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Maya Angelou
If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.
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#Reality #Positive

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If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don't be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning 'Good morning' at total strangers.
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#Attitude

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Nature has no mercy at all. Nature says, "I'm going to snow. If you have on a bikini and no snowshoes, that's tough. I am going to snow anyway."
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#Character

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Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.
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#American Poet #Bigotry

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Someone was hurt before you; wronged before you; beaten before you; humiliated before you; raped before you; yet, someone SURVIVED
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#Hurt

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We allow our ignorance to prevail upon us and make us think we can survive alone, alone in patches, alone in groups, alone in races, even alone in genders.
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#American Poet

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It is the worst thing you can do, women, is whine, ... I mean the worst. Don't complain, protest.
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#Advice

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We must infuse our lives with art. Our national leaders must be informed that we want them to use our taxes to support street theatre in order to oppose street gangs. We should have a well-supported regional theatre in order to oppose regionalism and
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#Art

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I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
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#Attitude

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Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning.
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#Human

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The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
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#American Poet #Brain

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The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
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#Education #Character

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The honorary duty of a human being is to love.
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#Advise

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All great achievements require time.
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#Perseverance #Achievement

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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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#American Poet #Attitude

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I try to live what I consider a "poetic existence." That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work.
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#Appreciation

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There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
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#American Poet #Belief

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All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood.
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#Conditioning #Childhood

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

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Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.
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#American Poet

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Nothing will work unless you do.
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#Action #Attitude