Type: Poet, Civil rights activist
Born: April 4, 1928
Died: May 28, 2014
Marguerite Annie Johnson (Maya Angelou) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928, the second child of Bailey Johnson, a doorman and navy dietitian, and Vivian (Baxter) Johnson, a nurse and card dealer. Angelou's older brother, Bailey Jr., nicknamed Marguerite "Maya". Unable to pronounce her name because of a stutter, Bailey called her "My" for "My sister".
Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.
Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
I am convinced that most people do not grow up...We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.
There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.