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Maya Angelou

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1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

Maya Angelou

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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...Maya Angelou 1928 –   The needs of society determine its ethics. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , 1969 History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, but if faced With courage, need not be lived again. Ms. Angelou read the poem at the first inauguration of Pres. Bill Clinton (Jan. 20, 1993) On the Pulse of Morning , 1993 You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise. Still I Rise , in And Still I Rise ,...

Maya Angelou

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...0Maya Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer . See also dunbar Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) ch.17 children 's talent to endure Children's talent to endure ignorance of alternatives History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, but if faced With courage, need not be lived again. ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ (1993) history , despite its wrenching pain despite its wrenching pain Cannot be unlived if faced With courage You may shoot me with your words,...

Maya Angelou

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...0Maya Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer . See also Anglund , Dunbar The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes (1986) Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) ch.17 children 's talent to endure Children's talent to endure ignorance of alternatives You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them. found earlier...

Maya Angelou

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...0Maya Maya Angelou 1928 –   American novelist and poet I know why the caged bird sings. title of book (1969), the autobiographical account of her experiences as a black child in the American South; see dunbar why the caged bird sings why the caged bird sings why the caged bird sings Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) ch.17 children 's talent to endure Children's talent to endure ignorance of alternatives Lift up your eyes Upon this day breaking for you. Give...

Joan Walsh Anglund

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...Joan Walsh Anglund 1926 –   American writer and illustrator A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer—he sings because he has a song. often wrongly attributed to Maya Angelou A Cup of Sun ...

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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...Paul Lawrence Dunbar 1872 – 1906 American poet I know why the caged bird sings! adopted by Maya Angelou as the title of her autobiography, 1969 ‘Sympathy’ st. 3; see Webster why the caged bird sings why the caged bird sings why the caged bird ...

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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Oxford Dictionary of Quotations (8 ed.)

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...Paul Lawrence Dunbar 1872 – 1906 American poet I know why the caged bird sings! adopted by Maya angelou as the title of her autobiography, 1969 ‘Sympathy’ st. 3; see webster why the caged bird sings why the caged bird sings why the caged bird ...

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...Paul Lawrence Dunbar 1872 – 1906 American poet I know why the caged bird sings! adopted by Maya angelou as the title of her autobiography, 1969; see angelou ‘Sympathy’ st. 3; referring to John Webster (1580–1625) The White Devil (1612) act 5, sc. 4: ‘We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry’ why the caged bird sings why the caged bird sings why the caged bird ...

Paul Lawrence Dunbar

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The Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations (2 ed.)

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...his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, When he beats his bars and he would be free; It is not a carol of joy or glee, But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core. Born the son of former slaves, Dunbar became a nationally known poet. The first line here was used by Maya Angelou in her celebrated autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings , 1969 Sympathy ...

Creativity

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...Creativity You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer Jeffrey M. Elliot Conversations with Maya Angelou (1989) The urge for destruction is also a creative urge! Michael Bakunin 1814 – 76 Russian revolutionary and anarchist Jahrbuch für Wissenschaft und Kunst (1842) ‘Die Reaktion in Deutschland’ (under the pseudonym ‘Jules Elysard’) urge for destruction urge for destruction also a creative urge The more you reason, the less you create Raymond Chandler 1888 – 1959 ...

Defiance

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...Defiance see also Determination You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer ‘Still I Rise’ (1978) still, like air , I'll rise still, like air, I'll rise No surrender! the defenders of the besieged city of Derry to the Jacobite army of James II, April 1689, adopted as a slogan of Protestant Ulster Anonymous Jonathan Bardon A History of Ulster (1992) No surrender I was ever a fighter, so—one fight more, The best...

Maturity

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...Maturity see also Experience Most people don't grow up. Most people age. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer Camille Cosby and Renee Poussaint A Wealth of Wisdom: Legendary African American Elders Speak (2004) It's sad to grow old—but nice to ripen. Brigitte Bardot 1934 –   French actress Tony Crawley Bébé: the Films of Brigitte Bardot (1975) I gave my beauty and my youth to men. I am going to give my wisdom and experience to animals. Brigitte Bardot 1934 –   French actress attributed, June 1987 When I was young I hoped...

Virtue and Vice

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Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations (5 ed.)

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...Virtue and Vice Virtue see also morality Most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer : I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969) Most plain girls are virtuous Most plain girls are virtuous I'm as pure as the driven slush. Tallulah Bankhead 1903 – 68 American actress : in Saturday Evening Post 12 April 1947 pure as the driven slush pure as the driven slush pure as the driven slush definition of a saint: A dead sinner revised and edited. Ambrose ...

Experience

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Oxford Essential Quotations (6 ed.)

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...6; see Tennyson experience is an arch experience is an arch You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them. found earlier attributed in the form ‘I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it’ Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer Letter to My Daughter (2008) You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk-dancing. Anonymous Arnold Bax (1883–1953), quoting ‘a sympathetic Scot’ in Farewell My Youth (1943) trying every experience ...

Singing

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...of being well set to music that is not nonsense. Joseph Addison 1672 – 1719 English poet , dramatist , and essayist in The Spectator no. 1 (21 March 1711) A bird doesn't sing because he has an answer—he sings because he has a song. often wrongly attributed to Maya Angelou Joan Walsh Anglund 1926 –   American writer and illustrator A Cup of Sun (1967) The exercise of singing is delightful to Nature, and good to preserve the health of man. It doth strengthen all parts of the breast, and doth open the pipes. William Byrd 1543 – 1623 ...

Home

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...Home see also Houses 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 1928 – 2014 American writer All God's Children Need Travelling Shoes (1986) There is nothing like staying at home, for real comfort. Jane Austen 1775 – 1817 English novelist Emma (1816) It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home. Charles Dickens 1812 – 70 English novelist Great Expectations (1861) ch. 14 Keep the Home-fires burning, While your hearts are yearning, Though your lads are far...

Borrowed titles

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Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations (3 ed.)

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...Jackson (1824–63): ‘Let us cross over the river and rest under the shade of the trees’ Across the river into the trees And still I rise. autobiography (2006) of Doreen Wallace (1952–), mother of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence murdered in 1993, from a poem by Maya Angelou ( see angelou ) And still I rise And still I rise Anyone here been raped and speaks English? shouted by a British TV reporter in a crowd of Belgian civilians waiting to be airlifted out of the Belgian Congo, 1960 book (1981) by Edward Behr on being a foreign correspondent raped ...

Circumstance and Situation

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...and Situation Circumstance and Situation see also Fate You may not control all the events that happen to you but you can decide not to be reduced by them. found earlier attributed in the form ‘I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it’ Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer Letter to My Daughter (2008) To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted. The Bible (Authorized Version,...

Suffering

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...Justice inclines her scales so that wisdom comes at the price of suffering. Aeschylus c. 525 – 456 bc Greek tragedian Agamemnon l. 250 wisdom comes at the price comes at the price of suffering Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (1969) ch.17 children 's talent to endure Children's talent to endure ignorance of alternatives About suffering they were never wrong, The Old Masters: how well they understood Its human position; how it...

History

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...see also Archaeology , Past History is the sum total of the things that could have been avoided. Konrad Adenauer 1876 – 1967 German statesman attributed History, despite its wrenching pain, Cannot be unlived, but if faced With courage, need not be lived again. Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 American writer ‘On the Pulse of Morning’ (1993) Does history repeat itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce? No, that's too grand, too considered a process. History just burps, and we taste again that raw-onion sandwich it swallowed...

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