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If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?
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christopher citro, oleg tistol, maya angelou, spirited away (studio ghibli), @xue-mei, final poem in “The Essential W.S. Merwin,” published after paula merwin's death, my liberation notes ( @seawherethesunsets​ )
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There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
Maya Angelou
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blackexcellence · 9 months
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Today in Black Excellence: Maya Angelou—a literature titan whose 1969 memoir was the first nonfiction bestseller by an African American woman.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” —Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.
What was the early life of Maya Angelou?
She became a celebrated writer and Black icon, but it came from a childhood of tragedy. Born on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Angelou was quickly exposed to racism as a child. Her parents split when she was young, and while visiting her mother, aged eight, she was raped by her mother’s boyfriend: her uncles killed the boyfriend in revenge. These horrors left Angelou mute for five years, as she discussed in an interview with Oprah, a close friend. At age 16, she gave birth and was forced to work grueling jobs to support her son—including fry cook, sex worker, and nightclub performer.
She recounted her traumas to close friend James Baldwin—fellow writer and Black icon. He challenged Angelou to write about her experiences, and she published the wildly successful memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It catapulted Angelou to international stardom and was nominated for a National Book Award in 1970. It remained on The New York Times’ paperback nonfiction bestseller list for two years—the longest record in history.
What made her such a Black icon?
Angelou was a close friend of Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated on her birthday in 1968. Angelou stopped celebrating her birthday for years afterward. In 1964, Angelou helped another activist friend Malcolm X in founding the Organization of Afro-American Unity.
Spanning over 50 years, she published seven autobiographies, three books of essays, books of poetry, and plays. Her 1971 poetry collection, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ’Fore I Die, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Because of her tireless work in literature and political activism, Angelou became widely respected as a spokesperson for the Black experience, particularly of women. You can even find her legacy in your pocket—she recently became the first black woman to appear on a US quarter.
Original portrait by Tumblr Creatr @inuqo
"I was filled with such deep gratitude while working on this illustration of Maya Angelou. Her talent, creativity, strength, power and resilience is inspiring to us all and I wanted to display how beautiful her Universe was. How important her words and life's journey was because it showed us that no matter how hard we fall, still we can rise".”
—@inuqo
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luthienne · 11 months
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Maya Angelou, from Letter to My Daughter
[Text ID: I am convinced that most people do not grow up. We find parking spaces and honor our credit cards. 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 still innocent and shy as magnolias. We may act sophisticated and worldly but I believe we feel safest when we go inside ourselves and find home, a place where we belong and maybe the only place we really do.]
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surqrised · 6 months
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Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.
Maya Angelou
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thoughtkick · 27 days
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When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
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thechanelmuse · 5 months
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Toni Morrison was 39 when she published her first book, The Bluest Eye. Zora Neale Hurston was 43. Maya Angelou was 41. Ralph Ellison was 39.
August Wilson was 34 when he wrote his first play, Jitney. 
 It's never too late to start...or start again.
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sunsetquotes · 5 months
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Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.
Maya Angelou
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maya angelou in a 2010 facebook post / lori preusch - one thousand stories high, 2016 / vintage library card from the public library of toronto / ta-nehisi coates, between the world and me / matilda (1996) / two pictures from “why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming”, a 2018 photo essay with words by neil gaiman & art by chris riddell / caitlin moran, moranthology / istanbul modern library, turkey / tianjin binhai library, china / real biblioteca del monastario de el escorial, spain / jean-paul sartre, the words / lemony snicket, horseradish / ekua holmes - girl - literature, 2015
i was made for the library
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sinligh · 3 months
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According to my mother i started saying “i love you” when i was barely 3 years old. Mostly when it was bedtime i think I confused it with “goodbye” or maybe with “I really wanna see you when I wake up again”.
I still do, love confuses me or maybe i confuse it ?
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Love…
Endearing in its ideation, Infuriating however it falls on the human race.
I’m not good with love, nor in love and I doubt i can be around it.
I admire it, i do. I think about it, I write about it
But I’m never in the same page with myself when it comes to it. So we came to an agreement: one rule : never reach out to touch.
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I’m lovable, that much I know…
But my love is only a reaction that’s is equal in force to the curse of my existence…
And so is my creativity, the restriction of my melancholy.
My spilled poems… my aborted children don’t resent me dear ones, i had no choice, but to give birth.
I have no rights.
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Do you still want to talk about love ?
Once, i asked my mother: "Mama, do you remember what was the first thing you said to me when I was born?"
She said “you're going to be so loved”.
I think she cursed me with love…
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•Quotes: Fyodor Dostoevsky/Friedrich Nietzsche/Jean Rhys/ Maya Angelo /Franz kafka/ Louis Tomlinson/Albert Camus/ Michael Ondaatje/Louis Tomlinson/ Anne Sexton.
•Original context: Sinligh
•Art reference:
1. Scott Noel, Telemachus and the Sirens. 2. philip geiger - hidell brooks gallery. 3. Albert Maignan Death of William the Conqueror, 1885. 4. Charles Pfahl Sunday Times. 5. Art by Brooke Shaden. 6. Art by Edwin Georgi
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quotemadness · 3 months
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When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.
Maya Angelou
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on soulmates. the song of achilles, madeline miller // the chaos of stars, kiersten white // nfwmb, hozier // wuthering heights, emily brontë // judy garland //  the alchemist, paul coelho // unending love, rabindranath tagore // invisible string, taylor swift // maya angelou // prometheus unbound, percy shelley
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perfectfeelings · 2 months
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When we find someone who is brave, fun, intelligent, and loving, we have to thank the universe.
Maya Angelou
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quotefeeling · 4 months
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Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn’t know before you learned it.
Maya Angelou
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