Monday, June 27, 2011

Life lessons for women from author and poet, Maya Angelou

At 83, Maya Angelou can rest easy for her lifetime of extraordinary achievement as an American author and poet who has been called "America's most visible black female autobiographer."
Angelou, according to her biography in Wikipedia, is best known for her series of six autobiographical volumes, which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first and most highly acclaimed, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," written in 1969, tells of her first seventeen years. It brought her international recognition, and was nominated for a National Book Award. She has been awarded over 30 honorary degrees and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for her 1971 volume of poetry, "Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'fore I diiie."A friend of mine passed along the inspirational quotes below from Angelou, a truly wise woman. I particularly like her thoughts on getting a second chance.
- "I've learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.'
- "I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."
- "I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life."
- "'I've learned that making a 'living' is not the same thing as making a life."
- "I've learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance."
-  "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 some things back..."
- "I've learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision."
- "I've learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back..."
- "I've learned that I still have a lot to learn.."
- "I've learned that even when I have pains, I don't have to be one."
- "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."

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