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“When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”

Each time I think about sharing this quote, I go through a protracted search process.

Y’all, Maya Angelou did not say, “when people show you who they are, believe them the first time.”

That was Oprah Winfrey, in October 2011, paraphrasing Angelou. She prefaced the memory with a 1997 video reflecting on life (relationship) lessons learned from Angelou:

 

Maya Angelou said to me, when I was telling her one of these stories about, “I’m waiting and I couldn’t believe it and he didn’t call me and I don’t know what happened,” she was saying, “My dear,” in her Maya voice.

“My dear, when people show you who they are, why don’t you believe them? Why must you be shown 29 times before you can see who they really are? Why can’t you get it the first time?”

And so the adjunct of that is, when people show you who they are, believe them the first time. Don’t wait for the twenty-ninth time (emphasis added).

 

Source: undated image of Oprah and Maya

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By Kathy E. Gill

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