If you have only one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning Good morning at total strangers.
More quotes by Maya Angelou
Some critics will write ‘Maya Angelou is a natural writer’ – which is right after being a natural heart surgeon.
Self-pity in its early stages is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
More quotes about Wisdom
I look on that man as happy, who, when there is question of success, looks into his work for a reply.
There is no luck in literary reputation. They who make up the final verdict upon every book are not the partial and noisy readers of the hour when it appears; but a court as of angels, a public not to be bribed, not to be entreated, and not to be overawed, decides upon every man’s title to fame.
If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods.
Fate, then, is a name for facts not yet passed under the fire of thought; for causes which are unpenetrated.
It matters not how a man dies, but how he lives. The act of dying is not of importance, it lasts so short a time.
If the fairest features of the landscape are to be named after men, let them be the noblest and worthiest men alone.