“When I was about 12, I guess, I read the statement,
I am a human being. Nothing human can be alien to me.
The statement is so complex, so simple, Angelou says, quoting the roman playwright Terence.
Homo sum: humani nil a me alienum puto.
I have been internalizing that all my life. So if Kobe Abe of Japan thinks a great thought, if Federico Garcia Lorca, or Carlos Santana writes a great line of music or a great poem, Balzac and Wole Soyinka…ALL of it is mine. And I take it all!”—Maya Angelou quoted in AP wire article by Hillel Italie