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Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.
Wake Forest University announced Angelou's death in a news release Wednesday.
She gained acclaim for her first book, her autobiography "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," making her one of the first African-American women to write a best-seller. She was the poet chosen to read at President Bill Clinton's first inauguration in 1993 Here are a few of her memorable quotes:
"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."
"I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel." "My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors."
"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."
"Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."
"My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return."
"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."
"Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness."
"Nothing will work unless you do."
"Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends."
"One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."
"I'm grateful to intelligent people. That doesn't mean educated. That doesn't mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call 'mother wit' means intelligence that you had in your mother's womb. That's what you rely on. You know what's right to do."
"I am a Woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal Woman, that's me"
"I believe that each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory."
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