A collection of outstanding quotes from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou in meme format.
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings: Outstanding Quotations

A Peachy Books MEme Collection in tribute to Maya Angelou

A book opened with a closed pen on top and candlelight flickering in the background with the quote: There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, designed by peachy books

When truth is the aim, silence is dishonesty.

No matter how hard it is to accept or how inconvenient it can be, truth must not be supressed lest it corrode the soul.

In I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou’s vulnerability in sharing her harrowing story of courage and survival is admirable whilst her talents are appreciated through her poetic voice.


Picture of a kite flying free in the sky with the quote "I Was a loose kite in a gentle wind floating with only my will for an anchor." from I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, designed by peachy books.

Drifting away from ourselves when reality is too painful to bear is a self-preservation tactic, and a testament to the wonder that is the human mind.

The imagery in this quote by Maya Angelou, from her memoir I Know When The Caged Bird Sings, is one of the more beautiful depictions of disassociation that I’ve seen. I’ve read others interpret it instead as referencing her free spirit, which of course could also be the case.

After contemplation, I think the two concepts have more in common than different.


Image showing a hand of someone wearing a suit as the puppeteer of a wooden bendable puppet on strings with the quote: I went further than forgiving the clerk, I accepted her as a fellow victim of the same puppeteer." from I know where the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou, designed by peachy books.

Seeing past hatred to extend forgiveness is a trait that only the mighty bestow.

Recognising that bigotry is taught and having the humility to deny it the power to control one’s own direction makes Maya a master of her emotions, and a leader among wo(men).

As a powerful civil rights activist and champion, in these current times she is surely missed.


Photograph of Maya Angelou with her young son reading him a story and staring into his smiling face with the quote: "She [mother] comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy." designed by peachy books.

To wrap up this week’s quote collection for I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings I thought a picture of Maya Angelou and her son would be lovely, as she looks to be teaching him.

Finding joy in struggle, is to be resilient, driven, and grateful of your blessings. From the daily grind to practising an instrument, caring for others to minding ourselves, there is much beauty and satisfaction to be had when working hard for your family.


Watch this wonderful live performance of ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou on YouTube.


Did You Know?

Maya Angelou was born in Stamps, Arkansas and read every book in her local library from A to Z!

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