
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