Two of my all time favorite poems, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings and Phenomenal Women, are pieces that I read often, not just for literary inspiration but for when I need some encouragement. She stood for strength, kindness, being happy despite the worst circumstances, and leading by demonstration.
Quotes from her work are staples in my life and the lives of many across the globe - she's been my pick-me-up when I need a little reminder on a refreshing way to look at the world. Below are a few of my favorites.
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:: Nothing will work unless you do.
:: You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
:: My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style.
:: The need for change bulldozed a road down the center of my mind.
:: When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
:: Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.