Saying Goodbye to Maya Angelou — A Literary Icon

The world lost one of its most important authors this morning as Maya Angelou passed. If anyone has read her works, you know that she possessed incredible inspiration that came from a troubled youth.

I remember reading parts of ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ and being totally enthralled with her poetry and writing.

And I remember being introduced to this quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” which I still think about consistently in my interactions

Her lengthy and touching NYT obit:

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Learningz, February 25

Quora sometimes has such great question & answer discussions that you get lost in reading them.

This is one of them that I loved reading through answers on

What do you think Zeople — what do we gain out of reading the classics? Or any books for that matter?

Between the wish and the thing, the world lies waiting……

I need to read All The Pretty Horses again. It’s just one of those books that attaches on to you after finishing. It’s also one of those books that doesn’t get rave reviews when recommended to not lit-minded friends. It’s not the story, it never was the story, it’s McCarthy showing why he’s a great writer, and a unique storyteller.

Here’s just one example:

“In the end we all come to be cured of our sentiments. Those whom life does not cure death will. The world is quite ruthless in selecting between the dream and reality, even where we will not. Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting. I’ve thought a great deal about my life and my country. I think there is little that can be truly known. My family has been fortunate. Others were less so. As they are often quick to point out.”