I remember reading her poems as a young girl and just... connecting. I felt that I could understand her and through her poems and acting that she understood me.
It didn't matter that she was black and I was white. We were both children of the earth and connected by just being.
When she read her poetry she could make you smile or make you cry. I will miss her and mourn the passing by being joyous and lifting my head high. RIP Maya.
My Maya Angelou Favorite Quotes:
1.) "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."
2.) "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."
3.) "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."
4.) "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
5.) If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
6.) Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.
7.) When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
8.) You can't forgive without loving. And I don't mean sentimentality. I don't mean mush. I mean having enough courage to stand up and say, 'I forgive. I'm finished with it.'
9.) Whatever you want to do, if you want to be great at it, you have to love it and be able to make sacrifices for it.
10.) There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
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