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PinkMonkey.com-MonkeyNotes-I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
QUOTATION: ... the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed
to Gods will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their
living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends
the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
QUOTATION: The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an
unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted
by formal education.
QUOTATION: My race groaned. It was our people falling. It was
another lynching, yet another Black man hanging on a tree. One more woman
ambushed and raped. A Black boy whipped and maimed. It was hounds on the
trail of a man running through slimy swamps.
QUOTATION: 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.
QUOTATION: Childrens talent to endure stems from their ignorance
QUOTATION: At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender,
in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no
QUOTATION: Then the question began to live under my blankets:
How did lesbianism begin? What were the symptoms? The public library gave
information on the finished lesbianand that woefully sketchybut
on the growth of a lesbian, there was nothing. I did discover that the
difference between hermaphrodites and lesbians was that hermaphrodites
were born that way. It was impossible to determine whether
lesbians budded gradually, or burst into being with a suddenness that
dismayed them as much as it repelled society.
QUOTATION: People in Stamps used to say that the whites in our
town were so prejudiced that a Negro couldnt buy vanilla ice cream.
Except on July Fourth. Other days he had to be satisfied with chocolate.
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