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Maya Angelou, yhdysvaltalainen runoilija, kirjailija ja ihmisoikeusaktivisti kuoli eilen 86-vuotiaana. Angelou puolusti muun muassa tasa-arvoista avioliittolakia ja oli oikea renessanssinainen lahjakkuudessaan. Tässä muutamia Angeloun ajatuksia:

“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”

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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.”

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“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.”

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Human Beings

“I think sometimes that many of us need to have our hearts torn out. Because we need to be reminded that we don’t live by bread alone, that we do have hearts. And we are supposed to be movable. I mean when somebody says you moved me, we should all be moveable. We should all be movable when we see misery, discomfort, a need in another human being. We turn away, that’s when should turn back and say that’s a human being, just like me.”

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“All my work, my life, everything I do is about survival, not just bare, awful, plodding survival, but survival with grace and faith. While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”

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“I would ask every man and every woman who’s had the blessing of having children, ‘Would you deny your son or your daughter the ecstasy of finding someone to love?’ To love someone takes a lot of courage. So how much more is one challenged when the love is of the same sex and the laws say, ‘I forbid you from loving this person’?”

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“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.” 

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“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”

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“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”

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“It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.”

 

 Kuvat: mayaangelou.com

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