Get to Know the Best Quotes From 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings'

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25 Quotes From 'I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings' That Are So Important

I remember reading I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in school. It was right when I realized I liked English class and I was blown away by Maya Angelou and her work. Now, years later I want to read it again.

The book is still read in school and good thing, it's a classic. Which is why I was feeling nostalgic and wanted to share some quotes from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings with you today. If you haven't read it then what are you waiting for? If it's been years, like me, then maybe it's time to find it in your bookcase and revisit the extraordinary work. You'll be inspired to reread it after visiting some of the best I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings quotes below.

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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Quotes

  • "Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes off you."

  • "Anything that works against you can also work for you once you understand the Principle of Reverse."

  • "If you're for the right thing, you do it without thinking."

  • "The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education."

  • "When things were very bad his soul just crawled behind his heart and curled up and went to sleep."

  • "It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning."

  • "He was a simple man who had no inferiority complex about his lack of education, and even more amazing no superiority complex because he had succeeded despite that lack."

  • "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you."

  • "Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between."

Quotes from I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

  • "f growing up is painful for the Southern Black girl, being aware of her displacement is the rust on the razor that threatens the throat. It is an unnecessary insult."

  • "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."

  • "She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy."

  • "Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with shades of deeper meaning."

  • "To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision."

  • "Life is going to give you just what you put in it. Put your whole heart in everything you do, and pray, then you can wait."

  • "Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst, and unsurprised by anything in between

Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Quotes

  • "The dread of futility has been my life-long plague."

  • "He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. We had him whether we know who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his."

  • "Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with the shades of deeper meaning."

  • "There is nothing a person can't do, and there should be nothing a human being didn't care about. It was the most positive encouragement I could have hoped for."

  • "In order to avoid this bitter end, we would all have to be born again, and born with the knowledge of alternatives. Even then?"

  • "Always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy."

  • "As a species, we were an abomination. All of us."

  • "It was a large heart with lots of hearts growing smaller inside, and piercing from the outside rim to the smallest heart was an arrow."

  • "God helps those who help themselves."

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