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Alone

Alone

  

by Maya Angelou

Alone Suffering Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Line)

Quote #1

How to find my soul a home
Where water is not thirsty
And bread loaf is not stone (3-5)

It's interesting that Angelou describes loneliness as a sort of homelessness – except there's no way to go house hunting in this world. At least, not yet.

Quote #2

There are some millionaires
With money they can't use (14-15)

Think that money will solve your problems? Think again. There's no particular way to pay your way into happiness.

Quote #3

Their wives run round like banshees (16)

Having money actually seems to turn people into something less than a human being. A banshee is a spirit announcing the upcoming death of another person. 

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