Maya Angelou

Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it.

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

Being

When you learn, teach, when you get, give.

The ship of my life

The ship of my life may or may not be sailing on calm and amiable seas. The challenging days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.

Thriving is elegant

Surviving is important. Thriving is elegant.

The ache for home lives in all of us

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

If you're for the right thing

If you're for the right thing, you do it without thinking.

You only are free when you realize you belong no place

You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all.

Forgive yourself for not knowing

Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it.

Be present in all things and thankful for all things.

Creativity

Can't Do is like Don't Care.
Neither of them have a home.

You can't use up creativity

You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.

Daring to dare

I believe that the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity is daring to dare.

We are all created creative

We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.

Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes

A half-hearted spirit has no power. Tentative efforts lead to tentative outcomes. How long can you afford to put off who you really want to be? Your nobler self cannot wait any longer.

When you know better, do better

Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

Making a life

I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as 'making a life'.

All great artists draw from the same resource

All great artists draw from the same resource: the human heart, which tells us all that we are more alike than we are unalike.

Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do

From this instant on, vow to stop disappointing yourself. Separate yourself from the mob. Decide to be extraordinary and do what you need to do – now.

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.

Life

We need much less than we think we need.

My mission in life is to thrive

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.

You can become great at something

You can only become great at something you are willing to sacrifice for.

People never forget how you made them feel

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.

Have enough courage to trust love

Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.

Life is pure adventure

Life is pure adventure, and the sooner we realize that, the quicker we will be able to treat life as art.

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got

Love life. Engage in it. Give it all you've got. Love it with a passion because life truly does give back, many times over, what you put into it.

We need to remember that we are all created creative and can invent new scenarios as frequently as they are needed.

Work

All great achievements require time.

Success is liking yourself, and what you do

Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.

Success is daring to live

Success is loving life and daring to live it.

Pursue the things you love doing

Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.Nothing will work unless you do.

If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking

See, you don't have to think about doing the right thing. If you're for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.

All knowledge is spendable currency

All knowledge is spendable currency, depending on the market

Do it

Ain't nothin' to it, but to do it.

Nothing will work unless you do.

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