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More Things Maya Angelou Didn’t Say

(Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The US Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp to honor the late American poet Maya Angelou. The stamp shows a photo of Angelou and a quotation. The words on the stamp are:

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.

It’s a nice line. But there’s a problem: Angelou never said that. It’s actually a quotation from a 1967 book by Joan Walsh Anglund.


The incident has inspired other people to write quotations on the Angelou stamp. The Popehat twitter feed went off on a good riff on that schtick today. My favorite is this line by Ash from Army of Darkness.

A Clockwork Orange reference.

A Game of Thrones reference.

A reference to Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man.”

Mike Collins of Funny or Die is having fun with the meme, too. You can view more examples here.

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