Friday, August 7, 2009

Maya Angelou * Beautiful Soul ; Beautiful Human

I wish that i could she throught her eyes and have her wisdom. Her soft mellow voice her beliefs her virtues, her confidence in the human condicion and her ability to see beauty inspite of the beast in us sometimes....Her power to move the soul in transports of delight. I wish that i could have a conversation with her...i'm sure she would be a person who would for certain help me find my secret soul, that missing link.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from her :

"I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach."
-- Maya Angelou"

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."

"Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it."

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