In Rainbow in the Cloud: The Wisdom and Spirit of Maya Angelou there are many wonderful quotations from a woman who was so amazing and inspirational but I wanted to pick out a few and share with you all. This was a lovely little collection of some of her most memorable thoughts on varying topics and wonderful for any Maya Angelou fan.
“I knew that words, despite the old saying, never fail. And my reading had given me words to spare.”
“Never put your sheroes and heroes up on pedestals; placing them on pedestals is setting yourself up for disappointment. You must take the good that people do and put the bright light on that good, but human beings can never withstand such light without showing their shadows and warts. All mortals have their shortcomings and weaknesses. Their skills and deeds are what we must applaud. Don’t fall victim to the cult of personality.”
“Forgiveness is the greatest gift you can give yourself.”
“I think we must surrender the despair of unexpected cruelties and extend the wonder of unexpected kindnesses to ourselves and to each other… We deserve each other and each other’s generosity.”
“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
“All knowledge is spendable currency depending upon the market.”
“The woman who survives intact and happy must be at once tender and tough. She must have convinced herself, or be in the unending process of convincing herself, that she, her values, and her choices are important. In a time and world where males hold sway and control, the pressure upon women to yield their rights-of-way is tremendous. And it is under those very circumstances that the woman’s toughness must be in evidence.”