I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Quotes by Maya Angelou, Paul Laurence Dunbar and many others.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.
In Stamps the segregation was so complete that most Black children didn’t really, absolutely know what whites looked like.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.
Ritie, don’t worry ’cause you ain’t pretty. Plenty pretty women I seen digging ditches or worse. You smart. I swear to God, I rather you have a good mind than a cute behind.
Of all the needs (there are none 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.
Without willing it, I had gone from being ignorant of being ignorant to being aware of being aware. And the worst part of my awareness was that I didn’t know what I was aware of. I knew I knew very little, but I was certain that the things I had yet to learn wouldn’t be taught to me at George Washington High School.
My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy.
I had read a Tale of Two Cities and found it up to my standards as a romantic novel. She opened the first page and I heard poetry for the first time in my life…her voice slid in and curved down trough and over the words. She was nearly singing.
But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core.
The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
The needs of a society determine its ethics.
She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.
Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between.
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