Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ABC Wednesday - A is for Maya Angelou

Round 9 begins at ABC Wednesday!

Last round I focused on places around Canada. This round I want to share quotes from well-known people around the world.

A is for Dr. Maya Angelou

I first came to know Maya Angelou through her book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" many years ago. I have since read other books and her poetry and heard her speak many times. "Phenomenal Woman" is a must-read.

She is considered on of the great voices of America. She is a woman of many talents - a poet, writer of books and plays, an educator and civil-rights activist.

Here are a few of her quotes I treasure:

"Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. But anger is like fire. It burns it all clean. "

"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."
"I believe that every person is born with talent."

"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."

"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

Be sure to check out how others face the challenge for A at ABC Wednesday.


Gigi Ann said...

She is an A++ Lady in my poetry book. I have a poem of hers posted on my "Ann's Daybook" It was such a fun poem I had to save it. Great choice for A day today.

Roger Owen Green said...

I love M.A. She has a great voice and writes beautifully.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kay L. Davies said...

A lovely tribute to a great lady, Bev. I love "people will never forget how you made them feel"!

—Kay, Alberta, Canada

Sylvia K said...

She is all of that and one amazing, admirable, wonderful woman! Terrific choice for the A Day, Bev! Hope your week is going well! Enjoy!


photowannabe said...

Some great quotes from a woman rich in words. Thanks for sharing her simple wisdom.

sema said...

Inspiring Quotations!
It is a great idea to choose the topic of quotes for your ABC challenge.
I too find Maya Angelou inspiring that I have done a squidoo lens on Maya Angelou Quotes .
Looking forward to next week's personality.

Blessings for abundance

VioletSky said...

This is interesting, I just got home from the bookstore and someone was looking about a book by Maya Angelou! at the time, it reminded me that I have a book of her poetry and should maybe take it out and read it again. Now, I know I must.

Leslie: said...

What a wonderful theme for this go-round! And a great choice to start with...I look forward to some really inspiring words of wisdom.

abcw team

Tumblewords: said...

Terrific idea for the 9th round theme - this is a wonderful first post!

MERYL JAFFE, PhD - parent, psychologist, teacher, author... said...

GREAT post and wonderful quotes. What a wonderful way to begin round 9.

Live2cherish said...

thanks for sharing this quote.
"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."

Shooting Parrots said...

A very wise woman. I'm surprised I haven't heard of her before.

Hazel said...

Maya Angelou indeed! I love her and her wisdom.

Chronicles of Illusions said...

Wow - thank you for sharing these - I think she is amazing.

Elizabeth said...

Love, love, love Maya Angelou - she is a truly amazing lady whose wisdom comes through much heartache and life experience. x

Terrie said...

I love a good quote so the premise of your challenge Appeals to me. I look forward to future weeks!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this tribute to a great American poet. The quote on bitterness is one that needs to be read at least once daily, by me, anyway! Found you at ABC Weds., and glad I did. Your chosen route for this round is intriguing! Amy

Liz Hinds said...

What great quotes. I am always amazed that some people have the knack of saying things so perfectly and so neatly.

Liz Hinds said...

Concisely - that's what I meant! Not neatly.