In 2006, Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle sat down together for a brilliant episode of Iconoclasts, on the Sundance Channel. Chappelle had already walked away from his show on Comedy Central at this point, and in Part 2 of the episode Angelou imparts some great advice (at 8 mins, 55 seconds):

You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.

Watch the video here:

And read more here.

  • SolitaireRose

    So true. The civil rights movement came out of anger, as have many great works of art and literature. Anger, by itslef, is just an emotion. It is what you DO what that anger that matters.

  • Constance Renee Taylor

    Bitterness is like cancer

  • Diana Mitchell

    My deepest appreciation to you for posting this video. I shall take the medicine: “embrace your anger, but avoid bitterness”.

  • Paola Bueso Vadell

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

  • Emily Tuffen

    Great wisdom 🙂

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