When a naked person offers you a shirt…

I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ โ€ฆ There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.

Maya Angelou (1928 โ€“ 2014)


I have a personal fondness for Maya Angelou that goes beyond my appreciation for her art. I very admiringly remember hearing her speak in 2002 as the Commencement Speaker at my undergraduate graduation from CWRU.

29 thoughts on “When a naked person offers you a shirt…”

  1. Anyone who likes Maya Angelou is my friend. My admiration for her as a person is also beyond her art. She was larger than life.
    As to this quote, there was a joke about the early communists who professed to be ready to give the last shirt off their back to their comrades:
    – Would you give me a car if you had one?
    – Of course, comrade.
    – Would you give me a fur coat?
    – Certainly, comrade.
    – Would give me a fur hat?
    – No!
    – Why not?
    – Because I have one.
    Have a great day, David.

  2. I was very impressed after watching an interview (a long time ago) and then picked up “I know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and fell in love. I’ve read most of her other books… Then my son stole my copy of that first book (I gifted him with a couple more later).

      1. The entire Eastern Coast is in lockdown and exercise periods may be reduced to an hour a day. Darwin is down for 72 hours after a man entered the state(airport)testing positive.

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