Still I Rise
Words from Maya Angelou
Curious, but we have come top a place, a time, when virtue is no longer considered a virtue. The mention of virtue is ridiculed, and even the word itself has fallen out of favor. Contemporary writers rarely employ such words as purity, temperance, goodness, worth, or even moderation. Students, save those enrolled in philosophy courses or studying in seminaries, seldom encounter questions on morality and piety.
We need to examine what the absence of those qualities has done to our communal spirit, and we must learn how to retrieve them from the dust heap of nonuse and return them to a vigorous role in our lives.
Nature will not abide a vacuum, and because we have let the positive particulars go, they have been replaced with degeneracy, indifference, and vice. Our streets explode with cruelty and criminality, and our homes are rife with violence and abuse. Too many of our leaders shun the higher moral road and take the path to satisfy greed while they voice hollow rhetoric.
Everything costs and costs the earth. In order to win, we pay with energy and effort and discipline. If we lose, we pay in disappointment, discontent, and lack of fulfillment.
So, since a price will be exacted from us for everything we do or leave undone, we should pluck up the courage to win, to win back our finer and kinder and healthier selves.
I would like to see us go on calling on the good example and upon virtue itself with the purpose of inviting them back into our communities, our businesses, our homes, our lives, to reside in those places as favored friends.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
A woman's heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.
All great achievements require time.
Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.
Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.
Try to be the best human being you can be. Try to be that in your church, in your temple. Try to be that in your classroom. Do it because it is right to do.
Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean.
Courage allows the successful woman to fail- and learn powerful lessons- from the failure- so that in the end, she didn't fail at all.
Courage is the most important of all the virtues, because without courage you can't practice any other virtue consistently. You can practice any virtue erratically, but nothing consistently without courage.
Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you. All the other tangible rewards will come as a result.
Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the road which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the road back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that one as well.
Each of us has that right, that possibility, to invent ourselves daily. If a person does not invent herself, she will be invented. So, to be bodacious enough to invent ourselves is wise.
Education helps one case cease being intimidated by strange situations.
I believe that every person is born with talent.
I can be changed by what happens to me. but I refuse to be reduced by it.
I don't know if I continue, even today, always liking myself. But what I learned to do many years ago was to forgive myself. It is very important for every human being to forgive herself or himself because if you live, you will make mistakes- it is inevitable. But once you do and you see the mistake, then you forgive yourself and say, 'well, if I'd known better I'd have done better,' that's all. So you say to people who you think you may have injured, 'I'm sorry,' and then you say to yourself, 'I'm sorry.' If we all hold on to the mistake, we can't see our own glory in the mirror because we have the mistake between our faces and the mirror; we can't see what we're capable of being. You can ask forgiveness of others, but in the end the real forgiveness is in one's own self. I think that young men and women are so caught by the way they see themselves. Now mind you. When a larger society sees them as unattractive, as threats, as too black or too white or too poor or too fat or too thin or too sexual or too asexual, that's rough. But you can overcome that. The real difficulty is to overcome how you think about yourself. If we don't have that we never grow, we never learn, and sure as hell we should never teach.
I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.
If you find it in your heart to care for somebody else, you will have succeeded.
If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude.
If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.
It is this belief in a power larger than myself and other than myself which allows me to venture into the unknown and even the unknowable.
It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
I've learned that making a "living" is not the same thing as making a "life".
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.
I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.
Love is like a virus. It can happen to anybody at any time.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at it destination full of hope.
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.
My life has been one great big joke, a dance that's walked a song that's spoke, I laugh so hard I almost choke when I think about myself.
My mother was really telling me to go ahead and love life, to engage in it, give it all you've got. To love it with a passion.
Nothing will work unless you do.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
See, you don't have to think about doing the right thing if you are for the right thing then you'll do it without thinking.
The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.
The most called-upon prerequisite of a friend is an accessible ear.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
There is nothing so pitiful as a young cynic because he has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.
You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you.
You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
The Baal Shem [Tov] offered a parable. A musician was playing a very beautiful instrument, and the music so enraptured the people that they were driven to dance ecstatically. Then a deaf man who knew nothing of the music passed by, and seeing the enthusiastic dancing of the people he decided they must be insane. Had he been wise he would have sensed their joy and rapture and joined their dancing.
Sarayu tells her protege (the grief-stricken Mack) "If anything matters, everything matters. Because you are important, everything you do is important. Every time you forgive, the universe changes; every time you reach out and touch a heart or a life, the world changes; with every kindness and service, seen or unseen, (God's) purposes are accomplished, and nothing will ever be the same again."
[key words, the shack, William P. Young, cult classic]
Tagore speaks about "the Divine Messenger" (One Sent from Above)
Such a messenger is a flower from our great lover. Surrounded with the pomp and pageantry of worldliness, which may be linked to Ravana's golden city, we still live in exile, while the insolent spirit of worldly prosperity tempts us with allurements and claims us as its bride. In the meantime the flower comes across with a message from the other shore, and whispers in our ears, "I am come. He has sent me. I am a messenger of the beautiful, the one whose soul is the bliss of love. This island of isolation has been bridged over by him, and he has not forgotten thee, and will rescue thee even now. He will draw thee unto him and make thee his own. This illusion will not hold thee in thralldom for ever."
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Blackgirl Int'l - a state of mind
Ernestine Shepherd - inspiration
If a race has no history, if it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.
Carter G. Woodson
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We All Wish for a Peace Dividend
(But not at the price of forgetting those who served)
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