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Maya Angelou
(4 Apr 1928 - 28 May 2014)

American writer, poet and civil rights activist.

Science Quotes by Maya Angelou (13 quotes)

I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.
— Maya Angelou
Eighth stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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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.
— Maya Angelou
Ninth stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn.
— Maya Angelou
Tenth stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance.
— Maya Angelou
Fifth stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.”
— Maya Angelou
Fourth stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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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.
— Maya Angelou
First stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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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.
— Maya Angelou
Concluding stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.
— Maya Angelou
Third stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
— Maya Angelou
Seventh stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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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.
— Maya Angelou
Second stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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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.
— Maya Angelou
Sixth stanza of poem 'On Turning 70'. The poem is printed in Michigan Office of Services to the Aging, Annual Report 2004 (2005), no page number.
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Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.
— Maya Angelou
Epigraph quoted, without source cited, in Helen Nafziger, 'No Secret to Getting a Job', collected in Steven John Rothberg, The Last Job Search Guide You’ll Ever Need: How to Find and Get the Job Or Internship of Your Dreams! (2002), 143. Also found in several books published later. Webmaster has been unable, as yet, to verify this quote. If you know the primary source, please contact Webmaster.
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We don’t understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. … I think talent is like that.
— Maya Angelou
In Maya Angelo and Joanne M. Braxon (ed.), 'An interview with Claudia Tate', I Know why the Caged Bird Sings: A Casebook (1999), 154. Also seen paraphrased as, “Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.…”. [Many thanks to P.D. for locating the citation, previously unverified here.]
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