Quote for Today: Maya Angelou

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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.

Maya Angelou, “Phenomenal Woman”

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Quote for Today: Maya Angelou

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We write for the same reason that we walk, talk, climb mountains or swim the oceans — because we can. We have some impulse within us that makes us want to explain ourselves to other human beings. That’s why we paint, that’s why we dare to love someone- because we have the impulse to explain who we are. Not just how tall we are, or thin… but who we are internally… perhaps even spiritually. There’s something, which impels us to show our inner-souls. The more courageous we are, the more we succeed in explaining what we know.

Maya Angelou

Image: Self portrait © Sodanie Chea with CCLicense

Quote for Today: Maya Angelou

 

parrot-773911_640A free bird leaps on the back of the wind
and floats downstream till the current ends
and dips his wing in the orange suns rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage
can seldom see through his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

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.
Maya Angelou, from “Caged Bird”
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Quote for Today: Maya Angelou

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Every person needs to take one day away. A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future. Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence. Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.
Maya Angelou, Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now
Image: Relaxation © Israeli Defense Forces with CCLicense

Top Ten Quotes of 2015

The backbone of synkroniciti in 2015 was the daily quote, which continued largely uninterrupted even when I was extremely busy. I have always enjoyed pairing words and images, and putting together these combinations nurtures me. It is my delight that they nurture others as well, that there are souls as weird as mine that are drawn to them. Thank you.

As we explore our weekly themes, we encounter many different and sometimes contradictory observations. Sometimes they hit the funny bone, sometimes they take our breath away. Some are like old friends and others meet us like strangers from a distant land.

These are the ten quotes that received the most views in 2015. I’ll release a second list soon that contains my favorites. Enjoy!

10. Joseph Campbell

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9. William James

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8. Wendell Berry

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7. Lawrence Durrell

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6. Maya Angelou

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5. Walt Whitman

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4. Hermann Hesse

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3. Lito Tejado-Flores

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2. Louise Erdrich

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1. Zeena Shreck

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Most Popular Quotes of 2014

I truly enjoy putting together a quote with a picture. These ten quotes were big hits with readers this year.

Here’s the last of the “most popular” post lists. Tomorrow I’ll finish up our year in review by giving you a list of my own favorite quotes from 2014.

Please click on the picture to view the post. Enjoy!

10. Haruki Murakami

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9. Haruki Murakami

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8. Maya Angelou

7. Hermann Hesse

6. Shauna Niequist

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5. Stephen Sondheim

4. Truman Capote

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3. Harlan Ellison

2. Frida Kahlo

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1. Kathleen Kent

Quote for Today: Maya Angelou

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© dhendrix73 with CCLicense

“Sister, there are people who went to sleep all over the world last night, poor and rich and white and black, but they will never wake again. Sister, those who expected to rise did not, their beds became their cooling boards, and their blankets became their winding sheets. And those dead folks would give anything, anything at all for just five minutes of this weather or ten minutes of that plowing that person was grumbling about. So you watch yourself about complaining, Sister. What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”

―Mamma in Wouldn’t Take Nothing for My Journey Now by Maya Angelou

A Brave and Startling Truth from Maya Angelou

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Maya Angelou, 1928-2014. May she rest in peace. Image © Adria Richards with CCLicense

A Brave and Startling Truth

We, this people, on a small and lonely planet
Traveling through casual space
Past aloof stars, across the way of indifferent suns
To a destination where all signs tell us
It is possible and imperative that we learn
A brave and startling truth

And when we come to it
To the day of peacemaking
When we release our fingers
From fists of hostility
And allow the pure air to cool our palms

When we come to it
When the curtain falls on the minstrel show of hate
And faces sooted with scorn are scrubbed clean
When battlefields and coliseum
No longer rake our unique and particular sons and daughters
Up with the bruised and bloody grass
To lie in identical plots in foreign soil

When the rapacious storming of the churches
The screaming racket in the temples have ceased
When the pennants are waving gaily
When the banners of the world tremble
Stoutly in the good, clean breeze

When we come to it
When we let the rifles fall from our shoulders
And children dress their dolls in flags of truce
When land mines of death have been removed
And the aged can walk into evenings of peace
When religious ritual is not perfumed
By the incense of burning flesh
And childhood dreams are not kicked awake
By nightmares of abuse

When we come to it
Then we will confess that not the Pyramids
With their stones set in mysterious perfection
Nor the Gardens of Babylon
Hanging as eternal beauty
In our collective memory
Not the Grand Canyon
Kindled into delicious color
By Western sunsets

Nor the Danube, flowing its blue soul into Europe
Not the sacred peak of Mount Fuji
Stretching to the Rising Sun
Neither Father Amazon nor Mother Mississippi who, without favor,
Nurture all creatures in the depths and on the shores
These are not the only wonders of the world

When we come to it
We, this people, on this minuscule and kithless globe
Who reach daily for the bomb, the blade and the dagger
Yet who petition in the dark for tokens of peace
We, this people on this mote of matter
In whose mouths abide cankerous words
Which challenge our very existence
Yet out of those same mouths
Come songs of such exquisite sweetness
That the heart falters in its labor
And the body is quieted into awe

We, this people, on this small and drifting planet
Whose hands can strike with such abandon
That in a twinkling, life is sapped from the living
Yet those same hands can touch with such healing, irresistible tenderness
That the haughty neck is happy to bow
And the proud back is glad to bend
Out of such chaos, of such contradiction
We learn that we are neither devils nor divines

When we come to it
We, this people, on this wayward, floating body
Created on this earth, of this earth
Have the power to fashion for this earth
A climate where every man and every woman
Can live freely without sanctimonious piety
Without crippling fear

When we come to it
We must confess that we are the possible
We are the miraculous, the true wonder of this world
That is when, and only when
We come to it.