All posts tagged: Maya Angelou

Need a Pep-Talk? Here are 15 Quotes to Brighten Your Day

With my first semester of graduate school coming to an end, I’ve been seriously stressed out and my self-esteem has suffered as a result. Whether there’s something going on at work or at home, or you’re just in a rut that you can’t explain, we all need a pep-talk sometimes. Here are 15 quotes that help me get through those rough days, weeks, or months.   “Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.” – Og Mandino “With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.” – Eleanor Roosevelt “The more we do, the more we can do.” – William Hazlitt “We may encounter many defeats, but we must never be defeated.” – Maya Angelou “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” – Elon Musk “In my experience, there is only one motivation, and that is desire. No reasons or principle contain it or stand against it.” – Jane Smiley “There is no passion to be found in playing small – in settling for …

When Great Trees Fall – By Maya Angelou

When great trees fall, rocks on distant hills shudder, lions hunker down in tall grasses, and even elephants lumber after safety. When great trees fall in forests, small things recoil into silence, their senses eroded beyond fear. When great souls die, the air around us becomes light, rare, sterile. We breathe, briefly. Our eyes, briefly, see with a hurtful clarity. Our memory, suddenly sharpened, examines, gnaws on kind words unsaid, promised walks never taken. Great souls die and our reality, bound to them, takes leave of us. Our souls, dependent upon their nurture, now shrink, wizened. Our minds, formed and informed by their radiance, 
fall away. We are not so much maddened as reduced to the unutterable ignorance 
of dark, cold caves. And when great souls die, after a period peace blooms, slowly and always irregularly. Spaces fill with a kind of soothing electric vibration. Our senses, restored, never to be the same, whisper to us. They existed. They existed. We can be. Be and be better. For they existed. ― Maya Angelou

Buffalo, NY – Beyond The Reputation

A few weeks ago I visited Buffalo, NY for a family wedding, pre-snowpocalypes. My mother is from Kenmore, a suburb of Buffalo, so I have visited the city just under a dozen times in my life. This trip, however, was my first time vacationing during the fall, so I was delighted to experience a true autumn. In Tucson there are basically two seasons – summer and winter – so to see streets lined by brightly colored trees and to be able to crunch through piles of leaves on the ground was a wonderful new experience. Though quite beautiful, Buffalo is similar to Detroit or Baltimore in that it has a fairly bad reputation. When I tell people who have never been that I’m visiting, they sometimes ask “Why are you going there? Isn’t it shitty?” But that couldn’t be further from the truth. Buffalo has a spectacular history. After the opening of the Erie Canal in 1825, it quickly grew to become an economic hub of the northeast. The city’s impressive past is reflected in its architecture that includes buildings designed …

Video Of The Day: Dr. Maya Angelou

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Quotes on Creativity

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse “There’s nothing creative about living within your means.” – Francis Ford Coppola “Every artist was first an amateur.”- Ralph Waldo Emerson “Creativity is an act of defiance.”- Twyla Tharp “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.” – Alfred Hitchcock “I’m drawn to filmmaking that can transport me. Film can immerse you, put you there.” – Kathryn Bigelow “The enemy of art is the absence of limitations”- Orson Welles “My focus is my art, and that’s what I love to do. I have to be really passionate in order to do something. I’ve turned down many things that I just didn’t believe in.” -Beyoncé Knowles “Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.” – Roman Polanski “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.” – Albert Einstein “It seems that the greatest difficulty is to find the end. Don’t try to find it. It’s there already.”- Sofia Coppola “The essence of all beautiful art, all great …

Growing Old & Growing Up

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” – Maya Angelou   “You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw   “Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is war; love is growing up.”- James Baldwin   “Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you’re young. But I don’t think we make any fewer mistakes when we’re grown up.” – Jodi Picoult   “The trick is growing up without growing old. “- Casey Stengel   “I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We may marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the real children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Angelou   “Parents …