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Music was my refuge.
by Maya Angelou

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

Related topics: Music

People will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
- Maya Angelou PHOTO

I have found that among its other benefits,
giving liberates the soul of the giver.
- Maya Angelou

The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can
go as we are and not be questioned.
- Maya Angelou

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Everything has rhythm. everything dances.
- Maya Angelou

One must know not just how to accept a gift,
but with what grace to share it.
- Maya Angelou

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


 

If you don't like something, change it,
If you can't change it, change your attitude
- Maya Angelou

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.
- Maya Angelou

There's a world of difference between truth and facts.
Facts can obscure truth.
- Maya Angelou

The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
- Maya Angelou

Life loves the liver of it.
- Maya Angelou

Nothing will work unless you do.
- Maya Angelou

Life is a gift, and I try to respond with grace and courtesy.
- Maya Angelou

Love is like a virus.
It can happen to anybody at any time.
- Maya Angelou

Bitterness is like cancer.
It eats upon the host.
But anger is like fire.
It burns it all clean.
- Maya Angelou

Love recognizes no barriers.
It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to
arrive at it destination full of hope.
- Maya Angelou

Self-pity in its early stages
is as snug as a feather mattress.
Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
- Maya Angelou

While I know myself as a creation of God,
I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone
else and everything else are also God's creation.
- Maya Angelou

There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.
- Maya Angelou

Achievement brings its own anticlimax.
- Maya Angelou

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

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past,
threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
- Maya Angelou

If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else,
you will have succeeded.
- Maya Angelou

Effective action is always unjust.
- Maya Angelou

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.
- Maya Angelou

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

All great achievements require time.
- Maya Angelou

At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender,
in its place, was as honorable as resistance,
especially if one had no choice.
- Maya Angelou

We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.
- Maya Angelou

The need for change bulldozed road down the center of my mind.
- Maya Angelou

My life has been one great big joke,
a dance that's walked a song that's spoke,
I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
- Maya Angelou

Some critics will write 'Maya Angelou is a natural writer' -
which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
- Maya Angelou

Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity
of opportunity to be otherwise.
- Maya Angelou

The sadness of the women's movement is that they don't
allow the necessity of love.
See, I don't personally trust any revolution where love is not allowed.
- Maya Angelou

As far as I knew white women were never lonely,
except in books.
White men adored them, Black men desired them and Black women worked for them.
- Maya Angelou

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told:
"I'm with you kid.
Let's go."
- Maya Angelou

If we lose love and self respect for each other,
this is how we finally die.
- Maya Angelou

I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.
- Maya Angelou

There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because
he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
- Maya Angelou

It is time for parents to teach young people early
on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
- Maya Angelou

If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
- Maya Angelou

How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!
- Maya Angelou

Words mean more than what is set down on paper.
It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning.
- Maya Angelou

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry;
to get my work done and try to love somebody and have
the courage to accept the love in return.
- Maya Angelou

History, despite its wrenching pain,
cannot be unlived,
but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.
- Maya Angelou

All men are prepared to accomplish the incredible if
their ideals are threatened.
- Maya Angelou

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

While the rest of the world has been improving technology,
Ghana has been improving the quality of man's humanity to man.
- Maya Angelou

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.
- Maya Angelou

Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
- Maya Angelou

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.
- Maya Angelou

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and
it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.
- Maya Angelou

I believe that every person is born with talent.
- Maya Angelou

One isn't necessarily born with courage,
but one is born with potential.
Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency.
We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous,
or honest.
- Maya Angelou

I believe we are still so innocent.
The species are still so innocent that a person who
is apt to be murdered believes that the murderer,
just before he puts the final wrench on his throat,
will have enough compassion to give him one sweet cup of water.
- Maya Angelou

For Africa to me...
is more than a glamorous fact.
It is a historical truth.
No man can know where he is going unless he knows exactly
where he has been and exactly how he arrived at his present place.
- Maya Angelou

My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance
but understanding of illiteracy.
That some people, unable to go to school,
were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
- Maya Angelou

The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges
a formidable character is often met with amazement,
distaste and even belligerance.
It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the
struggle won by survivors,
and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.
- Maya Angelou

Courage is the most important of all the virtues,
because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently.
You can practice any virtue erratically,
but nothing consistently without courage.
- Maya Angelou

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.
- Maya Angelou

You can't stop the music, nobody can stop the music.
- Village People

Don't die with your music still inside you.
Listen to your intuitive inner voice
and find what passion stirs your soul.
- Wayne Dyer

Take time to laugh.
It is the music of the soul.
Take time to think.
It is the source of power.
Take time to play.
It is the source of perpetual youth.
Take time to read.
It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to pray.
It is the greatest power on Earth.
Take time to love and be loved.
It is a God-given privilege.
Take time to be friendly.
It is the road to happiness.
Take time to give.
It is too short a day to be selfish.
Take time to work.
It is the price of success.
- Anonymous

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Music happens to be an art form that transcends language.
- Herbie Hancock

Music is nothing else but wild sounds civilized into time and tune.
- Thomas Fuller

Music is always changing and the changes are unpredictable.
- Billy Sheehan

Music's staying power is a function of how timeless the lyrics,
song and production are.
- Gary Wright

Everywhere in the world, music enhances a hall,
with one exception: Carnegie Hall enhances the music.
- Isaac Stern

Music is the shorthand of emotion.
- Leo Tolstoy


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