portrait of Maya Angelou
Photo by Dwight Carter on Dr Angelou's website (2001)

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Quotes of the Day for 4 April 2001 – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born on this day in 1928. Dr Angelou has been a poet, historian, author, actress, playwright, civil-rights activist, producer and director. She was the second poet to contribute original poetry to a US presidential inauguration, the author of eleven books, and the source of myriad trenchant and inspiring quotes.

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You will find an expanded profile, photo, additional biographical links, and all quotes from this author on the author's Notable Quotable page.

The quotes:

Talent is like electricity - we do not understand electricity. We use it.

A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.

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

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

The black kids, the poor white kids, Spanish-speaking kids, and Asian kids in the US - in the face of everything to the contrary, they still bop and bump, shout and go to school somehow. Their optimism gives me hope.

Nobody, but nobody, can make it out here alone.
     - All today's quotes are from Maya Angelou

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