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Remembering Maya Angelou

World-renowned author, poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86 on Wednesday, May 28th, 2014.

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    World-renowned author, poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86 on Wednesday. Here are a few of her most insightful quotes.

    "Nothing can dim the light which shines from within."

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    "Pretty women wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size But when I start to tell them, They think I'm telling lies. I say, It's in the reach of my arms The span of my hips, The stride of my step, The curl of my lips. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me."

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    "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option."

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

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    "Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

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    "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."

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    "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."

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    "History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, however, if faced with courage, need not be lived again."

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    "The honorary duty of a human being is to love."

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    "I've learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way (s)he handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights."

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    "You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them."

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    "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."

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    "I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass."

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    "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."

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    "One isn't necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest."

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    "No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn."

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    "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud."

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