I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

“Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning.”

p. 106

Hello everyone! I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is Maya Angelou’s autobiography, and it is beautifully written. I am sharing some of the quotes from this book because her words are inspiring and highlight racism through her lifetime. I hope you enjoy these quotes and pick up a copy of this book from the iconic Maya Angelou on your own life adventure. 🙂 ❤

“”We are more alike than we are unalike!”” (Oprah Winfrey, p. 2)

“Of all the needs (there are non imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaking need for an unshakable God. My pretty Black brother was my Kingdom Come.” (p. 26)

“In Stamps the segregation was so complete that mot Black children didn’t really absolutely know what whites looked like. Other than that they were different, to be dreaded, and in that dread was included the hostility of the powerless against the powerful, the poor against the rich, the worker against the worked for and the ragged against the well dressed.” (p. 27)

“But bear in mind, language is man’s way of communicating with his fellow man and it is language alone which separates him from the lower animals.” (p. 106)

“She said that I must always be intolerant of ignorance of understanding of illiteracy.” (p. 108)

“I find it interesting that the meanest of life, the poorest of existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.” (p. 131)

“It was awful to be Negro and have no control over my life. It was brutal to be young and already trained to sit quietly and listen to charges brought against my color with no chance of defense.” (p. 194)

“The needs of a society determine its ethics, and in the Black American ghettos the hero is that man who is offered only the crumbs from his country’s table but by ingenuity and courage is able to take for himself a Lucullan feast.” (p. 240)

“‘Can’t do is like Don’t Care.’ Neither of them have a home.” (p. 285)

“Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait.” (p. 288)

“God helps those who help themselves.” (p. 288)

“To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision. Few, if any, survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity. It becomes easier to die and avoid conflicts than to maintain a constant battle with the superior forces of maturity.” (p. 291)

“The fact that the adult American Negro female emerges a formidable character is often met with amazement, distaste, and even belligerence. It is seldom accepted as an inevitable outcome of the struggle won by survivors and deserves respect if not enthusiastic acceptance.” (p. 292)

“See, you don’t have to think about doing the right thing. If you’re for the right thing, then you do it without thinking.” (p. 309)

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