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We studied Maya Angelou's writing in school - here's what she taught us

The author passed away today at the age of 86.

“PEOPLE WILL FORGET what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

from American writer Maya Angelou, who died today at the age of 86 after an unexpected ailment.

Irish people will remember learning Angelou’s poetry in secondary school, where it left a lasting impression on many.

The hashtag #mayataughtme is trending across the world on Twitter right now – here are just some of the lessons her work taught us.

To love ourselves

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That all races are beautiful

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That we can achieve anything we set our minds to

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And the importance of speaking up

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