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Gather Together in My Name

Maya Angelou

Top 10 Best Quotes

“Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.”

“The naturally lonely person does not look for comfort in love, but accepts the variables as due course.”

“Be the best of anything you get into. If you want to be a whore, it's your life. Be a damn good one. Don't chippy at anything. Anything worth having is worth working for.' It was her version of Polonius' speech to Laertes. With that wisdom in my pouch, I was to go out and buy my future.”

“Upon reflection, I marvel that no one saw through me enough to bundle me off to the nearest mental institution. The fact that it didn't happen depended less on my being a good actress than the fact that I was surrounded, as I had been all my life, by strangers.”

“Never let white folks know what you really think. If you’re sad, laugh. If you’re bleeding inside, dance.”

“I found it hard to think of leaving my books. They had been my elevators out of the midden, and to whom could I entrust such close friends?”

“I thought at the time that it was noble to bear the ills one had silently. But not so silently that others didn't know one was bearing them.”

“There is a much-loved region in the American fantasy where pale white women float eternally under black magnolia trees, and white men with soft hands brush wisps of wisteria from the creamy shoulders of their lady loves. Harmonious black music drifts like perfume through this precious air, and nothing of a threatening nature intrudes. The South I returned to, however, was flesh-real and swollen-belly poor.”

“I stood dumfounded, founded in dumbness.”

“Grief works its way on people differently. Some sulk, or become morose, or weep and scream a vengeance at the gods.”

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slavery, mental-health, fantasy, south, crying, racism, mental-illness, books, anger, mourning, blacks, self-pity, weeping, whites, loss, sulking, sadness, grief, strangers, race-relations, race, african-americans, comfort

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