If I wanted to write, I had to be willing to develop a kind of concentration found mostly in people awaiting execution. I had to learn technique and surrender my ignorance.
I love the song ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. I was going to write that song, but someone beat me to it.
I don’t know how much longer I’ll be around. I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, ‘Maya, Maya Angelou, it’s time.’
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
I became the kind of parent my mother was to me.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.”
It’s so tedious writing cookbooks or writing the recipes because I’ve never been much of a measurer. But to write a book, you have to measure everything.
Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.
I make writing as much a part of my life as I do eating or listening to music.
Making a decision to write was a lot like deciding to jump into a frozen lake.
When I’m writing, I write. And then it’s as if the muse is convinced that I’m serious and says, ‘Okay. Okay. I’ll come.’
When I write, I tend to twist my hair. Something for my small mind to do, I guess.
If I have a monument in this world, it is my son.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.
I will look after you and I will look after anybody you say needs to be looked after, any way you say. I am here. I brought my whole self to you. I am your mother.
A mother’s love liberates.
I have a feeling that I make a very good friend, and I’m a good mother, and a good sister, and a good citizen. I am involved in life itself – all of it. And I have a lot of energy and a lot of nerve.
Look what you’ve already come through! Don’t deny it. Say I’m stronger than I thought I was
Fighting for one’s freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.