Black and African-American Quotes

Now that’s a great deal of love to care enough about a people to debase one’s self so that a whole people can survive. That’s a great deal of love. However, the last, greatest kind of love is to love yourself so much that you want to see the species continue.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou on the Greatest Love of All

Source: Smith College, 1980

I’m going to speak to you about love and the courage to love, indeed, about courage itself. It is the most important of all the virtues because without courage you cannot be sure that you can practice any other virtue with consistency. So it is important to develop courage, the courage to love in an era, in a time, when love is almost synonymous with distrust, abuse, misuse and, in fact, negligence. In order to love, I mean erotic love, agape love, familial love, platonic love, consistently, you must care first about yourselves because in order to say one loves someone else and act upon that love, one must really love one’s self.

Maya Angelou