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 2003 – Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou was born at Saint Louis, Missouri 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:

If one is lucky, a single fantasy can totally transform a million realities.

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

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.

Since time is the one immaterial object which we cannot influence - neither speed up nor slow down, add to nor diminish - it is an imponderably valuable gift.

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

Surviving is important, but thriving is elegant.
     - All from Maya Angelou

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