Maya Angelou:”I realized that one isn’t born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things”

Q: Your latest book is about your mother. What did you learn from her?

Maya: To develop courage. And she taught me by being courageous herself. I realized that one isn’t born with courage. One develops it by doing small courageous things—in the way that if one sets out to pick up a 100-pound bag of rice, one would be advised to start with a five-pound bag, then 10 pounds, then 20 pounds, and so forth, until one builds up enough muscle to lift the 100-pound bag. It’s the same way with courage. You do small courageous things that require some mental and spiritual exertion.

A portriat of poet Maya Angelou on June 3, 1974.
UNKNOWN LOCATION, – JUNE 3: Poet Maya Angelou on June 3, 1974. (Photo by Craig Herndon/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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